Wp Welcomes Handicapper Joe Kristufek & HorseTourneys' Eric Win

March 18, 2021
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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Episode Description

Joe Kristufek is a self-proclaimed horse racing ambassador, and fan development has always been his passion. In addition to serving as the Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds paddock host and handicapper, the morning line maker for Arlington Park. and the handicapper and racing writer for the Daily Herald newspaper in his native Chicago, Joe has developed and executed several horse racing related, fan education projects. He is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association. Joe was the on-air talent for Hawthorne’s between race presentation in the 1990s. He was the owner, producer and host of popular racing magazine Horsin' Around TV. Joe has co-owned horses in partnership and helped develop the current Brilliant Racing Partnership. Joe will join John to try to etch out a Pick-4 ticket that features four Grade 2 races. The quartet will feature the 100-40-20-10 points races featuring the $1 million Louisiana Derby for Derby contenders and the $400,000 TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks. The first wo races in the Pick 4 are the $400,000 New Orleans Classic and the $300,000 grassy Muniz Memorial Classic. Eric Wing is currently Communications Director for HorseTourneys.com, horse racings #1 destination for player friendly qualifying contests and low takeout cash games. A 17year industry veteran, Eric has previously worked at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the New York Racing Association and Daily Racing Form. He is also the longtime emcee at the NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. HorseTourneys.com guru Eric Wing will join the show and outline some of the best contests to play this weekend using your E-Z Win Forms from Winningponies. Eric will give his hits and misses throughout the Kentucky Derby Preps. Then he and John will weigh in on the $1million Louisiana Derby and two Grade 3 races. From Santa Anita the San Luis Rey over the turf course and from Oaklawn Park the Hurricane Bertie.

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John Engelhardt

You may recognize him as "Racing's Regular Guy." For ten years, John Engelhardt hosted the informative and sometimes irreverent handicapping show from his base at River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio. He developed a passion for thoroughbred racing as a youngster at Saratoga, and has been able to make his love of the sport his life's calling.

Engelhardt, a native of Syracuse, New York is a graduate of the University of Dayton. His professional career in racing began as the track photographer at Beulah Park in 1983 and he has worked in racing ever since. John produced "The Stretch Run" for eight years, which aired on the CBS affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. For four years Engelhardt co-hosted "The Regular Guy Handicapping Show on HOMER 1530-AM in Cincinnati with former "Winning Ponies" host Ed Meyer.

John served as the President of the Turf Publicists of America in 2009 and 2010, after serving several years as the Midwest Vice-President of that organization. He is currently a consultant for Pinnacle Entertainment handling publicity, public relations, marketing, advertising and special events for River Downs. Under the "nom-de-course" of Heart of an Angel Stable, he has bred and owned thoroughbreds for 18 years.

"Racing's Regular Guy" has been exposed to racing on many levels and greets the sport with enthusiasm and well-rounded knowledge. Tune in Thursdays at 5PM PT, as he welcomes nationally recognized guests, who will help you find those "Winning Ponies.”

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