WP Welcomes Author / Handicappers Frank Angst and Anthony Stabile
May 6, 2021
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Frank Angst from the Blood-Horse is letting his keyboard cool off after a solid, few weeks covering the Kentucky Derby. He agreed to take his feet off the desk and join us to give his reflections on the “Run for the Roses,” before, during and after the race. We’ll also ask Frank to give us his input on the Preakness Stakes and its ever-growing field. Will Medina Spirit have his chance for a Triple Crown derailed by his own stablemate Concert Tour? A lot of questions remain, with a lot of new shooters expected in the field. Anthony “the Big A” Stabile was born at the racetrack. His parents met at Aqueduct, he worked as a hotwalker, groom and jockey agent at the NYRA tracks throughout high school and college before becoming a writer and handicapper for the NY Post in May 1999. At the Post he 'capped 6 or 7 tracks a day, both Thoroughbred and harness and shattered all public handicapping records by showing an $88 profit at the 1999 Saratoga meet, his first as a public handicapper. He has contributed to both the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup editions of The Bloodhorse, and was co-host of “Thoroughbred Central” for the NY City OTB Television Network, He is best known for selecting the NY-bred gelding Funny Cide to win the 2003 Kentucky Derby at 12-1 and had “the gutsy gelding” at 150-1 in a Vegas future book as well as in all 3 Kentucky Derby Future Pools. He was the ghost writer for Funny Cide in a series of columns in the Post and authored “Through the Binocs,” a daily recap of the day’s action at NYRA racetracks. The horses are moving from the Big A to Belmont Park and on Saturday, the best racing in the nation will take place there. Five graded stakes races will be presented highlighted by the grassy Gr. 1, $700,000 Man O’ War. The Belmont Stakes won’t be contested until June 5, and we’ll get a look at some potential starters in the Gr. 3 $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes. The 9-furlong race has attracted the 1-2 finishers in the Gr. 3 Withers as Risk Taking and Overtook will load into the gate. Also on the undercard are a trio of Gr. 3, $150,000 stakes – the 6-Furlong Runhappy; Vagrancy and the Beaugay on the Belmont greensward.
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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.”