2021 Belmont Stakes Special with Matt Bernier and Ed Meyer
June 3, 2021
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Matt Bernier is a busy man these days. His handicapping analysis is in demand and in between hosting “The Matt Bernier Show” and his Belmont Day appearance at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut he is taking time to share his insights with the winningponies' audience. Odds-maker, writer, racing official and track announcer Ed Meyer will also join the show. He follows the New York racing scene quite avidly and will be giving us his best bets for a sensational afternoon of racing where the stars will be out in the afternoon. Very accomplished competitors will take to “Big Sandy” at all distances and surfaces, bringing their talents for display in 7 Grade 1 races! Next to the Breeders’ Cup, this may be one of the strongest days of racing on the calendar. Top level performers such as Swiss Skydiver, Shedaresthedevil, Knicks Go, Jackie’s Warrior will break from the gates to name just a few of the sensational performers. Highlighting the card will be the third jewel in the Triple Crown – The $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Champion Essential Quality, the Kentucky Derby favorite will run for redemption after his close 4th place finish, a head behind Hot Rod Charlie, who closed with a flurry at Churchill Downs. Preakness winner Rombauer plans to have plenty to say about the outcome in the field of eight, who will attempt the grueling 1 ½ mile challenge. It is an amazing day of racing and winningponies.com is again offering a Belmont Handicapping Contest. Just go to our website for all of the prizes offered in this free contest. So pull down the proven E-Z Win Forms and listen to the experts that will join John on this weeks show. In the words of Harvey Pack – “May the Horse be with You!”
Thursday at 5 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
On the show we will talk about the Sport of Kings. We will delve into the different features of the WinningPonies.com website. John Engelhardt will talk about the issues of the day that affect horse racing, such as synthetic surfaces, medication rule changes, the fate of the industry as a whole, VLTs and Casinos, and human interest stories of triumph and defeat. You will also hear our spot play of the week, where John will handicap the feature races for the upcoming weekend, and will give out his best plays. We will keep you abreast racing’s big events. Featured on the show will be guests (trainers, jockeys, owners, celebrity handicappers and industry insiders). Promotional giveaways will be featured, such as brand merchandise and free WinningCredits.
"Winning Ponies" is broadcast live every Thursday at 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.
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.”