2021 Breeders' Cup Edition with Dan Illman and Jay Privman

November 4, 2021
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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NBC Sports will air coverage of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup on Friday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. EDT on NBCSN. On Saturday, programming will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT on NBCSN before jumping to NBC from 8 to 9 p.m. EDT. We will need every angle we can get to cash some big pool tickets and in addition to your E-Z Win Forms, we will be arming you with input from two of the most respected experts we have from the world of horse racing. Dan Illman is the DRF.com Handicapping Editor and host of the Daily Racing Form News Desk. He joined Daily Racing Form in 1998 and was promoted to handicapper two years later. Illman's “Spa Babies” and “Keeneland Babies” columns are also featured on DRF.com during the Saratoga and Keeneland meets. In 2005, Illman authored the book Betting Maidens and Two-Year-Olds. We’ll see who Dan feels are the top babies to watch on the turf and the main track at Del Mar in the four Grade 1 races on Friday along with his play in the evenly-matched Breeders’ Cup Classic. Jay Privman covers the Southern California circuit plus such national events as the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup. He is the author of "Breeders' Cup: Thoroughbred Racing's Championship Day" and a contributor to "Champions," and is a six-time winner of the Red Smith Award for best Kentucky Derby story, among numerous other writing honors. Jay always brings unique observations of the Breeders’ Cup races and we will let him weigh in on his favorite races over the two days of top-level, international championship competition.

Winning Ponies

Winning Ponies

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.

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John Engelhardt

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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