'Winning Ponies' welcomes rider Alan Garcia.
April 1, 2010
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Alan Garcia was born 2 October 1985 in Lima, Peru. Garcia was no stranger to the horse racing fraternity. His father and grandfather respectively were jockeys in Peru, and he started jockey school at the age of 14, and began riding professionally in 2002. In 2003, he was named the top novice jockey in Peru, where he won 48 races, before fellow jockey and companion, Alfredo Clemente, impressed with Garcia's riding skills, suggested he move to the United States. 2007 was to be a momentous year for Garcia. He had 235 wins from 1,439 mounts, and was victorious with his first Breeder' Cup mount, becoming the 3rd jockey to be 1-for-1 in Breeders' Cup mounts, dominating the 2007 Filly & Mare Turf aboard Lahudood. He was also the last jockey to steer 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide to victory in the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap at Finger Lakes in July 2007. And in December, he was graded 13th nationally, wrapping up his first successful year in New York. In 2008, he performed his most notable feat, when he rode Da' Tara in the third leg of the Triple Crown in the 2008 Belmont Stakes, crowning him triumphant.
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, jockey’s agents, owners, and celebrity handicappers). 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.”