'Winning Ponies' welcomes trainer Graham Motion, and welcomes back jockey Rosemary Homeister.
July 15, 2010
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Graham Motion: Born on May 22, 1964, in Cambridge, England, Mr. Motion's father Michael was internationally recognized as the representative for Tattersalls, the British sales company. So he was around horses early in his life, accompanying his father to the sales. Mr. Motion worked for Jonathan Sheppard from 1985-90, briefly for Jonathan Pease in France, and Bernie Bond after his return to the United States in 1991. Mr. Motion notched his first training victory with Bounding Daisy at Laurel Park in 1993. He won his first career Grade I winner when Film Maker won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on October 11, 2003. He won his first Breeders' Cup race with Better Talk Now who was victorious in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Lone Star Park in 2004. Rosemary Homeister: Born on July 5, 1972, in Hollywood, FL, Homeister started her life with horses at a very early age, her mother Rosemary, is a trainer and her father was an exercise rider. “I just fell in love with it because my mother and father were at the races every day and working in the morning. I was always around the riders and the horses. I lived on a farm with my own horses so it was just in my blood growing up. Actually from when I was two, I knew that I wanted to be a jockey,” Homeister has said of her calling. Since then, Homeister has won more than 2,000 races at tracks in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and along the East Coast of the United States from Florida to New York. Homeister is now the second leading female jockey of all time, behind only Julie Krone. She is one of only five female riders to compete in the Kentucky Derby, and says that it is a feat that she would like to repeat – “But next time I want to win!”
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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.”