'Winning Ponies' welcomes NTRA contests qualifier Brian Feldman and trainer Steve Margolis

January 6, 2011
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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Episode Description

Mr. Brian Feldman, a driver from Mason, Ohio, who qualified online for the 2010 NHC, moved into eighth place on the tour with 8,073 points. He has qualified for the NHC twice before, finishing 14th in 2001 after winning the Turfway qualifier and competing again in 2007. Turfway is his home track. To qualify for the national championship and earn tour points, players enter contests at tracks around the country and online. Mr. Feldman will be talking to our host about the intricacies of playing on the NTRA tour. Soon after graduating from high school, Mr. Margolis worked at Belmont Park, where he rubbed horses for eventual Hall of Fame trainer John Veitch. He also worked for Pat Byrne and Howie Tesher before joining Stanley Hough's outfit in the 1990s. He then traveled to Kentucky in 1997 as Hough's assistant, and went out on his own in the fall of 2000. Mr. Margolis won his first race on Sept. 15, 2000, with Her Great Affair at Turfway Park. Hough's primary owners, Robert and Bea Roberts, began dispersing their bloodstock in 2000, and in 2001 sent Steve some nice two-year-olds. Mr. Margolis earned his first graded stakes win with Baileys Edge in the 2003 Mr. Prospector Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park. He then won the 2003 Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3) at Turfway Park with Cajun Beat, who became the trainer's first Breeders' Cup starter and winner, taking that year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at odds of nearly 23-1.

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, 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.

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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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