'Winning Ponies' Presents Keeneland Communications Director Julie Balog and DRF Writer/Handicapper Steve Andersen
April 4, 2013
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Julie Balog is the Director of Communications at the Keeneland Association, the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction company and a world-class Thoroughbred race course, where she joined in 1999. She has led Keeneland’s media outreach relations efforts. Keeneland is unveiling a host of enhancements for the upcoming spring meeting to help make betting easier and more enjoyable for fans. Aditional race analysis this spring from handicapper Katie Mikolay Gensler and longtime Keeneland handicapper Mike Battaglia for each race with Gensler concentrating on offering up-to-the-minute analysis from the Keeneland Paddock. In addition, staff from such local and trade media outlets as the Blood-Horse, Daily Racing Form and Lexington Herald-Leader will provide their daily selections for each race on in-field board and in-house televisions. Gensler, along with handicappers Jeremy Plonk and Joe Kristufek, will give selections on Keeneland’s twitter handle @keenelandracing. Julie will give us the lowdown on all the innovations taking place at Keeneland this spring, such as additional guaranteed money pick-4 and pick-5 on marquee days such as Toyota Blue Grass Stakes day. In the second segment Daily Racing Form handicapper Steve Anderson will go over with John some of the important stakes races slated for this week-end. Races which will be analyzed are the $750,000 Gr.1 Santa Anita Derby and the $300,000 Gr.1 Santa Anita Oaks both at Santa Anita; the $1,000,000 Gr.1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and the $500,000 Gr.1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland.
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.”