'Winning Ponies' Welcomes NARA Executive Director Remi Bellocq and DRF Columnist/Handicapper Byron King
April 18, 2013
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Remi Bellocq will talk a little about what keeps him busy at Equine Programming for Bluegrass Community and Technical College these days, which he joined after 18 years in various management positions at racetracks across North America, notably Santa Anita in southern California. Remi will tell us about their trip to Abu Dhabi in Nov. 2012, and all the fund raising efforts to support their teaching horses at the College. He will brush over the new online course offerings, summer classes in the field of horse racing, and talk a little about the Equine Industry Workforce Certificate obtained by its graduates. He will give us a feel of what a typical day is like for NARA students. He will go over some NARA statistics and how we can get in touch with that organisation. In the second segment DRF columnist Byron King will be our guest handicapper. He will help John analyze the Doubledogdare Stakes on Friday and the Coolmore Lexington on Saturday, both at Keeneland; and the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne and the Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita.
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.”