'Winning Ponies' Presents the 2013 Oaks and Derby Preview

May 2, 2013
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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For this year's Kentucky Oaks and Derby preview, we have lined up a trifecta of handicappers representing the country from coast to coast, who will help us put the Oaks and Derby picture into perspective. West-coast based Jay Privman, Louisville's own Jennie Rees and Daily Racing Form's East coast handicapping editor Dan Illman. Jay Privman covers the Southern California circuit plus such national events as the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup. He is the author of "Breeders' Cup: Thoroughbred Racing's Championship Day" and a contributor to "Champions." Jennie Rees has been associated with the Louisville Courrier-Journal as a turf writer for the last 28 years. Prior to that, she had a stint of 2 years with the Rochester Times-Union as a sportswriter copy editor. She was a member and former president of the National Turf Writers Association. She was also a key member of team that won Eclipse Award for on-line/multi-media coverage, in 2008. Dan Illman is the DRF.com Handicapping Editor and host of the Daily Racing Form News Desk. Illman's “Spa Babies” and “Keeneland Babies” columns are also featured on DRF.com during the Saratoga and Keeneland meets. Prior to DRF, Illman worked as racing writer, analyst, and handicapper for Sports Eye Inc. In 2005, Illman authored the book Betting Maidens and Two-Year-Olds, and he released the DVD Trip Handicapping in 2008, both for DRF Press. He also co-hosted the weekly New York City-OTB TV show “Out of the Gate” from 2007-2010. All three will join forces with our host to sort out the contenders from the pretenders of both the Kentucky Oaks to run on Friday May 3rd and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 4th both at Churchill Downs.

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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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