'Winning Ponies' Presents Writer / Publisher Sue Finley and Editor / Handicapper Tom LaMarra
September 19, 2013
Hosted by John Engelhardt
From an internship in the NYRA press department while a cum laude graduate of New York University with Bachelor's Degrees in French and Journalism, Sue Finley has spent her entire career in horse racing. She spent her childhood commuting to Belmont Park from her home in Weston, Connecticut. While still a senior at NYU she accepted a full-time position at NYRA in her final term. Her career took her from Senior Media Coordinator at NYRA to a researcher for ABC's Wide World of Sports, to Director of Administration and Publicity at one of ABC's properties, the American Championship Racing Series, to Co-Publisher of the Thoroughbred Daily News(TDN). She will tell us about her wide reaching career in horse racing and what got her involved in the first place. In the second segment a familiar guest on this show, News Editor of the Blood-Horse, Tom LaMarra who is familiar with the horses from the Philadelphia area will be handicapping two $1,000,000 races from Parx - the Grade 1 Cotillion stakes and the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby. There is a big weekend at Charles Town headlined by the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks which we will analyze in addition to the Grade 2 $200,000 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park.
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.”