'Winning Ponies' Welcomes Race Caller Jonathan Horowitz and Professional Handicapper Gary Johnson

November 21, 2013
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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This week we will be shining the spotlight on two tracks that don't normally get any attention, but will be having big days on Saturday and Sunday - Delta Downs and Zia Park. It will be an all-handicapping show with handicapping contest guru Gary Johnson taking on the races at Delta Downs and Jonathan Horowitz reporting from his home court at Zia Park. Currently the racetrack announcer at Zia Park and Arapahoe Park Jonathan Horowitz will give us a scoop on the inaugural "Land of Enchantment Day" to be held at Zia Park Racetrack & Casino on Sunday, November 24. Several graded stakes winners from around the country have been nominated to the "Land of Enchantment Day" which will feature the first running of the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks for 3yo fillies at 1 1/16 miles, the $200,000 Zia Park Derby for 3yo at 1 1/16 miles, the $150,000 Zia Park Distance Championship for older horses at 1 1/8 miles, the $140,000 Eddy County Stakes for 2yo bred in New Mexico at 1 mile, and the $55,000 Zia Park Distaff for fillies and mares at 6 furlongs. Jonathan will join John in handicapping those races. In the second segment consistent qualifier for the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, Gary Johnson will join John in handicapping the major stakes races at Delta Downs on Saturday, November 23. The $1,000,000g Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) for 2yo at 1 1/16 miles, the $500,000g Princess Stakes (gr. III) for 2yo fillies at 1 mile, the $150,000g Delta Mile Stakes, for 3&up at 1 mile, the $150,000g Louisiana Jewel(R) for 2yo fillies, Louisiana-bred, at 1 mile, the $150,000g Louisiana Legacy(R) for 2yo colts & geldings, Louisiana-bred, at 1 mile and the $150,000g Treasure Chest for 3&up fillies & mares at a mile.

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Winning Ponies

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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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