Winning Ponies Presents Jockey Author Janice Blake and Writer Chart Caller John McDulin
January 9, 2014
Hosted by John Engelhardt
We have two timely and experienced guests on the show this week. Tragedy struck the racing world when "Caixa Eletronica," winner of the 2012 Fall Highweight at Aqueduct, a popular four-time graded stakes winner, died as the result of injuries he suffered in a training accident at approximately 8 a.m. on Saturday at Belmont Park. The 9-year-old was galloping on the training track when he collided with another horse, "Six Drivers," who was running loose after having unseated his rider behind the starting gate. Our first guest is Janice Blake a jockey, exercise rider and now the author of "How To Exercise A Thoroughbred Race Horse". Janice also produced a series of educational videos that take the viewer through the experience and complete duties of an exercise rider. Beulah Park, in operation since 1923 will be closing its doors after this season. Oaklawn Park will be opening its gates for a new season of racing on Friday. John McDulin of the Daily Racing Form will share some humorous stories of his many years in the press box at Beulah Park and reflect on his days at Oaklawn Park. We will handicap their opening day feature - the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes for 3-year-olds and two graded races from Santa Anita - the Grade 2 $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes and the Ky. Derby-point earner Grade 3 100,000 Sham Stakes.
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.”