Winning Ponies Presents Eclipse Award Writer Jennie Rees and Columnist , Handicapper Richard Eng
January 16, 2014
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Jennie Rees, the veteran horse racing writer for The Courier-Journal, was named the 2013 Kentucky Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. It is her second time receiving the award. For the last 29 years Jennie Rees has been associated with the Louisville Courrier-Journal as a turf writer. She was a member and former president of the National Turf Writers Association. Rees has been in The Courier-Journal sports department since 1981, covering horse racing since 1983. She is a three-time individual winner of racing’s Eclipse Award for outstanding writing — in 1988 for magazine writing, 1993 for newspaper writing and 2011 for news/enterprise. She also was an integral part of the C-J team that won the 2008 multimedia Eclipse. Rees also is a five-time winner of a Red Smith Award for writing on the Kentucky Derby. Our second guest is no stranger to this show. Richard Eng is a columnist/handicapper for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and author of "Horse Racing for Dummies & The Guide to U.S. Casinos and Racinos." You can follow him on Twitter @RichEng4ProPick. Last week at Santa Anita Rich had 9 listed winners, not all were top choices, but the early Pick 5 paid $1,127 and he received a couple e-mails from readers who cashed in off of his selections. We have a big Saturday at Gulfstream and Fair Grounds, but we are just going to pick one major race at each. The $200,000 Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes for 3-year-ols at Fair Grounds and the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park. In Rich’s neck of the woods we will cover the $200,000 Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita and 'Cap the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate.
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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.
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.”