2014 Kentucky Derby and Oaks Previews with the Experts Dan Illman, Gary West and Dan Cronin

May 1, 2014
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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For this year's Kentucky Oaks and Derby previews, we have lined up 3 expert handicappers representing the country from coast to coast, who will help put the Oaks and Derby picture into perspective. Dan Illman who is the DRF.com Handicapping Editor and host of the Daily Racing Form News Desk, Gary West who currently is a frequent contributor to ESPN, and was a regular columnist for the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star Telegram and Daily Racing Form's East coast handicapping editor Dan Cronin will join John in previewing the two major races this weekend at Churchill Downs - The Kentucky Oaks to be run on Friday and the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by YUM! BRANDS to be run on Saturday. They will also delve into some of the supporting features such as the $500,000 Gr. 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes, and the $300,000 Gr. 2 Alysheba Stakes.

Winning Ponies

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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