'Winning Ponies' Welcomes Downey Profile Founder Dick Downey and Handicapper 'Keeneland Dan' Cronin

April 16, 2015
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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With 2 weeks until the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Dick Downey will be looking at Derby prospects and trends he has discovered in handicapping the race over the years. We will also handicap the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne - a race that could produce some new players in the Preakness Stakes. Dick Downey, a native Kentuckian, is an attorney and retired Circuit Judge. In 2003, he founded The Downey Profile a seasonal website dedicated to coverage of the Kentucky Derby, the Triple Crown Trail and other events. Who better to have on Keeneland's closing weekend than a man nicknamed "Keeneland Dan"? Back with us is outstanding handicapper Dan Cronin. Dan and John will be breaking down the $250,000 Grade 2 Elkhorn Stakes from Keeneland, the $150,000 Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita, and the $1,500,000 Grade 2 Charles Town Classic where a talented group of older horses are lining up for a chance to beat the "Champ" - Shared Belief on his first foray away from California.

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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.

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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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