'Winning Ponies' Welcomes Churchill Downs' Senior Director of Communications and Media Services Darren Rogers and DRF Handicapper and Columnist Byron King

June 11, 2015
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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With all eyes on Louisville Saturday, with Triple Crown hero 'American Pharoah' set to parade at Churchill Downs before the fans, senior director of communications & media services Darren Rogers will tell us about this media event to happen in the paddock at "Downs After Dark" with trophies presentations to 'American Pharoah's winning jockey Victor Espinoza, Hall of fame trainer Bob Baffert and owner and breeder Ahmed Zayat. He will also elaborate on the increase in purse structure at Churchill which is having its best meeting since the Kentucky Derby with record attendances and handles. Byron King DRF Kentucky handicapper and columnist will give his take on the Triple Crown and will look ahead to this Saturday's major stakes at Churchill. The $100,000 Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes, the $200,000 Grade 1 Fleur de Lis Handicap, the $500,000 Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap and the $100,000 Grade 3 Regret Stakes.

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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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