Winning Ponies Welcomes Professional Handicappers and NHC 17 Finalists Jonathon Kinchen and Lisa Blevins
January 21, 2016
Hosted by John Engelhardt
With the National Handicapping Championship 17 set for Jan. 28-30 at Treasure Island, what better time to bring on two of the top contest players to share their techniques with our listeners. The first is the current points’ leader Jonathon Kinchen who stands to win a $2 million bonus with a win in Las Vegas. Kinchen, a 33-year-old realtor who has taken the contest world by storm since playing his first tournament less than two years ago, is now eligible for a $2 million bonus should he go on to win. Our guest handicapper will be Lisa Blevins who could take down the $800,000 first prize from a pool of more than $2.5 million at NHC 17 in January. It’s a goal she’s had for more than a decade, since her husband, Jobby Blevins, qualified for NHC IV in 2003. Lisa will look at three races from three different tracks - the Gr. 3 $200,000 Santa Monica S. from Santa Anita; the $100,000 Busanda S. from Aqueduct for 3-year-old fillies and Tampa's $100,000 Pasco S. for for 3-year-old males.
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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.”