Winning Ponies Welcomes Horse Racing Nation Managing Editor Brian Zipse and Writer and Handicapper Gary West
March 24, 2016
Hosted by John Engelhardt
Brian Zipse who operates the site Horse Racing Nation has been tracking the horses who will compete for the rich purses in Dubai this week. Led by the 2014 Horse of the Year, California Chrome, and last year’s Wood Memorial and Pennsylvania Derby winner, Frosted, a field of 13 probables has been announced for the March 26 Dubai World Cup. Both American stars have been in Dubai for some time, and they each look to be coming up to the race in fine fettle. Brian will give us an update on the scene in Dubai. New Orleans native and outstanding handicapper Gary West will join us to examine four graded stakes races from the Fair Grounds. Kentucky Derby hopefuls will square off in the $1,000,000 Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, Fillies pointing to the Kentucky Oaks will match strides in the $400,000 Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks. Older horses will take to the turf in the $300,000 Grade 2 Muniz Memorial Handicap. An all-stakes Pick-4 starts with the $400,000 Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap.
Thursday at 5 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
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.”