Winning Ponies Welcomes Thoroughbred Writers Rich Eng and Tom Law
Richard Eng covers the Horse Racing industry. Handicapping for Dummies is one of the many handicapping books he wrote. He also is a writer for Las Vegas Review Journal and the Daily Racing Form. While Rich reports on the racing scene from coast to coast, his forte over the past decade has been the California competition. So far on the Triple Crown trail it appears that “The West Coast, is the Best Coast,” with winners Medina Spirit and Rombauer in the record books (kind of). We will ask Rich if the current trend is expected to continue in the 1 ½ mile Belmont Stakes. Only Santa Anita offers two graded stakes races on Saturday and we’ll see who Rich and John favor in those events. The first is the Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Maria, a race that could launch Ce Ce to millionaire status. Michael McCarthy, fresh off of his Preakness win, will send her to post over the Santa Anita main track where she flourishes. In the Grade 3, $100,000 Honeymoon at 1 1/8 miles on the turf, the big question appears to be – who can go the distance? The Irish-bred Going Global did just so when winning the Grade 3 Providencia here in April. Eyes will also be on the lightly raced Madone, who has won 4 of 5 starts on grass at a mile while taking the Grade 3 Senorita at Santa Anita. Tom Law is the Managing Editor of ST Publishing, Inc., the award-winning publishing company that produces The Saratoga Special and Steeplechase Times. He is expected to assist in marketing, sales, and editorial efforts at a satellite office in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in early 2013. Law, a native of Saratoga Springs, is currently the president of the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters, which he served as president of from 2006 to 2012. The former longtime managing editor for Thoroughbred Times, Law was recognized in 2011 with the Eclipse Award in the Multimedia/Internet category for coverage of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup. He is a two-time winner of the Bill Leggett Breeders’ Cup Writing Award and the winner of the Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Award. Along with Joe and Sean Clancy, Tom helps operate the popular racing website thisishorseracing.com Tom Law is now President of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. As a respected journalist we thought Tom would be the perfect person to weigh in on all that has happened in the world of racing in the past three weeks, from the Derby, its post-race storm for Bob Baffert through Rombauer’s impressive upset win in the Preakness Stakes. Tom and the Clancy brothers are already gearing up for the summer season at the Spa and he will update us on “The Return (in print) of the popular Saratoga Special!”
WP Welcomes Author/'capper Rich Eng and Handicapper Nancy Holthus
Kentucky Derby and Oaks preps have been center stage, and with one exception this week, the spotlight will go on the older horses. Handicapper and author Rich Eng will join us from Las Vegas to give us his impressions of the major preps thus far. Rich has laser focus on the west coast scene, and we have two solid races to look at – the Gr. 1 $300,000 Beholder Mile that features the 2021 debut of champion Swiss Skydiver and the Gr. 3 San Simeon, an evenly matched group of older horses which includes the debut of Cistron, a 7-year-old horse who won this race last year and finished second in 2019.Oaklawn Park has a slew of stakes races on Saturday’s program including the weekends only Derby points race – the Gr. 2 $1,000,000 Rebel Stakes. Joining us will be Oaklawn’s on-air personality and handicapper Nancy Holthus. She will join John to discuss the Oaklawn meet thus far and the Rebel that features and interesting cast of competitors that include recent Smarty Jones 10-length winner Caddo; the lightly-raced, but undefeated Concert Tour and last season’s Kentucky Jockey Club victor Keepmeinmind. Nancy will also analyze the Gr. 2 $350,000 Azeri and the $500,000 Essex Handicap.
2020 Breeders' Cup Review with Author / Handicapper Rich Eng
Well it was a pleasurable two days of World-Class racing we witnessed in the Breeders’ Cup on a picture-perfect day. Wish we could have been there…oh well. Hope you all enjoyed betting and viewing the action, as there was excellent television coverage. We’ll be reviewing the weekend's highlights and then follow some of the super stars to their new homes or trips through the sales ring. John will be joined by his longtime friend Rich Eng, the author of Betting on Horse Racing for Dummies. You can follow Rich on Twitter @RichEng4ProPick, Facebook and www.racedaylasvegas.com For 20 years, he was Turf Editor and Handicapper for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
2020 Kentucky Derby Preview with Handicappers Rich Eng and Ed Meyer
It's hard to feel it, but it is Kentucky Derby/Oaks weekend! It looks like there will be no one inside, but perhaps protesters outside. Most of us will be having a private Derby Party in the comfort of our home or favorite betting outlet, but the races must go on! We've brought in two of our most popular handicappers - Rich Eng and Ed Meyer. of course they will be tackling the famous Oaks and Derby but we are giving the boys the chance to pick some of their favorite races on the under-card of both days. With some favorites being featured in the main events, we'll be mining for gold in the races leading up to them for your chance to get angles on Pick 3's and 4 leading up to them. ritsWith the national huge betting pools on these two days you will want to take advantage of our E-Z Win Forms and with that information and the insight from the show we hope you make some memorable scores. As always we will be featuring our free Derby Day Contest with cash and WP credits as prizes!
WP Welcomes New Vocations' Anna Ford and Handicapper Rich Eng
Anna Ford from New Vocations is the program Director in charge of the Thoroughbreds & Adoption Office. This program starting this week, will produce the simulcast television feed for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race which will run informational slates that feature retired racehorses available for adoption. The slates will include a photo of the horse, biographical info, what they will be most suitable for in retirement (ie. trail riding, show jumping, etc…) and contact information for the farm where the horse is located.Rich Eng will join John to take a step back and look at “The Year in Review.” A lot happened in the racing world in 2020 and issues are percolating concerning track and horses safety, new medication restrictions, jockey regulation in the saddle. Maximum Security was first horse to be disqualified in the Derby.. Horse of the Year looks like between Bricks and Mortar and Mitole. There is plenty for discussion and Rich will share his insights with us.
WP Welcomes Back Handicappers Rich Eng and Byron King
Going Coast to Coast up first Rich Eng will tackle the 2 graded stakes at Saratoga on Saturday - the Gr. 1 dollar 600,000 Alabama and the Gr. 2 dollar 200,000 Lake Placid. The Alabama is shaping up as a very interesting race as jockey Sophie Doyle will make her Saratoga debut aboard Indiana Oaks winner Street Band for trainer Larry Jones. They will have some tough competition with Point of Honor, winner of the Black-Eyed Susan Iowa Oaks winner Lady Apple and Gulfstream Park Oaks winner Champagne Anyone.Renowned handicapper Byron King will join John to analyze 3 graded stakes at Del Mar on Saturday - the Win and You are In Gr. 1 dollar 1 million Pacific Classic Gr. 1 Del Mar Oaks and Gr. 2 Win and You're In Del Mar Handicap.Jockey John Velazquez will make his seasonal Del Mar Debut with recent Stephen Foster winner Seeking the Soul. It is a deep talent laden field that includes millionaire Quip, who was only a neck behind Seeking the Soul in the Stephen Foster Pavel and War Story.
WP Welcomes Retired Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr/ Writer Rich Eng
There are a few female jockeys who will always be associated with their historic “firsts.” Diane Crump was the first to ride in a sanctioned race and the first to ride in the Kentucky Derby. Julie Krone the first to win a Triple Crown race. Rosie Napravnik the first to win the Kentucky Oaks.But who was the first female rider to win an Eclipse Award? It was in 1992 that Rosemary Homeister Jr. won the Eclipse Award as the outstanding apprentice jockey.Now she is a physical fitness trainer. She’ll discuss her successful riding career and her current dedication to making the lives of others better. Author, handicapper, and radio show host Rich Eng will join the show from his base in Las Vegas, where this weekend you can bet on the flip of a coin the color of the commentators suit in the Super Bowl! Rich and John will give their selections in the Patriots vs. Rams game and three races that are stepping stones to the Kentucky Derby – The Swale, Holy Bull and Robert B. Lewis Stakes.
WP Welcomes DRF Marty McGee and Handicapper Rich Eng
It's Win and You're In! weekend, with top races on both coasts and in the heart of Bluegrass country. It's opening weekend at Keeneland and covering the races there is one of the Daily Racing Form's top writers and handicappers - Marty McGee. The Eclipse Award winner will join John to analyze the Grade 1 $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity; Grade 1 $400,000 First Lady Stakes; Grade 2 $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes and the grand finale Grade 1 $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile. Author and Handicapper Rich Eng will cover the coasts from his palatial estate in Las Vegas with the Grade 1 $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship from Santa Anita and the Grade 1 $500,000 Champagne Stakes and Grade 1 $400,000 Beldame Stakes from Belmont Park.
Award Winning Photog Patricia McQueen - Writer 'capper Rich Eng
Patricia McQueen is an award-winning photographer, journalist and lifelong horse racing fan. She fell in love with the sport as a pre-teen watching Secretariat on television in 1973 and never looked back. Patricia was on Winningponies recently, but she and John had so many Secretariat stories they barely scratched the surface and ran out of time. This will be Part 2 and will include her charitable efforts supporting the industry. Popular handicapper / writer Rich Eng will join in for the handicapping portion of the show. The trail to the Triple Crown will have a trifecta of point races to get in the Derby with the Grade 2 $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes from Gulfstream Park; the Grade 3 $250,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct and the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita.
'Winning Ponies Welcomes Ex Jockey TV Producer and Equine Aftercare Manager Stacie Clark and Author and Handicapper Rich Eng'
Stacie Clark, raised in Ontario, Canada, is the daughter of thoroughbred trainer Joan Clark and owner Peter Clark. Growing up around racing, her parents’ passion for the industry soon became her own. From riding as a jockey to being Associate Producer and Racing Television Commentator to Award winning productions “Woodbine Entertainment Live” and “Woodbine Racing Live, Stacie currently serves on Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. She will give us a glimpse on a life lived around horses and racing. Rich Eng is a respected author, columnist and handicapper. A frequent guest on Winningponies, he will give his analysis of the 3-year-old crop after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes outcomes. Rich and John will also look at Saturday races from Canada to Kentucky. From Woodbine the $175,000 Nassau S. (G2); from Monmouth Park the $100,000 Red Bank S. (G3); from Churchill Downs the $100,000 Winning Colors S. (G3); and from Arlington Park the $100,000 Arlington Classic S. (G3).