Night School Begins Tonight

Handicapping Night School's 40-week run begins March 5.

Press Release
March 5, 2013

Night School

Night School, the racing industry's national online fan education program, polishes its apple and returns  to class Tuesday, March 5, for its third season.

The opening night topic, which gets underway at 8:30 p.m. ET, will be "Introduction to Night School" and will highlight the upcoming season and discuss the importance of fan education. Special guests in the live chat taking questions from the fans include Maggie Wolfendale and Andy Serling of the New York Racing Association, as well as Hoofbeats Magazine editor T.J. Burkett.

Presenting title sponsors for Night School are the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Inc. and the United States Trotting Association.

Night School is hosted by its co-creators Joe Kristufek and Jeremy Plonk of Horse Player NOW, and they will be joined by original cast members Caton Bredar and Jill Byrne for another season. This week's session includes live interactive chat as well as video input, including video appearances by trainers Dale Romans and Michelle Nihei, jockey Francisco Torres and jockey agents Ron Anderson and Penny Ffitch-Heyes.

The 90-minute classes will be offered every Tuesday for 40 consecutive weeks through December 3. Topics change weekly, and fans are eligble for prizes and rewards for registering. Registration is free within the live chat and optional, and Night School always is offered free to racing fans. 

This week's Night School will be followed by the season debut of the "After Night School Special," featuring live racing from Mountaineer Park, beginning at 10 p.m. ET. The segment will cover the evening's final race in real time with free, live-streaming video. Fan wishing to take part in the Mountaineer action simply need to remain in the Night School chat after class.

The Night School lessons continue each week with the all-new "Night School Friday Night Live" from Remington Park, featuring expert analysis and live chat for an entire card of action with compliementary live streaming video. The Friday live chats begin at 6:30 p.m. ET and extend through the evening's final race, co-hosted by track announcer Dale Day, morning line maker Jerry Shottenkirk and Horse Player NOW's Jeremy Plonk.
This week's Night School preview video Joe Kristufek and Jeremy Plonk:
This week's study materials, courtesy of Horse Player NOW: