Night School, the racing industry's national online fan education program, tackles the handicapping quandary of "shippers" as noted trainer Kellyn Gorder joins the interactive live chat this Tuesday. The 90-minute program gets under way at 8:30 p.m. ET and also features a video interview with respected Mid-Atlantic trainer Ben Perkins Jr. on the subject.
"Handicapping Shippers" will be the 38th of 40 Night School sessions during the 2012 season, which runs through mid-November. The lesson plan includes topical videos, downloadable study materials and the chance for fans to interact with the experts during the live Q&A chat. The panelists will discuss the challenges of moving horses from one track to another, what a horseplayer can do to evalutate the transition, and more. Horse Player NOW analysts Joe Kristufek and Brian W. Spencer also provide a video analysis of handicapping shippers. Tuesday's live chat session will be co-hosted by Kristufek, Caton Bredar and Jill Byrne.
Gorder opened a public stable five years ago and is enjoying a career year in 2012 behind horses like Super Derby winner Bourbon Courage. Prior to becoming a public trainer, he worked for 505 Farm and WinStar Farm, and he helped develop the young careers of horses such as Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Breeders' Cup Classic champion Drosselmeyer. His Midwestern-based stable is noted for shipping around the region and finding winning spots.
This week's Night School will be followed by another "After Night School Special," featuring live racing from Mountaineer Park, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET. The segment will cover the evening's final race in real time with free, live-streaming video and complimentary Daily Racing Form past performances.
This week, the Night School curriculum also includes a special Thursday night live chat that will preview the upcoming Churchill Downs Fall Meet. Churchill opens it stand on Sunday, and the meet-preview, Big Event chat will begin Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Note that next Tuesday's Night School will feature an extensive Breeders' Cup Preview, including analysis from several top-flight handicappers of racing's championship days.