Week 26 of the Night School national online fan education program features a special look at handicapping American Quarter Horses with an eye toward the Labor Day Weekend's All American Derby and Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. The interactive live chat also will spotlight the Night School Tour's upcoming Labor Day stop at Parx, where more than $1 million in Thoroughbred stakes purses will be on the line.
AQHA handicapping experts Martha Claussen and Denis Blake will join Horse Player NOW's Jeremy Plonk and Jerry Shottenkirk in the live chat, while shortline racing expert Ty Wyant will appear on video. The 90-minute lesson, which begins weekly at 8:30 p.m. ET, also will include video replays and analysis of key All American Derby and Futurity trials as well as several video shorts from the 24-topic FAQ :60 series of fan education reels co-produced by AQHA and Horse Player NOW. Chris White of Parx will join the live chat to preview the Tour stop in greater Philadelphia as well.
Claussen was a well-known publicist and on-air racing analyst at Sam Houston for a decade and went on to become a racing writer for the Houston Chronicle and serve as coordinator of the AQHA's Q Racing Aces program. Blake has been a morning line maker, mutuels manager, renowned journalist and Q Racing Aces educator over more than two decades in the racing industry. Wyant is the media relations director/publicist at Ruidoso Downs and was a longtime AQHA correspondent to Daily Racing Form.
Fans can take part in the class free by visiting any one of the 40-plus websites that provides the Night School lessons each week. For those who cannot attend live, the Night School archives always are available free, immediately following the session and beyond. Videos used in all lessons also can be seen at www.youtube.com/horseplayernow
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 offered every Tuesday for 40 consecutive weeks through Dec. 3. Topics change weekly, and fans are eligible for prizes and rewards for registering. Registration is optional and free. There is never a charge for taking part in Night School. The weekly program is offered in three media: live chat via the Cover It Live blogging/chat forum, audio/radio streaming and full video lesson plans. The media of delivery is based on the subject matter and alternates throughout the season.
This week's Night School will be followed at 10:00 p.m. ET by the "After Night School Special," featuring live racing from Mountaineer Park. The segment will cover the evening's final race in real time with free, live-streaming video. Fans wishing to take part in the Mountaineer action simply need to remain in the Night School chat after class. Complimentary past performances are available, courtesy of BRIS.
Updated Night School Tour schedule: http://horseplayernow.com/10-night-school/5-night-school-tour
Study Materials: http://horseplayernow.com/images/STUDY082713.pdf
Video preview this week's lesson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iro2uqcDUi8
Pod 4 Lesson Schedule: http://horseplayernow.com/images/2013NSCALENDAR4.pdf