Night School, the racing industryís national online fan education program since 2011, presents an in-depth lesson tonight on "Pedigree Handicapping," looking at a horse's genetic makeup and how it applies to selecting a winner. The free program is offered online each Tuesday, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET and runs 40 consecutive weeks through Dec. 2. More than 40 websites in the Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse and Standardbred industries simultaneously offer the Night School lessons.
"Pedigree Handicapping" will feature one of the industry's most recognized experts in the field when Sid Fernando makes his Night School debut. Fernando is president of Werk Thoroughbred Consultants and EMatings.com, creators of eNicks. He also is a former bloodstock editor for Daily Racing Form.
The interactive discussion will be simulcast on SiriusXM satellite radio with the free audio stream able to be accessed directly from the radio link within the Night School live chat module. Those listening on the dial can catch the show on Sirius 220 or XM 206. Night School founder Jeremy Plonk and original cast member Caton Bredar join weekly with Steve Byk of ďAt the Races with Steve BykĒ from 8:30-10 p.m. ET during Night Schoolís traditional timeslot. Each week, top guests in the world of handicapping and horse racing will be featured.
Tonight's lesson also will include a report from Bredar on the current Keeneland September Yearling Sale, highlighting what's hot and what's not on the subject of pedigrees. The panel will discuss the importance of pedigree, when it can be best applied to decision-making, and how to identify pedigree points in the past performances.
Free archives of all lessons, current and past, remain available for views by racing fans and horseplayers at any time. Therefore, if you canít make class each week during the 90-minute live session, you can still take part and reap the benefits. Title sponsors for 2014 include charter members National Thoroughbred Racing Association and American Quarter Horse Association, as well as Keeneland Select, The Stronach Group, Twinspires, BRIS, Bet America, Mountaineer Park and Woodbine Entertainment.
Night School is free and voluntary with no registration necessary. Simply visit any of the Night School syndicate websites weekly at 8:30 pm ET to take in the live lesson, or access the archives at any of those same sites at your leisure. The program does offer a voluntary registration both live or in the archives. Attendees who register in at least half (20) of the seasonís lessons are eligible to win prizes that include merchandise, NHC Tour memberships, handicapping contests, free handicapping products, etc. Fans who enjoy playing the races can participate alongside the Night School experts in two additional ways. The Night School Woodbine Wednesdays live chats feature the live races on the program each Wednesday at Woodbine. And, Night School Friday Night Live at Remington Park is a weekly Friday live chat during the full card from Oklahoma City. Both offerings present free live video streaming, free BRISNET.com past performances, real-time expert advice and fan camaraderie.
2014 FALL SEMESTER TOPIC SCHEDULE
Session Date Fall Semester Topics (all begin 8:30p ET)
27 2-Sep Trip Handicapping
28 9-Sep Sheets Handicapping
29 16-Sep Pedigree Handicapping
30 23-Sep Layoffs
31 30-Sep Handicapping Stakes Races
32 7-Oct Racing's Town Hall Meeting
33 14-Oct AQHA Challenge Handicapping *
34 21-Oct Identifying Key Races
35 28-Oct Breeders' Cup Handicapping *
36 4-Nov Election Night - Horseplayers Polling
37 11-Nov Handicapping Tournaments/Contests
38 18-Nov Slumps & Bad Beats
39 25-Nov Betting Online
40 2-Dec Fan's Choice
*-denotes live chat lessons with no radio component.