Chicago, IL --- The Little Brown Jug, the premier pacing classic for Standardbred 3-year-olds, will take center stage on Night School this week with Tuesday’s weekly lesson at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) and a live chat with free live video of the Jug Day card starting at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday.
Tuesday's lesson will feature a live chat preview of Thursday's Jug program. Night School harness regular T. J. Burkett, who serves as the executive editor of Hoof Beats magazine, the official publication of the U. S. Trotting Association, and Sam McKee, the co-host of the Delaware County Fair simulcast signal, will join Horse Player NOW's Joe Kristufek.
Tuesday's panel discussion and Q&A will address harness handicapping principles and how they relate to the unique Little Brown Jug program, which will be contested over the half-mile oval at the Delaware County Fair.
A horse has to win two heats to be declared the winner of the Jug, the second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. There will be three elimination heats with the top qualifying horses returning for a second heat. If no horse has won two heats after that second heat, the four winners return again for a final race.
On Thursday (Sept. 19), Horse Player NOW and the USTA will present a Little Brown Jug Day live chat with free live video. Hosted by Horse Player NOW's Joe Kristufek and Hoof Beats writer and USTA blogger Tim Bojarski, the chat begins at 10:30 p.m. (EDT) at this link.
Free Little Brown Jug Week past performances are available at this link.
For all the latest news on the Little Brown Jug, visit the USTA’s special Jug website.
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 United States Trotting Association, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Keeneland, and Churchill Downs, Inc.
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.
This week's Night School will be followed at 10 p.m. (EDT) by the "After Night School Special," featuring live racing from Mountaineer Park. The segment will cover the evening's final two races 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.
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