Chicago, IL --- Night School, the racing industry's national online fan education program, previews the upcoming Breeders Crown this weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in tonight’s interactive live chat and video review on www.ustrotting.com at 8:30 p.m. (EDT). Special guests will be Moira Fanning, Dave Brower and TJ Burkett.
Fanning, the director of operations and publicity for the Hambletonian Society and Breeders Crown, Brower, who will serve as television analyst during the Breeders Crown and Hoof Beats Executive Editor TJ Burkett will join Night School co-hosts Joe Kristufek and Jeremy Plonk to analyze harness racing’s championship day.
The panel will look at the Breeders Crown eliminations from this past weekend and focus on what to watch for in Saturday's main event.
Night School also will host a live chat with video of all of the races during Saturday's Breeders Crown program beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) exclusively on www.ustrotting.com. The USTA’s Little Brown Jug chat with live video attracted more than 6,700 fans making it the biggest chat in Night School’s history.
It's the kickoff week to the final eight-week "pod" of learning in the 2013 Night School syllabus, dubbed "Championship Season & The Stars," which will feature championship preview lessons for events such as the Breeders Crown, Breeders' Cup and the AQHA's Bank of America Racing Challenge Championships.
Each week's downloadable study materials will include historical information on the sport's biggest events to further fans' understanding of their history and importance. For a complete list of the Pod 5 topics, see the link below.
Night School's traditional "Jump Ball" segment during the final portion of the weekly lesson also allows fans to chime in and ask questions about any racing topic.
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.
Thoroughbred fans can meet Night School's Jeremy Plonk and Brian Nadeau as they teach hands-on Saturday at Laurel Park on Maryland Million Day. It's the Night School Tour's second trip to the Maryland Million, and next-to-last stop on the 2013 schedule. The Tour concludes Nov. 1-2 at the Breeders' Cup in conjunction with America's Best Racing when Kristufek, Nadeau, Brandi Goode and Tim Brannan will be teaching on-track at Santa Anita.
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.
The Updated Night School Tour schedule is available at this link.
This week's study materials are available at this link. A video preview of this week's lesson is available at this link. The Pod 5 Lesson Schedule is available at this link.
This week's study materials are available at this link.
A video preview of this week's lesson is available at this link.
The Pod 5 Lesson Schedule is available at this link.