Tonight's season debut of Night School, the racing industry's national online fan education and player development program since 2011, welcomes students back to class at 8:30 p.m. ET with a first-time topic called “The Personal Process.” Those taking part in the live, interactive, multi-media presentation will get a behind-the-scenes look from top horseplayers how they plan the handicapping process, what tools they use and how they apply them. Guest instructors include Bob Neumeier of NBC Sports, the first person to appear in all 6 seasons of Night School, as well as the Oaklawn Park handicapping duo of analyst Nancy Ury Holthus and track announcer Pete Aiello. In addition to tonight's topic, Holthus and Aiello will provide a preview of Saturday's key G2 Rebel Stakes on the Triple Crown trail.
The 40-week Night School season spans through December 13 and premieres a new lesson each Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET. For those who can't make it to the live premiere each week, every Night School will be available on-demand free thereafter, and in 2016 will be repurposed in several new formats after the live show ends.
The 2016 Night School season will be brought to racing fans free each week by title sponsors American Quarter Horse Association, Keeneland Select, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, Woodbine Entertainment, BRISNET and Twinspires.
Study materials for tonight's lesson are available at the Night School page at Horseplayernow.com. Students are encouraged to arrive early to class for opening night as the program will be utilizing new software, featuring Spreaker podcasting and a new interactive live chat interface. This will allow for a complete season of podcasts to be available for all 40 weeks for the first time. Students who wish to take part in the free lessons and chat can do so by visiting any Night School website or at Horseplayernow.com. Social media logins for Facebook or Twitter can be used in the live chat, or fans can create their own Spreaker handle to use – or simply listen in and watch anonymously. Those who log in and register are eligible for personalized Night School diplomas and season-ending prizes, which included American Pharoah memorabilia and more in 2015.
Tonight's Night School lesson will be simulcast live on SiriusXM in conjunction with “At the Races With Steve Byk” and the program is expected to be available later this spring on IHeartRadio for the first time. Archives of each lesson are available for listen/download free at newly redesigned home of Horseplayernow.com. Additional archive access this season will be available through iTunes for the first time.
Weekly hosts are Night School founder Jeremy Plonk, owner of Horse Player NOW; original cast member and TVG/Horse Player NOW contributor Caton Bredar; and radio emcee Steve Byk of SiriusXM's “At the Races With Steve Byk,” who is back for his fourth season along with audio engineer Casey Ghee. Live chat sessions will be under the moderation of the “Night School Dean,” Jerry Shottenkirk, who has been with the program since its inception.
Other Night School promotional partners include the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program and Remington Park, which returns March 19 with its annual Night School Friday Night Live online program. Fans can listen to the Night School team with its weekly live podcast/ chat during the full card.
The 40-week menu is divided into three semesters, a 13-week Spring Semester through the Triple Crown; a 12-week Summer Semester that focuses on live racing and live chat in real-time as races are offered; and a 15-week Fall Semester with topics to be announced.
Horse Player NOW Night School Page: http://www.horseplayernow.com/night-school.html
Night School Archives: http://www.horseplayernow.com/archives.html
Best of Night School Videos: http://www.horseplayernow.com/best-of-videos.html
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