Night School #11: Handicapping the Derby

by | 05.01.2011 | 2:07pm

Press Release

“Night School”—the racing industry's first national, interactive online fan education forum—will offer its 11th of 40 weekly sessions on Monday, May 2. Presenting title sponsors of the program are the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form (DRF), the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Keeneland.

Co-hosted by owners Jeremy Plonk and Joe Kristufek, the weekly Night School lessons are offered free to any racing fan who wants to learn more about the game and will include both novice and advance-level fan education. The 40-week season runs through December 19 with 90-minute sessions taking place from 8:30-10:00 p.m. (ET) each week. Other regular panelists will include Horse Player NOW's Caton Bredar and Jill Byrne of Churchill Downs. Topical experts will be brought in weekly to share their expertise.

This week's Night School session will explore handicapping the Kentucky Derby—offering insights on picking a winner in America's most famous race. Monday's session will include guests Joe Kristufek and, live from Churchill Downs, Beginner's Host Jeremy Plonk—along with other special, on-site handicappers in Louisville.

The 90-minute program will begin with a 30-minute panelist discussion on handicapping the Derby, then follow with a 30-minute question-and-answer session during which racing fans worldwide can ask the experts about the evening's subject matter. The final 30 minutes of the program will be the weekly “Jump Ball” segment where fans can discuss anything in the world of racing.

Accompanying each session of Night School are relevant study materials, available for download, that pertain to the weekly topic. This week's handicapping the Kentucky Derby study materials can be downloaded now at:

For an advance look at Monday night's video introduction from analyst Joe Kristufek, visit the Night School Youtube page at:

Each of the lessons over the 40 weeks will be archived, creating an educational library via the popular Cover It Live live-blogging technology used by many of the world's leading news agencies.

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