Night School, the racing industry’s national online fan education program, takes on the very timely topic of “Workouts/Clockers” in this Tuesday’s lesson plan. With final Kentucky Derby 140 workouts upon us, it’s a subject at the fore of horseplayers’ discussions.  The 90-minute lesson begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and will feature professional clockers and racing analysts Mike Welsch of Daily Racing Form and Gary Young of Xpressbet.

Week 8 of the 40-week Night School season once again will be a multimedia presentation that features live audio streaming and interactive chat amongst the students. Welsch and Young will join Horse Player NOW hosts Jeremy Plonk and Caton Bredar, as well as renowned radio personality Steve Byk – who will be broadcasting live from Louisville on the scene. The lesson will feature live-streamed audio among the guest panelists and fans can participate by calling into the show or asking questions directly through the live chat interface that accompanies the Night School program each week.

Welsch is DRF’s eyes in the sky for morning workouts and long one of the industry’s most respected journalists and clockers. Based much of the year in Florida, he puts his watch on the major racing events and meets, such as the Triple Crown, Breeders’ Cup, Saratoga and more. Young has been a private and public clocker and one of the west coast’s most renowned morning analysts. Fans will be treated to a firsthand account of their methods, theories and also their observations of some of this year’s top Triple Crown prospects.

Presenting title sponsors for Night School 2014 are the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Keeneland Select,, The Stronach Group, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, and Woodbine Entertainment.

Students who wish to attend Night School can do so by logging on to any one of more than 40 websites throughout the racing industry that simulcasts the weekly online tutorials. There is no advance registration or sign-up required. This year’s lessons include live audio streaming of the expert panelists and hosts, making it easier for participants to follow. Fans can participate in a live online chat and pose their questions to the hosts and guests in real time.

Night School also is simulcast with “At the Races with Steve Byk” on SiriusXM. Night School attendees can listen to the free live audio stream directly linked through the Night School chat box (no subscriptions needed). Fan also can take part in the live call-in show at 1-866-454-6848. Those wishing to listen in on the radio can find the program from 8:30-10 p.m. (ET) on Sirius 93, XM 209 or at Sports Zone 961 for Sirius Online users. Check SiriusXM listings for any potential live sporting conflicts.

For those who cannot attend live, the Night School archives always are available free, immediately following the session and beyond. Simply go into the Night School chat box at any of the 40-plus sites and get access to the archived links once the completed session has been re-opened.

Night School is offered every Tuesday for 40 consecutive weeks through Dec. 2. 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 10:00 p.m. (ET) by the “After Night School Special,” featuring live racing from Mountaineer Park. The segment will cover the evening’s final race 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 official past performance provider to Night School.

Later this week, the “Night School Friday Night Live” real-time racing analysis featuring Remington Park also is offered, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET and running the entire program.

Night School Links

Horse Player NOW info page:

Week 8 Study Materials:

Week 8 BRIS past performances for After Night School Special:

Spring Semester Topics & Program Info: 

Video overview of the 2014 season with Caton Bredar and Jeremy Plonk: