Night School, the racing industry’s national online fan education program, examines the middle jewel in Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown tonight when a “Preakness Handicapping Seminar” will be the topic of discussion. Week 11 of the 40-week Night School season offers a 90-minute live chat to analyze the big Friday and Saturday cards at Pimlico Race Course.

The session begins at 8:30 pm ET and will feature an extended handicapping preview video of Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day card from Horse Player NOW as well as free BRIS past performances for the Pimlico Special and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. To receive the free past performances, simply enter the live chat Night School box during the session or in the archives and click on the posted link. The interactive, multi-media session also will include key prep race videos and analysis for the 139th Preakness Stakes, featuring California Chrome in an expected field of 10.

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.

This week’s study materials include key Preakness weekend wagering menus, times and television listings: In order to take as many handicapping questions as possible, tonight’s session will be a live chat-based lesson and not streamed on SiriusXM audio. The audio lessons will resume next week as the topic will be “Trainer Angles.”

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. Fans can participate in a live online chat and pose their questions to the hosts and guests in real time.

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 10 Study Materials:

Week 10 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: