Night School, the racing industry’s national online fan education and player development program since 2011, welcomes back its most intriguing annual topic, “The Psychology of the Horseplayer” for tonight’s Week 6 lesson. This will be the third season in which some of the game’s top minds share with fans and fellow horseplayers what makes them tick.

Guest instructors this week include Jonathon Kinchen, the hottest handicapping tournament player in the country over the past year. Kinchen put not one, but two entries into the final table of 16 at January’s DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship and already has qualified for the 2016 event. Also, Oaklawn Park track announcer and former TVG racing analyst Frank Mirahmadi joins us on Arkansas Derby week not only to look ahead at the huge weekend in Hot Springs, but also to reflect back on his personal demons in battling gambling addiction. Mirahmadi’s willingness to share his story and help others is what Night School is all about and promises to be a must-listen.

Past guests for this intriguing topic have included NHC champ Michael Beychok, noted pick six player Jimmy “The Hat” Allard, professional gambler and oddsmaker Frank Carulli, economist and horseplayer Maury Wolff and author Pete Fornatale. Links to their past radio appearances in class are included in this week’s study materials (see below).

The 90-minute, multi-media presentation of Night School’s live SiriusXM audio stream and simultaneous live chat airs weekly from 8:30 until 10 p.m. ET at more than 40 websites throughout the racing industry, originating at The program is free to access live as well as throughout the week in archive format, and includes downloadable study materials and a chance to interact with the experts. Radio format lessons are streamed free right into the live chat module during the shows and available for podcast archives. Those radio lessons also are simulcast on Sirius 220, XM 206 and Online SportsZone 964 (satellite radio simulcasts subject to channel availability based on live sports programming).

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 third season along with audio engineer Casey Ghee. Live chat sessions are under the moderation of the “Night School Dean,” Jerry Shottenkirk, who has been with the program since its inception.

Night School title sponsors for the 2015 season include the American Quarter Horse Association, an original title sponsor in all five seasons; Keeneland Select, a second-year title sponsor and part of the Keeneland banner that has been with the program since its outset; Mountaineer Park, a four-year Night School sponsor; Woodbine Entertainment, a second-year title sponsor and lead sponsor of the Night School archives; as well as BRISNET and Twin Spires, each in their third season of Night School. Other supporters include the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, a Founding Sponsor of the program and communications partner.

Night School’s traditional 40-week season remains intact each Tuesday through Dec. 1 with a unique, 90-minute lesson offered at each gathering. Free archives of 2015 season lessons are available immediately after each lesson, as well as past archives of Seasons 1-4 that are catalogued easily at’s Night School page. Archive viewers/listeners are treated to the same multi-media functionality as presented in each of those past weeks, including links to various learning materials. Students who voluntarily register information in any live or archive lesson are eligible for prizes and extras at the end of each semester and year-end if they register for at least half of the sessions presented.

In addition to the Tuesday weekly lessons, the Night School program offers Wednesday night live chats from Mountaineer Park and Woodbine during the season. Fans can play along with the experts in real time, as well as during the Night School Friday Night Live chats for Remington Park all season.


Horse Player NOW Night School Page:

Week 6 Study Materials:

Night School Spring Semester 2015 Topics

(Summer, Fall Announced Later in Season)


Topic (all begin 8:30p ET)


Radio: The First Things to Look At


Radio: Jockey Angles


Radio: Trainer Intent/Form Cycles


Radio: Trainer Stats Pros-Cons


Radio: Mapping Out the Pace


Radio: Psychology of the Horseplayer


Radio: Small Bankroll Betting


Radio: Large Bankroll Betting


Chat: Kentucky Derby Week


Radio: When to Bet More…Bet Less?


Chat: Preakness Week


Radio: Identifying Track Bias


Radio: Racing from the Outside


Chat: Belmont Stakes Week