Night School, the racing industry’s national online fan education program, offers one of the more intriguing lessons of the 2014 season when the “Psychology of the Horseplayer” is discussed. The 90-minute lesson begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and will feature among its guests former Maryland Jockey Club oddsmaker Frank Carulli, who retired last year to attempt a second career in the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Guests this week also include Peter Thomas Fornatale, author of the new book “The Winning Contest Player.” Fornatale has interviewed and studied dozens of the game’s top horseplayers, and co-wrote “May the Horse Be with You: Pack at the Track,” with legendary analyst Harvey Pack.
Week 6 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. Carulli and additional guests will join Horse Player NOW host Jeremy Plonk and renowned radio personality Steve Byk. 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.
Carulli was the track morning line maker and racing analyst for Pimlico and Laurel from 2002 through 2013 and set the official line for the Preakness Stakes a dozen times. He left that post following the 2013 Preakness in order to pursue his dream of betting sports in Las Vegas. We’ll get an update of his progress and the task involved in Night School this week.
The “Psyschology of the Horseplayer” was a first-year topic in 2013 and that radio stream featured noted horseplayer Jimmy “The Hat” Allard, former DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship winner Michael Beychok and well-known racing economist Maury Wolff. Input from that trio was included in this week’s free downloadable study materials (link below) on the topic.
Presenting title sponsors for Night School 2014 are the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Keeneland Select, Twinspires.com, The Stronach Group, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Betamerica.com 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: http://horseplayernow.com/night-school
Week 6 Study Materials: http://horseplayernow.com/images/STUDY040814.pdf
Week 6 BRIS past performances for After Night School Special: http://horseplayernow.com/nightpps
Spring Semester Topics & Program Info: http://tinyurl.com/la7jsnx
Video overview of the 2014 season with Caton Bredar and Jeremy Plonk: http://youtu.be/m5CP4LwmFZY