Night School kicks off at 7 p.m. Eastern time on ustrotting.com, drf.com
and horseplayernow.com. Harness
Night School’s 90-minute classes will be held each Thursday and continue
through the Oct. 25 Breeders Crown Preview. A different handicapping subject will
be featured weekly as well as a look at the weekend’s major harness races on
the USTA’s Strategic Wagering schedule. Fans will receive free, downloadable
study materials and be eligible to win prizes by simply registering. The
courses are free to anyone from any computer.
each Thursday night edition of Harness Night School, fans can go to drf.com for
an “After Night School Special” featuring live racing video from top national
tracks such as the Meadowlands, as well as expert live commentary, interactive
fan chats, free giveaways and more. Fans are encouraged to join the email list
at Horseplayernow.com for updated news.
The Harness Night School team will also educate fans live
at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day, August 4.
Hosts for Harness Night School will be T.J. Burkett,
executive editor of Hoof Beats, the official magazine of the USTA, and
Tom Kelley, director of publicity and handicapper for Balmoral Park and Maywood
Park. Horse Player NOW’s Joe Kristufek and Jeremy Plonk, co-founders of the
Night School Program, will serve as emcees and executive producers for Harness
Title sponsor for Harness Night School is the United
States Trotting Association, in conjunction with presenting seasonal sponsor Daily
Racing Form. Harness Night School’s supporting sponsor is Meadowlands
Racetrack. Founded by Horse Player NOW’s Joe Kristufek and Jeremy Plonk, the
Night School brand has provided fan education courses throughout the racing
industry over the past 16 months and has been viewed live or in archives by
more than 400,000 racing enthusiasts from newbies to hardcore handicappers.
“Night School has a proven track record of
success,” said USTA Director of Communications Dan Leary. “I’ve attended many
Night School classes myself and found them both informative and entertaining.
It will be a great way to learn more about harness racing and wagering for
everyone from the newbie to the experienced handicapper. I’m certain that
our fans will enjoy and learn a great deal from Harness Night School.”
“I grew up in
Hanover, Pa. and my first job was trimming weeds along the fences of Lana
Lobell Farm,” said Plonk. “When you have those two names in your pedigree,
Harness Night School will be a homecoming of sorts for me.”
“Daily Racing Form is thrilled to be part of the
Night School experience for harness racing,” said Derick Giwner, Managing
Editor of DRF Harness publications. “Combining the Night School teachings with
our available content and DRF Harness Eye and Daily Harness Program
online past performances is just another logical step in bringing the
Standardbred sport to the masses.”
"The Meadowlands Racetrack is very excited to be
a part of Harness Night School," said Meadowlands Racetrack Director of
Racing Operations Alex Dadoyan. "New fan education is vital to grow our
industry. It’s one thing to get new people out to the track, but we have
to take the next step to engage them, teach them and make them active
participants in our game into the future."
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