“Night School”—the racing industry’s first national, interactive online fan education forum—will offer its second of 40 weekly sessions on Monday, February 28. Presenting title sponsors of the program are the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form (DRF), the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Keeneland.

Co-hosted by owners Jeremy Plonk and Joe Kristufek, the weekly Night School lessons are offered free to any racing fan who wants to learn more about the game and will include both novice and advance-level fan education. The 40-week season runs through December 19 with 90-minute sessions taking place from 8:30-10:00 p.m. (ET) each week. Other regular panelists will include Horse Player NOW's Caton Bredar and Churchill Downs analyst Jill Byrne. Topical experts will be brought in weekly to share their expertise.

This week's Night School session will feature the first of many Daily Racing Form video lessons, featuring Brad Free providing his take on "class handicapping." The video segments will take you inside the past performances and paddockside for a closer look. Night School also will appoint Jeremy Plonk as the panelist charged specifically with helping entry-level fans, providing tips for "newbies" and breaking down some of the sport's jargon in everyday terms.

The 90-minute program will begin with a 30-minute panelist discussion on what "class" means to the horseplayer, then follow with a 30-minute question-and-answer session during which racing fans worldwide can ask the experts about the evening's subject matter. The final 30 minutes of the program will be the weekly "Jump Ball" segment where fans can discuss anything in the world of racing, including reaction to this Saturday's important Fasig Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes from Gulfstream Park.

For an advance look at Monday night's video introduction from analyst Joe Kristufek, visit the Night School Youtube page at

Each of the lessons over the 40 weeks will be archived, creating an educational library via the popular Cover It Live live-blogging technology used by many of the world’s leading news agencies.

Participating NTRA-member Web sites include: (Del Mar) (Daily Racing Form) (Mountaineer Park)

Other Web sites participating in Night School include: (University of Arizona)

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests consisting of leading Thoroughbred racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers, horseplayers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity of horse racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and Rye Brook, N.Y. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA web site,