Night School, the racing industry's national online fan education program, makes its first foray into the world of "ADW/Online Wagering" with Tuesday's eighth of 40 lessons during the 2013 season. The 90-minute live chat, which begins at 8:30 p.m. ET, will feature representatives and handicappers from several of the industry's top advance deposit wagering (ADW) companies.
Tuesday's guests include John DeSantis, senior editor at Xpressbet and the on-track television handicapper for Gulfstream Park; Ed DeRosa, marketing director for BRIS and coordinator of the Twinspires.com players' pools; and Jonathan Fowler, Keeneland fan educator and handicapper for Keenelandselect.com.
"ADW/Online Wagering" will feature a discussion and Q&A with the fans on the pros and cons of playing the races from home, as well as a look at what the marketplace is, and will be, providing its customers. Tuesday's final 30 minutes will include a "Jump Ball" session that will look ahead to the upcoming Kentucky Derby.
Presenting title sponsors for Night School are the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Inc., and the United States Trotting Association.
The 90-minute classes are offered every Tuesday for 40 consecutive weeks through Dec. 3. Topics change weekly, and 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. The weekly program is offered in three media: live chat via the Cover It Live live blogging/chat forum, audio/radio streaming and full video lesson plans. The media of delivery is based on the subject matter and alternates throughout the season.
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.
The Night School lessons continue each week with the "Night School Friday Night Live" from Remington Park, featuring expert analysis and live chat for an entire card of action with complimentary live streaming video. The Friday live chats—co-hosted by track announcer Dale Day, morning line maker Jerry Shottenkirk and Horse Player NOW's Jeremy Plonk—begin at 6:30 p.m. ET and extend through the evening's final race.
This week's study materials, courtesy of Horse Player NOW: