Day At The Track

Quiet please 'Harness Night School' is now on

03:44 AM 03 Aug 2012 NZST
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On the heels of a highly successful launch last week, Harness Night School, the harness racing industry's national online fan education program dedicated to the Standardbred set, offers a second session tonight (Aug. 2) at 7 p.m. ET, with a focus on "The Driver."

Chicago-based driver Mike Oosting will serve as a guest panelist. Oosting won an unprecedented six straight driving titles at Balmoral Park from 2005 through 2010. He is currently second in Balmoral driver standings, just four wins behind 2011 champ Marcus Miller, and he leads that foe by 30 victories at Maywood.

Oosting enters tonight’s action at Maywood just 33 wins shy of 5,000.

Hall of Fame driver John Campbell will share his insights via video, as will Miller, who will also take us for a spin around the track with a helmet-cam.

The interactive chat program will be hosted by T.J. Burkett, executive editor of Hoof Beats, the official magazine of the USTA; Tom Kelley, director of publicity and handicapper for Balmoral Park and Maywood Park; and Horse Player NOW’s Joe Kristufek. Kristufek, the co-founder of the Night School program along with Horse Player NOW partner Jeremy Plonk, teams with Burkett to offer a video introduction to the Night School program.

Harness Night School Week 2 Study Materials:

Also via video, Daily Racing Form’s Derick Giwner will provide his topical insights.

On Saturday (Aug. 4), the Night School Tour stops at Meadowlands Racetrack for Hambletonian Day. Plonk and Kelley will be joined on-site by Horse Player NOW’s Caton Bredar and Jerry Shottenkirk to provide on-site fan education at a tent located in the Kahuna Wedge.

Also on Saturday, beginning at 11:45 a.m. ET, Kelley and Horse Player NOW’s Terry Turrell will host a full-card Hambletonian Day chat. Fans will be able to ask questions, and share opinions, in an interactive format. The chat can be found at, and

Harness Night School is FREE to all fans, and no advanced sign-up is required. The 90-minute classes will be held each Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern time 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.

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.

by Joe KRISTUFEK, for Horse Player NOW

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