Night School Lesson To Explore Pools And Odds

Racing News
Posted 10.08.12 at 9:30

“Understanding Pools and Odds” will be the topic this Tuesday in Night School, the racing industry’s national online fan education program. The 90-minute, interactive program gets under way at 8:30 p.m. ET and features live chat, expert panel discussion, fan Q&A and pertinent videos on the subject matter. This week’s lesson will be the 36th of 40 offered on the Night School season, which runs through early November.

The session, hosted by Jeremy Plonk and Joe Kristufek, features an in-depth video with Churchill Downs handicapper Jill Byrne, who provides key points to consider when price shopping at the races. Also, Plonk goes line-by-line through several actual will-pay screens to explain what a discerning horseplayer can read into the betting pools. Kristufek, morning line maker for Arlington Park and Hoosier Park, will share his expertise on opening odds and what they mean to the betting process.

This week’s Night School will be followed by another “After Night School Special,” featuring live racing from Mountaineer Park, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET. The segment will cover the evening’s final race in real time with free, live-streaming video and complimentary Daily Racing Form past performances.

The Night School Tour traveling troupe of fan educators also will be conducting a live seminar at Keeneland this Friday in conjunction with America’s Best Racing and the track’s popular College Scholarship Day.

Presenting title sponsors for Night School are the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Inc. and Daily Racing Form.

This week’s Night School preview video with Joe Kristufek

This week’s study materials, courtesy of Horse Player NOW and Daily Racing Form:


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