Night School, the racing industry's national online fan education program, welcomes more than a dozen major executives and horse racing newsmakers this Tuesday for a first-of-its-kind Town Hall Meeting. The season's 32nd of 40 Night School lesson plans begins at 8:30 p.m. (ET) and will put racing fans in direct contact with those who shape the industry.
Panelists on the 90-minute program include executives from leading industry and fan-based organizations, racetracks, online wagering companies, owners/breeders, television networks and print media. The session—to be moderated by Churchill Downs handicapper and Night School regular Jill Byrne—will include live polling of the fans on pertinent topics, a discussion among the executives on how to improve the game, and a Q&A with the fans and panelists. Those scheduled to appear in the live chat include:
·Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association;
·Trey Buck, executive director of racing for the American Quarter Horse Association;
·Jason Wilson, vice president of business development for The Jockey Club;
·Tom Chuckas, president of the Maryland Jockey Club;
·Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the Stronach Group/president and general manager of Gulfstream Park;
·Jim Miller, assistant general manager of Hawthorne Race Course;
·Mandy Minger, vice president/marketing of Daily Racing Form;
·Amy Zimmerman, Eclipse Award-winning executive producer for HRTV;
·Jeff Platt, president of the Horseplayers Association of North America;
·Jennie Rees, Eclipse Award-winning turf writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal;
·John DeSantis, senior vice president/editor for Xpressbet;
·Jeremy Clemons, vice president/marketing for Twinspires;
·Satish Sanan, Breeders' Cup-winning owner/breeder of Padua Stables.
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.
Presenting title sponsors for Night School are the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Inc. and Daily Racing Form. Tuesday's session will be the 32nd of 40 Night School lesson plans throughout the 2012 season, which continues through November.
This week's Night School preview video with Caton Bredar, Joe Kristufek and Jeremy Plonk
Eric Wing is the senior director of media relations for the NTRA. He is an avid horseplayer and has also dabbled in ownership. By far, his most successful wagers over the years have been future book bets - both in racing and in sports.
Prior to joining the NTRA in 1999, Wing worked for 13 years as an editor at Reader's Digest. His work experience thus far has supported the old adage that a bad day at the racetrack beats a good day anywhere else.