The NTRA's "Night School" interactive fan education forum kicks off tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET, offered free to any racing fan "who wants to learn more about the game." The event, which can be viewed from the websites of any of a number of NTRA-member race tracks, is geared for both novice and more-advanced horse players. In my view, this is an excellent opportunity for handicap hobbyists like me, and to introduce new fans to the sport who can engage in the intellectual challenge of deciphering past performances to find winners at the track.
Separately, the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita was won impressively by The Factor, but to me the runner-up, Sway Away, showed clear signs of wanting to stretch out and is on my Derby watch list. Sway Away began very slowly but gave every indication of more than a 7-furlong sprinter. That said, The Factor is an extremely impressive sprinter, and it will be interesting to see where the connections next point this horse. My choice in yesterday's San Vicente, Sinai, finished a well-beaten 5th and seemed to fight Rafael Bejarano in the stretch.