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Jockeys Smith, Sutherland, Jensen Saddle Up for Night School

Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, popular jockey/actress/model Chantal Sutherland and renowned American Quarter Horse Association pilot Cody Jensen will be the guests this Tuesday (June 19, 2012) in Night School, the racing industry’s national online fan education program. The 90-minute interactive lessons begin weekly at 8:30 p.m. ET, and this week’s focus is the topic of “Jockeys.” Racing fans will have a chance to ask their questions directly to Smith, Sutherland and Jensen during the first hour of the lesson, which will be co-hosted by Horse Player NOW’s Joe Kristufek and Caton Bredar.

Also appearing via video in Night School this week will be jockeys John Velazquez, Julien Leparoux and Joe Bravo. The video vignettes also will take you inside the Laurel Park jockeys’ room with Maryland’s leading riders Sheldon Russell and Malcolm Franklin.

Smith’s and Sutherland’s former off-the-track relationship was widely featured on the Animal Planet television series “Jockeys,” and Night School brings the two back together for a reunion of sorts with the fans. Smith is best known for piloting legendary race mare Zenyatta, as well as upsetting the 2005 Kentucky Derby aboard 50-1 longshot Giacomo. Sutherland is a Sovereign Award-winning jockey in her native Canada, and her off-the-track modeling and acting careers have taken off since moving to Southern California to ride. Jensen is a two-time winner of the All American Futurity, American Quarter Horse Racing’s richest race, having captured the Ruidoso Downs classic in 2005 and 2006.

Another “After Night School Special,” featuring live racing from Mountaineer Park, will follow Tuesday from 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET, covering the late daily double 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 19th of 40 Night School lesson plans throughout the 2012 season, which continues through November.

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