Let's Chat a Bit

By Joe Kristufek
The Internet has made the world a much smaller place. In recent years, blogs, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and smart phones have made communicating with each other that much easier.

Many factions of horseracing have embraced the use of technology, and in recent months moderated chats have emerged as a convenient method for racing fans to ask questions and share opinions.

Daily Arlington chats powered by Brisnet.com
Through the end of June and in partnership with Brisnet.com, Arlington Park is currently offering live, full card chats. Brisnet.com handicappers are joined periodically by Arlington Park track announcer John G. Dooley, analyst Jessica Pacheco and other on-site experts to break down the races. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and share opinions.

In addition, race-by-race "tweets" offer toteboard tracking, post parade shake downs, last minute analysis and recommended plays. Fans can enter the Brisnet.com chats from brisnet.com as well as from arlingtonpark.com and participate with the experts in real-time from about a half an hour prior to first post until the last race is made official.

The race day chats allow racing fans from all over Chicagoland, and the world for that matter, to watch and play the races together. Opinions are what make the wheel turn. The goal is to provide participants food for thought, while concurrently allowing them to express their opinions.

Horse Player NOW Big Event Chats
On the eve of major Arlington racing events, Horseplayernow.com handicapping experts will break down the races and answer questions from participants. This Friday, June 18, we will chat up the six stakes thatcomprise Arlington's Prairie State Festival for Illinois-breds. Stop by and share your opinions!

Big Event Chat Schedule (all times CDT)
Friday, June 18 - Prairie State Festival - 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Friday, July 16 - Million Preview Day - 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 20 - Arlington Million - 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5 - Turf Showcase - 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 10 - Futurity/Lassie - 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Horse Player NOW Night School Chats
On selected Monday nights throughout the Arlington racing season, Horseplayernow.com handicapping experts will conduct educational "Night School" seminars with a goal of teaching participants how to become more well-rounded horseplayers. Each chat will explore a different aspect of handicapping and/or wagering.

The "Night School" chat debuts this coming Monday, June 21. Fellow Horseplayernow.com racing analyst Jeremy Plonk and I will share ideas on how to approach a day at the races. We'll discuss handicapping, reading between the lines, being observant and making final decisions.

Night School Chat Schedule (all times CDT)
Monday, June 21 - Approaching a Day at the Races - 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Monday, July 12 - Wagering Strategies - 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Monday, July 19 - Jockey/Trainer Handicapping - 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 2 - Reading Between the Lines - 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 16 - Handicapping Turf Races - 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Father's Day Sunday "Learn to Win" Seminar
On Sunday, June 20, Brian W. Spencer and I will conduct a casual "Learn to Win" seminar from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the Apron level near the entrance to the park area. We will give brief "how to read the program" lessons, cover simple wagering strategies and answer any racing related questions that you might have.

Monday Facebook Q&A
Every Monday on the Arlington Park Facebook page, Brian W. Spencer and I will field questions in the morning, and provide answers the next day. No matter how simple, or how complex, every question is a good question. We look forward to your participation.

Follow Joe Kristufek on Twitter
My complete Arlington Park selections can be found in the Daily Herald, but let's face it, things change. Even though I have an opinion going into each race, there are several factors that can alter my thinking. Scratches can alter expected pace scenarios. I also may close attention to the way the track is playing, the action on the toteboard, and how the horses look in the post parade. Following the introduction of the horses on the track, I will "tweet" my final thoughts and selections at www.twitter.com/arlingtonracing. You can follow on Twitter or via the arlingtonpark.com website.