FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Contact: Robert Bolson, Director of Corporate Marketing
(859) 276-6809; firstname.lastname@example.org
BEN HUFFMAN TO BE FRIDAY'S GUEST ON BLOODHORSE.COM "TALKIN' HORSES"
Lexington, KY - Join Ben Huffman, racing secretary for Keeneland and Churchill Downs for a special Friday edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" sponsored by AirShod.com. Huffman will be the guest live online at www.bloodhorse.com/talkinhorses on Friday, January 4 at noon ET. A Louisville native, Huffman has served as racing secretary at Keeneland Race Course since 2002 and at Churchill Downs since 2006. As racing secretary, Huffman is responsible for shaping the racing programs at both tracks. Among his many duties, he writes the condition book (used by the owners and trainers to identify the upcoming races that best suit each of their runners), allocates stalls to training outfits, recruits horses for stakes races, and oversees a staff of racing officials (stewards, placing judges, clerk of scales, etc.), who make sure that racing is conducted within the rules of the state.
Huffman previously was an assistant for his father, trainer William "Blackie" Huffman, for three years. His uncle Neil is also a Thoroughbred trainer. In 1991, Ben Huffman began working in racing offices at Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Keeneland and Turfway. As with most racing officials, he wore many hats during that time, serving as stakes coordinator, assistant racing secretary, placing judge, paddock judge, and patrol judge.
Huffman also was racing secretary and director of racing from 2003-2005 at Fair Grounds Race Course, in New Orleans, La., and worked for three years as racing secretary at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky.
How to participate in the bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses"/ask questions:
Questions for Ben Huffman can be submitted in advance now or during the live online discussion by going to http://www.bloodhorse.com/talkinhorses. The same Internet address will also carry bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" web cast live. Bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" offers an entertaining and engaging opportunity for racing enthusiasts to talk online one-on-one with high-profile insiders, newsmakers and legends of the Thoroughbred industry.
Racing enthusiasts are invited to join in the discussion or simply enjoy and monitor the informative "Q&A" session as it occurs by visiting http://www.bloodhorse.com/talkinhorses at noon ET on Friday. Each edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" is sponsored by AirShod.com and is archived online and available 24/7 for later reading.
For more information, visit: http://www.bloodhorse.com/talkinhorses.
Bloodhorse.com was voted the #1 horse industry Web site in 2007, 2005, and 2002 by the American Horse Publications Association, and was previously selected as a Top Seven Equestrian Web site by Forbes magazine. It is the preferred choice of industry professionals and racing enthusiasts alike for up-to-the-minute racing news and information. From award-winning, comprehensive editorial to fan-favorite Breeders' Cup and Triple Crown Mania channels and the engaging Bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" weekly feature, there is something for all Thoroughbred racing professionals and enthusiasts. Bloodhorse.com is operated by Blood-Horse Publications, the Thoroughbred industry's foremost publishing company. Blood-Horse Publications also publishes The Blood-Horse, the leading weekly Thoroughbred racing and breeding news and information magazine; the award-winning The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care, a monthly equine health care magazine; TBH MarketWatch, a newsletter for Thoroughbred investors and recipient of the prestigious Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) for 2006 and 2005; the official Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup souvenir magazines; Auction Edge; and Keeneland magazine. In addition, Blood-Horse Publications also publishes equine-related books and videos under the Eclipse Press banner, and operates a family of award-winning Web sites including TheHorse.com, StallionRegister.com, ExclusivelyEquine.com, the official store of Blood-Horse Publications, and BloodHorseNOW.com, a robust, content-rich new product that has dramatically changed how the Thoroughbred industry gets information; and coming soon, TrueNicks.com.
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