Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Contact: Robert Bolson, Director of Corporate Marketing

Blood-Horse Publications

(859) 276-6809; rbolson@bloodhorse.com





LEXINGTON, Ky. - Join Dr. Gary Knapp, breeder of Big Brown, for this week's edition of BloodHorse.com "Talkin' Horses" at BloodHorse.com/TalkinHorses on Thursday, May 29, at noon EDT (9:00 a.m. PDT), sponsored by TrueNicks.com. In 1973, Dr. Knapp was inspired by the great Secretariat to buy a Kentucky farm and get involved in the Thoroughbred business. Thirty-five years later, the Minnesota native is the owner of Monticule farm near Lexington and finds himself in the national spotlight as the breeder of Triple Crown-hopeful Big Brown.


In 1990, Knapp purchased 220 acres of property that he developed into a Thoroughbred nursery, putting together a quality band of broodmares that has grown to 21 head. Knapp evaluates potential mares using a number of criteria, including having high EQUIX evaluations. EQUIX is a bloodstock advisory company founded in 1984 that assesses the athletic potential of Thoroughbreds using various measurements. After becoming a fan of its services, Knapp bought an interest in EQUIX and eventually took control of the company in 2003.


Knapp has expanded Monticule over the years to 530 acres and has also broadened his involvement in the Thoroughbred business. He has started a couple of other ventures that are subsidiaries of EQUIX: Goose Creek Stables, which is a Thoroughbred investment fund involving breeding, racing, and pinhooking; and Case the Race, which is in the business of selling handicapping data via the Internet to people who wager on horse racing.


In addition to Big Brown, runners bred in the Monticule name include Japanese group III winners Atago Taisho and Suteki Shinsukekun, Canadian grade III winner Prussian, and added-money winners Mykindasaint, Sharp Writer, and Vino Tinto. In 2006, Monticule sold the Danzig colt Plavius, a half-brother to Sharp Writer, for $9.2 million at the Keeneland September yearling auction.


How to participate in the BloodHorse.com "Talkin' Horses"/ask questions:

Questions for Dr. Gary Knapp can be submitted in advance now or during the online discussion by going to BloodHorse.com/TalkinHorses. The same Internet address will also carry BloodHorse.com "Talkin' Horses" webcast on Thursday. BloodHorse.com "Talkin' Horses" is sponsored by TrueNicks.com and 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 BloodHorse.com/TalkinHorses at noon EST on Thursday. Each edition of BloodHorse.com "Talkin' Horses" is archived online and available 24/7 for later reading.



For more information, visit: BloodHorse.com/TalkinHorses.


Coming soon: Scheduled guest for the Thursday, June 5 edition of BloodHorse.com "Talkin' Horses": Jason Shandler, handicapping the Belmont Stakes.


About BloodHorse.com:

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, BloodHorseNOW.com, and TrueNicks.com.


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Robert Bolson
Director of Corporate Marketing Services
Blood-Horse Publications
Tel.: (859) 276-6809

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