Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Contact: Robert Bolson, Director of Corporate Marketing

Blood-Horse Publications

(859) 276-6809;





LEXINGTON, Ky. - Join Joe Harper, director, president, and general manager of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for a special Friday edition of "Talkin' Horses" at on Friday, August 8, at noon EDT (9:00 a.m. PDT), sponsored by Harper joined the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in 1978. Since that time he has guided the historic track through a period of growth and success unparalleled in America.


Harper has overseen Del Mar's emergence as one of the nation's top racetracks for daily average handle and attendance while preserving its unique elegant, yet casual ambiance. He was also instrumental in overseeing Del Mar's $9-million Polytrack installation in 2007 and $80-million grandstand reconstruction project completed in 1993.


Prior to joining Del Mar, Harper served as executive vice president at Santa Anita for the Oak Tree Racing Association.


He is a member of The Jockey Club, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program. In addition, Harper is a past president of the Thoroughbred Racing Association (TRA) and a former president, and remains a board member of the Federation of California Racing Associations. He also serves as chairman of the Advisory Board of the California Center for Equine Health and Performance at U.C. Davis, and as the chairman of the Winners Foundation.


A California-native, Harper is also president and trustee of the Cecil B. deMille Foundation, and is the grandson of the late deMille, the famed Hollywood movie producer, and is the father of four daughters and grandfather to nine grandchildren.


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

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


For more information, visit:


About 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 "Talkin' Horses" weekly feature, there is something for all Thoroughbred racing professionals and enthusiasts. 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--a publication of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA); publisher of the award-winning The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care, a monthly equine health care magazine; TBH MarketWatch, a newsletter for Thoroughbred investors; 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,,, the official store of Blood-Horse Publications, and


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For more information, contact:
Robert Bolson
Director of Corporate Marketing Services
Blood-Horse Publications
Tel.: (859) 276-6809

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