Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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Lexington, KY - Richard Shapiro, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, will be the online guest Feb. 22, at noon ET for a special Friday edition of's weekly "Talkin' Horses" sponsored by Shapiro was appointed chairman of the CHRB by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005 and has served since Jan. 1, 2006, He has been extremely active as a racing commissioner, dealing with some of the most serious and controversial issues facing racing today.


Shapiro has been the driving force behind the CHRB mandate to install engineered synthetic surfaces at California's major Thoroughbred tracks. He also spearheaded the push to develop a strategic plan for racing in California, worked with industry and state leaders to resolve issues relating to Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW), and assisted Santa Anita Park in its efforts to obtain permits for the replacement of barn in its stable area.


Shapiro, who in 1996 founded Winco Real Estate Services, Inc, a Calabasas-based real estate development and asset management company, has a long association with California horse racing. His grandfather, L.K. Shapiro, formed Western Harness Racing. His father, Marvin J. Shapiro, was responsible for legislation that legalized night horse racing in California. Shapiro himself served as president of Western Harness in the early 1980s. His current term on the CHRB expires July 26, 2008.


How to participate in the "Talkin' Horses"/ask questions:
Questions for Richard Shapiro 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 ET on Friday. Each edition of "Talkin' Horses" is archived online and available 24/7 for later reading.



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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; 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,,, the official store of Blood-Horse Publications,, and the new


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Robert Bolson
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