Twitter arrived with a bang in racing in 2009 and caused bloggers all sorts of . . .misunderstanding? . . .consternation? . . .scepticism? . . .curiosity?. . .divisions?….you get the picture. Now, I’ve written about the medium before, but let my recent tweets about it — coming up — stand for where I sit, OK? And below that is my list — my last Top 10 list — of the 10 or so most interesting racing tweeters of 2009 (and understand that grammar, spelling, and punctuation are three sheets to the wind in Twitter).
Here’s what I tweeted about a week or so ago:
@Kincsem1874 “noticed that some bloggers have taken advent of Twitter badly in racing arena while others have embraced it;
“Some racing bloggers think other racing bloggers are Nit Twits for twittering on ’bout nothing?! They hope tweeting is fad; hope for return
“some racing bloggers are hoping that their racing blogger friends now experimeting with Twitter are NOT inhaling.
“Twittering has become a lifestyle for some bloggers; some are toking massive tweet hits, others take twits here and there
“No, I’m not dealing Tweet, though I’ve been accused of it by some. I admit I tweet daily — recreationally — and, obviously, I inhale.”
And the Top 10 tweeters — those who are inhaling the medium — for 2009, IMO, are:
o_crunk: Watch this dude. Very sharp and follows the game; he’ll engage you, play with you, and, if you’re not careful, cut you — and anyone else — a new one before he’s done for the day.
“Diamondrella has been over the top since coming West & dropping Penna. Great job by IEAH to pretty much run her into the ground.”
“My buddy Obigles, a ‘newbie’, watching TVG w/ me: ‘Why would you put these idiots in front of camera? They babble & drift off into space.'”
Kincsem1874: She tweets about many things, including racing + breeding, dhal curry + trips to India, literature + film, and much, much more.
“Garrett Gomez with mounts only in 2nd & 4th today at SA, $500 behind Leparoux for Top $ Jockey, picks up a mount in Race 8 — #6, 3-1 ML.”
“I wonder how much Blood-Horse paid to TVG for the product placement on the rack behind Frank Lyons’ head during the end-of-year discussion.”
BH_RaceResults: Stacy V. Bearse, head honcho at The Blood-Horse, finally got something right with these very useful bot-tweeted racing results. I think they are bot tweeted, anyway.
“Hey Red (Roman Ruler – Madame Red) wins a maiden special weight at Sam Houston Race Park. http://bit.ly/7i9s33”
“Laus Deo (Medaglia d’Oro – Shebane) wins the Count Fleet S.. http://bit.ly/6HVjvC”
bloodstock: Old timer who knows the game but still enjoys talkin’ racin’ with the young folks, and he’s not afraid to speak his mind.
“Love it when some expert talks about a horses. ‘Body of work’ Like the horse is employed Where does this crap come from?”
@EJXD2 “The business is no different. Trainers, Jocks Jocks agents, bloodstock agent. It’s all one big ass kissing contest.”
inkmarksofsu: She owns and breeds racehorses in Australia and campaigns the filly Allez Wonder, a Group 1 winner against males in 2009. An intriguing abstract artist, she re-tweets and cross pollinates newsy information and loves the same Penang fish head curry that I do.
“posting up random scenic photos on my much neglected blog. it’s true, twitter is the demise of the blogosphere”
@sidfernando “Have you been to Malaysia before? Penang fish head curry is awesome! Especially curry soaked Okra :-)”
joedrape: Say what you will about NY Times racing writer Joe Drape — and I’ve thrown some jabs at him — but he’s one of the few racing journalists on Twitter; he’s accessible, he’ll engage, and he’s open to listening to other points of view.
@sidfernando et al. “Stories are what they are. No one has asked for a correction or disputed them. Enjoyed the engagmenent . Good night.”
@o_crunk@sidfernando@ejxd2 “I never cringe at our coverage; my job ain’t to promote racing. No 8 Belles, no reform at all. Long way to go.”
francesjkaron: Racing writer for North American Trainer and an all-around conversationalist with great knowledge of and compassion for racing and breeding and its players, large and small.
@sidfernando “Like Toddlers & Tiaras or the Seinfeld w/ the ugly baby, parents aren’t exactly impartial about their kids…or their blogs!”
“Banks, farms & newspapers are really getting a kick out of humiliating hard-working people who have been hit by hard times. Enough already.”
EJXD2: This alpha-numeric code stands for Ed DeRosa, news editor at Thoroughbred Times and perhaps the most ubiquitous racing presence on Twitter. He’ll engage you on any subject, at any time, especially during work hours — and he gets paid for it! At last count, he had 9,307 tweets to his credit and spreads his love thin, which is probably why John Sparkman once discouraged him from blogging.
“John Sparkman is among those getting mad props. When I started at @TTimes in May 2002, he DISCOURAGED me from blogging.”
“The love fest between some in the blogging community is getting to be a bit much. I’m going to give knee pads for Christmas next year.”
BrooklynSaint: This guy lives up to his name by tweeting very useful information to those of us who live in Brooklyn, including weather reports and news about whether or not the parking rules have been suspended for the day. But he’s also on top of the game, from Albany to the inner track.
@superterrific “Everything in Albany is such a mess right now. Eric Adams is actually my State Senator, greets at our subway stop alot”
“alternate parking suspended in NYC on Mon.”
larryzapeye: Larryzap’s got an eye for a horse, and in 2009 he only had eyes for Zenyatta. An unabashed fan, he used Twitter to wax poetic about the big mare — and occasionally to swat those who opposed him.
“people say…don’t count last years races, but Goldikova will be awarded this year because of her body of work, but Zenyatta…i’m not sure”
@shooito “if Rachel wins…it’s going to be because there are a bunch a clueless clowns like yourself”
lordatwar: Tom Hall keeps you posted with news from around the world. It’s that simple, really.
“Blue Shuffle (Super Concorde), sire of 68 stakes winners, has died in Germany at age 25.”
“Ragiam, a daughter of Martino Alonso, won the listed Premio Andred in Italy.”
ZipseattheTrack: The exuberant fan blogger Zipse, who refers to his blog as ZATT, was miffed that he didn’t make the Top 10 blogs list (see post below), but, Zip, it wasn’t a snub, really — there were only 10 spots available. Zip gets points — and a place on this list — for his exuberance alone, which is in short supply these days. Plus, he’ll always engage you in conversation, which is better than twittering your thumbs with nothing better to do.
“Big thumbs down to @sidfernando for leaving many of the best blogs off his list”
@EJXD2 “He did not get it all wrong, but ZATT, Big Event & Colin’s were obvious snubs!”