1. Supposed regional bias in Horse of the Year voting.
Count Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal among those who think that East Coast voters will conspire to deny Horse of the Year honors to Zenyatta even though everyone knows the Breeders' Cup Classic winner is clearly more deserving.
I'm willing to allow that more people who live East of the Mississippi River will vote for Rachel Alexandra than will vote for Zenyatta, but two Kentucky residents, Marty McGee of Daily Racing Form and Frances Karon of Trainer Magazine, are both voting for Zenyatta, and another DRF employee, Bill Tallon of Ontario, also is.
I'm also willing to allow that if Rachel Alexandra were owned by Phipps and trained by Shug then a bias could potentially be in play with East Coast voters, but if Rachel is part of any region, then she shades more Kentucky than anywhere else since owner Jess Jackson, trainer Steve Asmussen, and jockey Calvin Borel support Fair Grounds and Churchill as much as they do NYRA.
But the bottom line to me is, Will any California resident vote for Rachel Alexandra? How can people claim "East Coast bias" when no West Coast voter will cast a vote for anyone but the West Coast horse?
DRF and NTRA do not release the names of their voters let alone the actual votes, but the NTWA does, and I'm very anxious to see how each region votes.
2. social networking snobs
Congratulations on the five-year anniversary of your blog and signing up for Twitter. That doesn't make you a guru of the craft who is going to turn the racing industry around.
I started my first blog in August 2001, and the guy I was emulating had published his since 1999. I love online media because we can all learn from each other. No one has all the answers, but nearly everyone has something to offer.
That "nearly everyone" includes even those who work in more traditional media or within the racing industry. Some of us "get it," too, or are trying to!