Beemie Award for Best Backhanded Compliment goes to @MitchDavid12

It takes some thick skin to be on twitter, especially if you’re in any way in the public eye.  As public handicapper for two legendary tracks, Joe Kristufek certainly has eyeballs on him throughout the year.  Anyone who is on twitter in that public eye will certainly take their share of compliments as well as mean comments.  Just part of the gig.  So go back to November and @MitchDavid12 gave Joe a “compliment,” just maybe the most backhanded one ever.


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OUCH!!!  But, for that stinging endorsement, Mitch takes home the Beemie Award for Best Backhanded Compliment!

Beemie Award for Stick to Racing goes to @fatbaldguyracin

#FBG #FBGMobile.  If you follow @Fatbaldguyracin you’ve seen those hashtags a few times over the years.  FBG’s account you’re going to get a mix of horses, college hoops, and group selfies from Keeneland.

But when the Bret Kavanaugh hearings were going on, twitter was certainly a buzz with the proceedings and political ramifications.  And FBG had just had enough!  STICK TO RACING (and music and food)!

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Ok, now I understand, we all want to see what we care about, but part of the ecosystem of a society or twitter is, putting up with things you don’t want to hear.

BUUUUUUUTTTT……Just a few minutes later, What does FBG do??????


HE RETWEETS SOMETHING ABOUT THE KAVANAUGH HEARING!!  Pot, I’d like to introduce you to kettle!  So for not sticking to racing, FBG has taken home the STICK TO RACING BEEMIE AWARD!!

Beemie Award for Congrats on Your New Job Award goes to @EMD4ME!!

One of life’s great feelings is getting that big job you’ve applied for.  For former Beemie Award winner Ryan Martin, he experienced that joy earlier this year and announced that he’d been hired in the media department at NYRA.  A tremendous achievement and Ryan shared the news with his followers and was greeted with congrats from around the industry.   Including from many horseplayers like @EMD4Me.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a more passionate horseplayer than EMD4ME.  Lives and breathes horseplaying and is a very sharp player.  But I have to admit it cracked me up when I saw his actual full tweet to Ryan when he announced his job.


HAHAHA!  Congrats on your new job you don’t start for two weeks, but can you fix this please!  Normally I like to let someone get settled into a new position before I rag on em about something, but EMD wanted shit to get handled!  Ryan was still 1000 miles away from his soon to be new office.  But EMD, he pressed on!


Now I will agree that racing has overall done a poor job catering to the needs of horseplayers.  But tweeting a guy who doesn’t start his job for 2 weeks about stuff, is just pretty hilarious, and it gets @EMD4ME a Beemie Award!!

Beemie Award for Should have won an Eclipse goes to @_zoemetz

In the past, the Beemies have been accused of trying to undermine The Eclipse Awards.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  I respect that those are the awards of our industry and that this is essentially just a goofy comedy show.  But, this year there was a photo I thought was such a moving piece of photography, I was sure it would win an Eclipse.  And it didn’t.  I don’t even remember now what beat it, but Zoe Metz’s shot of Michael McCarthy and his daughter saying their goodbyes to City of Light was just so so good.  Emotion, love of the horse, A father comforting a daughter, the horse of a lifetime, the ever-present watchful eye of the caretaker, and everyone saying goodbye.  It just had it all.


Even Ray Paulick loved it, and we know Ray hates everything (Just kidding Ray 🙂

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So Zoe, I can’t give you an Eclipse Award, but we can give you a Beemie! Great photo!


Beemie Award for Strangest Insult goes to @Horseracing4beg

There was no shortage of opinions after the Kentucky Derby disqualification.  Many folks had the opinion it was a warranted DQ, many thought it was a bad call.  @Horseracing4beg had a strong opinion about the DQ as many did.


The people who huh?  Now I’ve been on the planet for a while, and I’ve always gone about my business in a certain way.  But after reading this statement I was forced to examine.  Had I been doing this basic human function wrong all these years?  However I was a little relieved when I saw Chris’ response to the tweet.


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So of course this sparked a debate amongst standers and sitters.  According to the folks at Mens Health, just over 1/3 of people are standers.   But regardless of whether you sit or stand, regardless of whether you supported the DQ or not, that insult snags a Beemie Award for Strangest Insult!! Congrats!

The Beemie Award for the Julian Muscat Mistaken Identity Award goes to @GaryStevens

I think most of our Beemie fans know the story of Julian Muscat.  But for a refresher, read about him here:

Julian has arguably become the breakout Beemie Awards star of all time, and he always plays along well with his random racing celebrity during this week.  But since Julian became the all time greatest case of racing Mistaken Identity, we’ve named an award after him.


I love mistaken identity when it happens on twitter.  Some person is just going about their day when all of a sudden they get tagged and have a bunch of tweets directed at someone whose name they share.  Which brings us to @garystevens.  Ray Paulick was discussing Santa Anita and someone nominated 4 people to lead a governing body to help get SA out of the situation they were in.  One of the people tagged was @garystevens, but turns out that’s not THE racing Gary Stevens.


Everyone had a nice laugh at the miscue, but then, our boy Julian shows up!!



I just always get a good kick out of mistaken identity stuff and even though this one didn’t feature any mean or crazy tweets, just a fun little moment of the year.  So congrats Gary Stevens on winning the Julian Muscat Mistaken Identity Award!

Beemie Award for Best Horseplayer Moment goes to @Raps7

If you’ve been a bettor for any period of time, you’ve likely seen some hilarious stuff.  Losing a winning ticket can send any of us scurrying around the OTB or track trying to find that winning piece of white paper.  I’d say most of us have probably accidentally tossed a winner or two over the years.   In fact earlier this year some horseplayers were talking about just this topic.


But after seeing their story, @Raps7 jumped in with a classic story of horseplayer ingenuity to rescue a lost ticket.


WENT BACK TO THE TRACK AND TOOK THE GARBAGE BAG HOME!!  “All Time Move” is absolutely right.  Just hysterical, and it gets @Raps7 the Beemie Award for Best Horseplayer Moment of the Year! Congrats Johnny!