Beemie Award for Most Awkward Headline goes to @racetrackkyle

Death is always sad.  I try and always be respectful to someone who has passed away, especially when it’s in my industry of horse racing.  But when Kyle @racetrackkyle tweeted out this article I honestly thought the headline was a spoof because 13 year old Jason started laughing at it.

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Gass passes?

Well that was an awkward way to put it for someone named Gass dying.  I mean, there’s really probably nothing wrong with it, like I said, I just have the sense of humor of a teenage boy.  So for the awkwardness that I felt after the fact, congrats to Kyle!  Btw, here’s the actual headline that Kyle was just reposting.

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Beemie Award for Best Photo to Photoshop goes to @zenyattamafia!

Breeders’ Cup not only brings together the best horses, trainers, and jockeys together in one place, it also brings all of the best photographers!!  One of those great photographers is Emily Shields (@zenyattamafia) who captured Gun Runner coming into the paddock in this shot.  Only…..Gun Runner so ended up not being the reason this photo was so great.

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Steve’s hair, as it tends to do….completely steals the show.  It’s been amazing for years now, but this particular photo, with the Del Mar ocean breeze blowing through his flowing locks, it’s just perfect.  It was also perfect for photoshop, so thanks Emily and congrats on your 1st Beemie!

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I’m King of the Breeders’ Cup

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And finally, if this isn’t the greatest thing ever, I don’t know what is.

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Beemie Award for Best Twitter Hiatus goes to @kaitlinefree

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Ahhhh the twitter hiatus.  “I’m taking the rest of the day, week, month, forever off twitter.”   We see it all the time, and NOBODY ever stays away.  Twitter is a drug of the strongest power.

Twitter can be stressful when tragedies unfold cause there’s so much going on in every direction.  Shootings, bombings, elections, all very stressful on social media.  So on October 2nd, the day after the horrendous Las Vegas shooting, Kaitlin decided she needed to get off twitter for the day.  Totally understandable, I often will do the same after tragedies.

So she tweeted out she was going to be off twitter for the rest of the day.  I imagine she put her phone away after sending it and was ready to go about the rest of her day.   But then….ONLY SIX MINUTES LATER……Kaitlin was back.  The urge of posting a cute cat photo proved just too much of a lure to get her back into the craziness of twitter.   So for that complete lack of social media self imposed discipline, Kaitlin is taking home a Beemie!

 

Beemie Award for Favorite Picture of the Year goes to @danonymousman and @giacomo926

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“Dan, I hope your first child, is a masculine child”

I love this photo for 100 different reasons.  Ever since it came out (Photographer unknown, if anyone knows would love to credit her or him) I’ve played “caption this” with it 100 times.

Let’s start with Dan on the right.  We all know Dan as the bow-tied leader of equestricon and promoting horse racing.  In this picture we find out that Dan is also the leader of the Queens Crime Family.  The jacket is great, but he’s keeping it casual with the shirt.  The shades are genius and I would guess he got them from a sporting goods store bustout.  Then there’s the smirk.  It kills me.  Also, what message did he just get on the phone?  My guess is he just got a text that someone he wanted “taken care of” just got their due!  This scene would be perfect in any Scorsese movie.

Now to Geno.  My friend Raider Mike once told me Geno was “The most New York guy in the world.”   In my mob captions of this photo, Geno is almost always Luca Brasi.  The enforcer.  Geno is either giving Dan a 10/1 Ryerson horse he likes or letting him know that “you know that thing we talked about, yeah we don’t gotta worry about that no more.”

What the photo really is, is a classic shot of two friends at the track.  It makes me smile every time I see it so it’s now a Beemie Award winner!

Beemie Award for Someone Missed the Joke goes to @reidy765

So I’ve always said that I’m not eligible for a Beemie Award.  However that doesn’t mean that someone replying to me can’t!  This was from the Keeneland fall meet and their handle and the boycott were under the microscope.  Keeneland’s handle that particular day was down quite a bit.  One of my favorite things to do on twitter is to talk about Portland Meadows as though it’s the most important track in America.  So I made this post, that I thought was absolutely dripping with sarcasm that Portland running this year was the obvious reason that Keeneland handle was down.  Well Tom disagreed.

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Tom clearly missed the joke, but honestly that last line put it over the top from missing the joke to just being simply hilarious.  I laughed for a minimum of 8  minutes after he sent this.   He followed it up shortly afterwards with just one more response.

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Tom, you may have lost respect for me, but after these great tweets, you are a Beemie Award winner!!

Beemie Award for Most Awkward Compliment goes to Todd Schrupp & @eze12373

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Todd’s a “big” guy apparently

I had the pleasure of meeting Todd at the Breeders’ Cup this year and he was such a pleasure to talk to.  But when I did meet him, this tweet was all I could think about.

This was from April and Todd and the gang from TVG were over at Keeneland doing their wall to wall coverage.  Well apparently Todd used the restroom and Eric saw him and decided to let Todd and the world know about the exchange.  Todd, always humble, thanked him.

This exchange really wouldn’t have been awkward if the word bathroom hadn’t been added in, but once it was, all I can think of is this scene from Ace Ventura.

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Your gun is digging into my hip

So congratulations to Todd and Eric for winning the Beemie Award for the Most Awkward Compliment!!