There are a vast amount of Twitter accounts out there that cover horse racing. I enjoy following the many viewpoints and banter that fill the Twitterverse on the weekends during the big races. Several of the sport's media giants such as The Thoroughbred Times and the Bloodhorse have a solid presence on Twitter, but there are a number of folks I'd love to see give it a whirl....so I'll break it down to a couple of categories and who I'd like to see start tweeting (or increase their current participation) some horse racing.....
Handicappers (some are media folk too)
1) Steve Crist. He's got a great blog that we all follow. Who wouldn't want to know his thoughts as a mammoth Pick 6 he's playing is unfolding?
2) Richard Eng. His book Horse Racing for Dummies is one of the first I ever read when I was starting out in the sport. A view from his Las Vegas perch would be an interesting follow.
3) Mike Maloney. His name is usually followed with ", whale." Wouldn't you love to hear a tweet from him a minute to post like..."I got a grand on the 2....kinda nervous."
Media Folk (other than 1 and 2 above)
5) Ernie Munick. He's got the corner on the Facebook market. But think about Stump the E on Twitter? Technically he's got an account, but would love to see him mix it up on there.
6) Steve Byk. Love listening to his At The Races on Sirius (channel 126). He, too, has an account, but like Munick, doesn't tweet so much. He's a pretty sharp handicapper and would be great to interact with and get his take on the big race days. He should take a cue from Jim Rome, who tweets his upcoming guests, etc. to drive traffic to his daily radio show.
7) Hank Goldberg. Who wouldn't love to poke @TheHammer's Piggy Bank?
8) Steve Haskin. One of the respected members of the press. Probably too old fashioned for Twitter.
9) Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss. The ESPN television team are just the horse racing tweeps that would fit right in. Plus they could make fun of @TheHammer during commercial breaks.
10) Alan from Left at the Gate - Probably would have 1,000 followers within the first month, of course, 750 would be politically based...but hey we could all learn something from him when it comes to politics. Great sense of humor and he would be right in the thick of some of the Twitter battles that have taken place.
11) Norm from The Knight Sky Racing Blog - He could drive some serious traffic to his weekly handicapping contests and he has a great take on the state of racing. Has a firm grip on his handicapping and we all could learn from him.
12) Sue from Post Parade - Funny as all get out. Give her 140 characters and look out. Would be a nice Texas presence for racing tweeters.
Industry folk (NTRA, trainers, owners, etc)
13) Babe Dutrow. Need I saw more? Can you imagine his tweets during the Big Brown Triple Crown run.
14) Jess Jackson. Who wouldn't love to volley a few tweets with the outspoken millionaire. I imagine he'd have a few things to say about this year's HoTY doings.
15) Alex Waldrop. Just kidding.
So, as @QBKilla (former NFL DE Warren Sapp) would tweet: What I miss?