Monday, December 24, 2012

A Strange Horse Racing Merry Christmas (With Text Hacks)

I was trying to think of a Merry Christmas post and I had a mental block, just like I usually do. I wasn't going to post one this year as a result - other than "Happy Christmas" with a gratuitous Kevin Bacon and/or TOC takeout hike reference -  but by happenstance one kind of fell into my lap.

Yesterday I was chatting with Sid Fernando (the most interesting man in racing ™) via text message, and this is how it went.

I chuckled. What a silly goose.

Anyhow, as most know, Sid is an omnipresent pedigree guru, amateur weather videographer and has something like 186,000 twitter followers. What you may not know is that he has plenty of contacts on his phone, too. Somehow a glitch occurred and my phone hacked into his phone. Suddenly I was seeing Christmas greetings and various other text strings from the virtual who's who of racing.

It would seem (to many) that the right thing to do would be to inform those folks that I had their private messages, but I got to thinking: That bigwig NYRA meeting last week was all about "transparency", so let's not just talk the talk.

To be extra-fair I've published a few of my own phone messages, too.

Off we go.

Here's my correspondence with racing customer, breeder, horse owner and all-around warm and fuzzy guy, Inside the Pylons.....


 Ed Derosa's presents have changed  .....


Economics professor & horse rescue head Caroline wants to have some fun. Sounds like a great time....


A rare glimpse at the symbiotic relationship between the Toddster and Not the Toddster (language warning!) ....



I thought the Paulick/Cummings break-up last week was fine, but now I wonder  .....


My chum O_Crunk and I share some introspection this Christmas....



Steve Byk talking to one of his listeners from New York.....



People have been wondering where Joe Drape has been getting his information.  I didn't find out (who do I look like, Matlock?) but I may have uncovered some clues ....


I found this discussion fascinating ....



Was Dana from Hello Race Fans right when she surmised that NYRA expert Mr. Mann was a closet Madonna fan?


I didn't know Steve Crist and his nemesis shared texts ....


Paulick can't help himself, (and neither can I)....


Doug O'Neill is more than just a guy in a hat, he's quite the jokester......


Sid ™ sometimes gets fixated on the twitter. Thankfully NA & Euro Trainer Magazine's Frances J. Karon knows how to handle it ...



For twitter watchers who know Minxified she has similar problems on her phone  ....



Jerry Jamgotchian is the man, but he seems to struggle with technology  .....


This was an interesting snapshot into the Frankel-Black Caviar courtship ....


And finally, from me to you ......


Enjoy your day everyone.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Dean.

I kind of like "ITP" but he doesn't call me a moron much.

RR

Not ITP said...

I think the Joe Drape "informant" is related to the actor who played Colonel Clink.

Christine said...

Gotta love predictive text!