Horse Racing Fans Up in Fetlocks Over SI Sportsperson of Year Pick

American Pharoah capped off his career with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

American Pharoah capped off his career with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (Photo credit: Breeders’ Cup Ltd.)

Horse racing fans around the globe are upset that American Pharoah was snubbed by Sports Illustrated with Serena Williams winning the Sportsperson of the Year award, and rightly so.

Oh the outrage! Serenity now!

A tennis player? Really? Nobody watches tennis anymore. I haven’t watched a tennis match since Guillermo Vilas beat some other guy in the semifinals of a clay court tournament in New Hampshire sometime in the early 80’s. It was on PBS and I tuned in to watch Monty Python but the damn pledge drive was running long.

Okay, so nobody really watches horse racing anymore either, but people did tune in this spring to watch American Pharoah become the first Triple Crown winner in nearly four decades.

C’mon, If I want to watch a hot chick in a skimpy outfit slap around fuzzy balls, I’ll tune into Cinemax. serena_edited

Sports Illustrated ran an online poll last week, and American Pharoah garnered 47% of the vote, with the Kansas City Royals second at 29%. Williams received just 1% of the online votes.

That is not a typo, American Pharoah was at 47% and Serena at 1%. It was the Triple Crown winner by a pole, and that is not a pun referring to American Pharoah’s future employment in the breeding shed.

Okay, so Serena did win 55 of her 58 matches in 2015 and won three of the Grand Slam events. But American Pharoah swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes for the Triple Crown, and then won the Breeders’ Cup Classic to become the first horse in history to win the Grand Slam of Racing, something we kinda made up just this year.

Boy oh boy the Twitterverse blew up today. Here are some of my favorites:

I’m with this Twit, I am canceling my SI subscription. (Oh crap, I canceled it back in 1983 when SI started to become irrelevant except for the Swimsuit edition, which became irrelevant with the advent of free porn sites in the late 90’s).

 

AP apparently is not taking the news well:

 

This is totally uncalled for, but so funny:

 

They would be a dynamic duo for sure:

 

Apparently not everyone is following:

 

Not surprising, there have been some racist tweets:

 

I “40-love” this one:

 

This tweet makes (fashion) sense:

 

One twit brings up an age old question:

 

At least one Daily Racing Form scribe is not happy:

  Okay, maybe just one:

 

So how does American Pharoah feel about the snub?:

 

 

This one is pretty punny:

 

The snub could be motivation for the big stud?:

 

AP owner Ahmed Zayat summed up what most horse racing fans are feeling:

 

Ah, screw it, I’m over it already. I just hit the exacta in the second race at Turf Paradise.

Carry on.

 

 

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