Hovdey: Goodwill Generated By American Pharoah Damaged By Recent Social Media Firestorm

by | 12.17.2015 | 8:52am
Ahmed Zayat with American Pharoah after his homebred colt won the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic

The uproar over Triple Crown winner American Pharoah not being named Sports Illustrated's 'Sportsperson of the Year' after the colt 'won' the magazine's online poll, has been the focus of social media for most of the week.

The arguments over whether or not tennis champion Serena Williams deserved the title have boiled over from just sports-related or horse racing-related websites and chat groups to mainstream media, with such sites as the Huffington Post and Forbes also talking about the perceived 'snub' of American Pharoah. Late night talk show hosts have also chimed in, with the Pharoah/Williams furor being mentioned in monologues on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert  and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.

As Jay Hovdey writes in his latest column for the Daily Racing Form, the social media firestorm of the past few days has not helped horse racing whatsoever.

“A healthy portion of the goodwill engendered by the exploits of American Pharoah was just flushed down the porcelain convenience by the ranting and raving” on Twitter and through other outlets over Williams being selected over American Pharoah.

Hovdey adds, “left to the disproportionate impact of social media, horse racing comes off the petty loser, while Williams gets the last laugh.”

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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