With all due respect to the fine race horses, Frankel, Wise Dan, Royal Delta, I’ll Have Another, and Shanghai Bobby, the good folks that decide on the finalists for the Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award have unceremoniously left off the two most popular horses in America.
***Editor's Note - Due to the efforts of so many passionate fans, Paynter and Shackleford have been added to the list of finalists. I thank the Vox Populi committee for allowing the voice of the fan to be heard, and most of all, I thank the fans for their support and love of racing.***
It’s not only a swing and a miss, but to go 0-for-2, is frankly shocking. If they were looking to name five champions … they succeeded. If, however, they were attempting to reward the love and admiration of the fans of our sport … they failed miserably.
As someone who is out there with the fans at the track, and talking with them on Horse Racing Nation, Facebook, and Twitter on an hourly basis, I urge the folks who decided on this year’s finalists to consult me in the future. I will be more than happy to be the voice of the fans. This year’s decision did not speak for the fans, but rather only served to make the decision makers look out of touch.