Sunday, April 25, 2010

T-Times on a tear with texts today

I signed up recently for the racing-news text-notification offered by Thoroughbred Times.

It seems like a pretty good service. I learned Saturday that Hurricane Ike upset the field in the Derby Trial soon after the race, even though I was unable to be anywhere that I could watch it. And this morning, the service woke me up with news that Eskendereya would be out of the Kentucky Derby. Even as "just" a fan, that second brief, in particular, is something I want to know right away; not later in the day.

Then, at 1:32 p.m., comes this message.

"TTimes Alert: Sunland Derby winner Endorsement gets day off."

Let's see:

1. Sublime Wood Memorial winner off the Derby trail six days out from the race due to injury.

2. Endorsement -- who despite winning the G3 Sunland Derby has only made four starts in his life, winning two (though he's "in" for the Derby at 10th in graded earnings) -- walks the shedrow instead of galloping this morning because, well, his trainer, Shannon Ritter, "likes to give (a horse) a day off every once in awhile."

When it comes to buzzing my phone with text notices about horse racing news, I have a little ditty to share with Thoroughbred Times.

I trust it will be received in good humor.

At least the breaking news about Endorsement's casual Sunday isn't the bulletin that woke me.


  1. I was wondering about their texting feature, sounds like I'm going to have to try it out.
    Thanks for the heads-up!

  2. It's been busier today than I need for it to be. Seems they're plugging their feature stories as they go online.

    I don't particularly need a "bulletin" to inform me that "Line of David's meteoric rise excites connections." Especially when, for me, all it said was "Line of David." Which sent me scurrying to TB Times online to see what was up. Which was, NEWS FLASH, the connections are happy when a horse is good.

    But you can choose WHICH things to sign up for on the alerts, and it's very possible that in signing up for everything possible, I committed myself to receiving text messages even on feature stories. Which for me is unnecessary. I can probably change that in my membership settings.


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