Monday, 5 November 2018

I Have Never Owned Or Would Like To Own,

a race horse,

but if I did it would need a name, but naming a racehorse is not as easy as you may think, You can't just name a horse Bob or Joe, because there are rules, lots of rules, but within those rules, you also want a name that will be memorable, of course, and some horse owners take those rules as a challenge, another trend when it comes to naming racehorses is to simply pick a name that sounds funny or is difficult to pronounce, usually just to annoy racing commentators, an example of this is a horse bought by one of the writers of the film Airplane, David Zucker named All Pink, if that doesn’t sound all that funny we should note that Zucker specifically instructed the jockey riding All Pink to hug the inside of the track so the commentator would have to keep saying the phrase “It’s all pink on the inside”, so what would you name a racehorse? but first a racehorse owner must first submit the preferred name to The Jockey Club, the body that governs horse racing, says Claire Novak, online features editor for The Blood Horse magazine, and The Jockey Club has its fair share of odd rules, for example, if you wanted to name your horse after a living person, you would have to get written permission from that individual and submit it to the organization, here are some of the best and weirdest rules in the name game:
  • Names may not exceed 18 characters, including spaces. So that rules out"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."
  • Names may not end in any horse-related term, such as "filly," "stallion," or "mare." "Black Stallion" would be too easy.
  • A horse may not have a name made entirely out of numbers, and any numbers over 30 have to be completely spelled out. So, you can't name your horse using binary code,  
  • finally, you can't use a racetrack or one of the top-tier races as an inspiration for your horse's name, so forget about "Preakness Princess." 

and the most important rule? You can't submit a racehorse name that already exists. So before you get too attached, make sure to enter your favorite name here to see if it's one of 450,000 names already taken, still owners manage to get creative, racehorses have been dubbed all manner of names, including 50 Shades of Hay, Effinex (say that one out loud), My Wife Knows Everything and The Wife Doesn't Know, those last two ended up racing against each other in 2010, and there was me thinking Neddie would be OK.

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