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russsavokskisSeeing the horses every year always makes me wonder how the horses get their names. They're always interesting
snowdonThat's because the Jockey Club - the governing body for thoroughbred racehorse registry - has a ton of rules about naming racehorses. Basically you can't use any name currently in use, or any name similar in spelling or pronunciation to something already in use, or any name too similar to a famous racehorse, deceased/retired or not. You send the JC a list of potential names you like, and they tell you if you can use your first choice or not. So, people get creative and a lot of horses have weird registered names. Also it's really common to try to incorporate the horse's sire's (or sometimes dam's) name in some way which can make for some interesting names.
iFlipInteresting race. So rarely do things go exactly as planned, but that is essentially what happened in this year's Kentucky Derby. Danzing Candy led initially, as planned. Nyquist took the late lead, as planned, and finished strong, again as planned.
As much as everyone hypes the Triple Crown and wants to see the horse go on to win it, I hope that Nyquist falls short. American Pharoah was a truly special horse. With the long drought in between Triple Crowns, it would take away a bit from Pharoah if another horse immediately repeats. Pharoah currently resides living the dream life. He is bred twice a day, and earns $200,000 for every foal.
I was at the Belmont Stakes for Pharoah's amazing Triple Crown. It was phenomenal. Historically, Triple Crown winners come in waves. Nyquist is a tremendously strong horse, winning every race he has entered thus far. The Preakness will no doubt add to the tale, but the Belmont Stakes is where history is written.
For today, Nyquist did well. That's what we should focus on. A strong performance by a strong horse, ridden by a talented jockey. We'll leave it to the wind to see which whispers find their way into the history books.