That’s how racehorses get their unique names – NBC10 Philadelphia

Happy Jack. Summer is tomorrow. Tiz the bomb. charge it up

That doesn’t sound like a name you would choose for a pet — imagine having to yell “Summer Is Tomorrow” at the dog park.

However, they are perfectly appropriate names for racehorses. All four will be running for the Roses this Saturday at the 148th Kentucky Derby.

Some racehorse names seem whimsical or even random. But the process often consists of personal reflection, thoughtful decision-making — and strict adherence the Jockey Club Rules.

The Jockey Club, the premier governing body of the horseracing industry, has ultimate power in approving horse names.

Jockey Club Registrar Rick Bailey said the club rejects about 30% of submissions.

“The most common reason a name is rejected is because it directly matches an active name, or is too similar in spelling or pronunciation to an active name,” he said.

There is also an 18 character limit, including spaces and punctuation.

Since no horse can share a name, owners have to get creative to come up with something unique. Bailey said for many owners, the first step is to reach out to the horse’s parents.

“There are countless ways to choose a name for a horse, but one of the most common is to name a horse after its pedigree,” Bailey said.

Some racehorses get their names from one side or the other of their lineage, while some owners find a clever way to use both the dam or “mother” and the sire or “sire”.

Pioneer of Medina’s parents are Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s father Pioneer of the Nile and Lights of Medina. Tiz the Bomb was sired by parents Hit it a Bomb and Tiz the Key.

Owners don’t have to include a horse’s pedigree, however, and can name a horse after a favorite place, pastime, nickname, word, phrase – or almost anything else. Some names may be drawn from pop culture and current events, although owners do not have carte blanche to name a horse after a real person.

“One of the naming rules is that written permission is required to name a Thoroughbred after a living person,” Bailey explained. “In the early 1990s we received permission to use the name Barbara Bush and she sent her consent on letterhead from the First Lady’s office.”

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Once an owner submits a name, the club begins its approval process. The name is entered into a computer system and subjected to a phonetic check to ensure that no other horse has been registered with the same or a similar name. Aside from being unique, the rulebook says there are a number of other requirements that a name must meet.

Names cannot:

  • consist solely of initials such as COD, FOB, etc.;
  • contain more than 18 characters, including spaces;
  • consist solely of numbers. Numbers over 30 may be used if spelled out;
  • ending in “foal”, “foal”, “stud”, “mare”, “stallion” or a similar horse-related term;
  • end with a numeric designation such as “2.” or “3.”, whether such designation is spelled out or not;
  • use the names of living persons unless the Jockey Club has written permission to use their names;
  • to use the names of persons who are no longer alive, unless authorized by the Jockey Club on the basis of a satisfactory written explanation presented to the registrar;
  • appear intended to harass, humiliate, or disparage any particular person, group of people, or entity;
  • use names of circuits or races with tiered stakes;
  • be lewd, offensive, harassing, or have a vulgar or obscene meaning; Names are considered tasteless;
  • be the name of another horse currently either racing or breeding;
  • be the name of all winning horses in the last 25 years of Grade One Stakes racing;
  • similar in spelling or pronunciation to another registered name.

The club gives some names “permanent” status, meaning they can never be registered for other horses. This status is given to the names of the most famous and successful racehorses such as California Chrome and Man o’ War.

“If the name has been published and isn’t a permanent name, it can be reused,” Bailey said.

With so many rules and restrictions, it can be difficult to come up with a name. But don’t worry, we’re here for you. Click here to try our horse name generator quiz to help you create a unique name for your Thoroughbred.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports/how-does-a-racehorse-get-its-name/3228874/ That’s how racehorses get their unique names – NBC10 Philadelphia

Sarah Y. Kim

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