The Club gives some names "permanent" status, meaning they can never be registered for any other horses. This status is given to names of the most famous and winningest racehorses like California Chrome and Man o' War. "If the name has been released and is not a permanent name, it can be reused," Bailey said.
For the great majority of horses, the trademarking of their names is completely unnecessary, and more importantly, not legally attainable.
For one, no horse can have the same name as another horse currently racing. In fact, a breeding female horse a broodmare) holds exclusive rights to her name until she turns 30, or 10 years after the horse's death.
Names can be up to 18 characters, including spaces and punctuation. All horse names must be approved by the Jockey Club and there are a number of rules about what you can't use: No initials such as C.O.D., F.O.B., I.O.U., etc.
Now, although 18 characters may seem like plenty, another rule handed down by The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities that makes picking a name just a tad more difficult is that no two horses currently racing can have the same name.
"There are myriad ways that a name is chosen 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 of their lineage or the other, while some owners will find a clever way to use both the mother, or "dam," and the father, or "sire."
A horse's name can be changed upon receipt of an acceptable name choice, the original registration certificate and payment, per AQHA Rule REG118, so long as the horse has not: (a) Competed in an AQHA show or special event. (b) Started in a recognized race.
No name can have more than 18 characters, which is why Shutthefrontdoor, among others, must make do without spaces. He does, at least, get all of the necessary letters, a courtesy denied to Youlneverwalkalone, a runner in the Grand National in 2004.
The actual story is that my dad's secretary, Elizabeth Ham, picked the name because it was a favorite of her's. Her job before the Meadow was working at the United Nations which is a “Secretariat”. Dear Penny: Just curious as to the height and weight of “The Great One.”
By the late 17th century, these horses were being raced successfully over quarter-mile courses in Rhode Island and Virginia, and hence received the name Quarter Horses. The Quarter Horse was bred for performance and had considerable Thoroughbred blood as well as traits of other lines.
So why are many horse names downright weird? It's partly a way of getting around rules dictating that no professional thoroughbreds have the same name. That includes names which are spelled differently, but phonetically sound the same.
Traditionally, owners incorporate aspects of the horse's bloodline into its name so that breeders and buyers will be able to recognize its lineage. This can result in some pretty long, wordy names. But horses alternately can also go by a barn name, an everyday name that is usually one word from its full name.
Before a horse can be named, the owner must submit the proposed name to its governing body for approval. Many horse owners will provide multiple names because of the limitations of acceptable names.
Secretariat died in 1989 due to laminitis at age 19.
As the builder of Meadow Stud, he left behind hefty estate taxes. His family decided to pay the bill by selling Secretariat to a breeding syndicate that would assume ownership at the end of the horse's racing days. The price tag was a then-record $6.08 million.
Secretariat set speed records at multiple distances and on different racing surfaces. But the Guinness World Record recognizes Winning Brew as the fastest horse ever. Secretariat is the greatest racehorse of all time; he annihilated his opponents and shattered course records.
A racehorse's name must not include the name of a real person or someone who has been dead for less than 50 years, unless their written permission or the permission of their family is provided. No names of racecourses or graded races can be included. Names must not have any obvious commercial significance.
Every thoroughbred racehorse, no matter its actual birth date, becomes a 2-year-old on the second Jan. 1 of its life, and as 2-year-olds, racehorses need names. Before that age, trainers and grooms usually give the horses nicknames, or refer to them by their mother's name and the year they born.
Superstition dictates that we not change a horse's name. Unless we get a horse whose name doesn't really fit him.
Click on which horse you would like to change the name of, and there will be a box that says,“Change Horse Name.” When you click on that, it will bring you to a page where you enter the new name and “add to your cart”. To change a name on USEF it costs $60, so once you pay that, you are all set to go!
Most horses do hear and understand your voice; however, they don't pick up on the actual word like a person would. In reality, they hear your tone and various sounds. Some can be trained to identify their name, but that isn't the majority.
Horses have show names to ensure that no two horses have a similar name during the competition. Show names also offer horse owners an opportunity to be creative.
The word horse in theory comes from an ancient term of a similar meaning,"swift," or "running." Hence the word horse is an appropriate name for an animal that has increased the mobility of humans since the domestication of the beast.
The easiest path to naming a future Derby horse is to draw on the name of the horse's sire, dam or both. A defining characteristic makes it easier to name some horses, like Un Ojo, the one-eyed horse who was in position for the Derby before being pulled from contention shortly before Monday's draw.