Of Horses and Names

What’s in a name? Everything, apparently. Where naming your Thoroughbred is concerned, you need to follow a lot of rules set forth by the Jockey Club. And they’re not few nor are they hassle-free to follow.

To make it easy to monitor all age groups for the races, January 1 is the set birthday of all horses. You must register your horse within a year after its actual date of birth. Take note that you can’t register an equine that has been artificially inseminated, cloned or whose embryo has been transferred. The horse must be the product of an actual physical mating. To be eligible for registration, the foal’s parents must be registered with the Jockey Club and to prove parentage, it must undergo a DNA or blood test.

You have to name your horse by February of its second year or suffer late fee charges. You submit six names to the Jockey Club, the first one being your most preferred. The long and short of it is that the ultimate decision as to which name to give your horse actually lies with the Jockey Club.

However, there are a lot of prohibitions to follow when choosing a name for your horse. For instance, you may not use more than 18 characters, spaces and punctuation marks included, for your horse’s name. Your horse’s name must not also end with horse-related terms such as “filly,” “colt,” “mare,” “stallion” or others of a similar nature. You may not use initials such as C.O.D., F.O.B nor can you use names of graded stakes races or racetracks. And if you’re thinking of naming your horse after a winner in the Kentucky Derby for the past 25 years, forget it. You may not use any name of any past winner of a graded 1 stakes race.

If you want to use numbers to name your horse, you can only do so for numerals above thirty and this must be spelled out. However, numerical designations such as “2nd,” “3rd” and so forth may not be used regardless of whether this is spelled out or not. Vulgar, obscene or offensive names that could potentially humiliate, harass or disparage any religious, political or ethnic group is definitely not allowed.

This is just a beginner’s introduction of the long list of rules for naming your horse. This gives you an idea of how tough it is to come up with names for your equine. Apparently, for racehorses, everything is in a name.

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