All in a Name (foxhounds and otherwise)

As is commonly known, Barbaro was named after the foxhound who flanks a group of dogs in the portrait Foxhounds Meute de le Mr. Le Comte de Barral (Count de Barral).

For those of you who have asked about the names of the other foxhounds, I have listed them in order from right to left. They are easily obtainable through an online search as well.

Barbaro
Nicanor
Lentenor
Margano
Sereno
Calypso

The search for these names prompted a conversation with Bob Curran Jr., Vice President of Communications for The Jockey Club, and a quick look at the rules for the Thoroughbred naming process as obtained from  American Stud Book Principal Rules and Requirements. One interesting option to note is that of reserving a name - for a fee of $75.00, that name is made unavailable for an entire year. If not used within a year it becomes available for any horse. However, the individual who reserved the name may choose to renew the reservation for an additional year and another $75.00 fee. Approximately 400-450 names are reserved per year.

Often, Curran said, national events inspire the creation of Thoroughbred names. Following the fallout from the 2001 presidential elections, for instance, registered horses included All Four Chads, Count The Chads, Dangling Chad, Don’t Countess Out, Florida Recount, No More Chads, and Tooclosetocall.

After Smarty Jones' 2004 Kentucky Derby victory, up popped Smarty Me (filly by Elusive Quality), Sleepy Jones (colt by Swiss Yodeler), Smarty Who (filly by Lucky Lionel), Smarty Dee (filly by Pepper M.), Party Jones (colt by Elusive Quality).

There are NASCAR names such as J. Gordon (a colt named for driver Jeff Gordon) and Dirtymoposse (a colt named for the close circle of friends of driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.), and Seinfeld names like Vandalay, Hello Newman, Puffy Shirt, Kramerica, Low Talker, Serenity Now, Hipster Dufus, Yada Yada Yada, and Manhands.


The following classes of names are not eligible for use:

Names consisting of more than 18 letters (spaces and punctuation marks count as letters)

Initials such as C.O.D., F.O.B., etc.

Names ending in "filly," "colt," "stud," "mare," "stallion," or any similar horse-related term

Names consisting entirely of numbers. Numbers above thirty may be used if they are spelled out.

Names ending with a numerical designation such as "2nd" or "3rd," whether or not such a designation is spelled out

Names of persons unless written permission to use their name is on file with The Jockey Club

Names of "famous" people no longer living unless approval is granted by the Board of Stewards of The Jockey Club

Names of "notorious" people

Names of racetracks or graded stakes races

Recorded names such as assumed names or stable names

Names clearly having commercial significance, such as trade names

Copyrighted material, titles of books, plays, motion pictures, popular songs, etc., unless the applicant furnishes The Jockey Club with proof that the copyright has been abandoned or that such material has not been used within the last five years

Names that are suggestive or have a vulgar or obscene meaning; names considered in poor taste; or names that may be offensive to religious, political or ethnic groups

Names that are currently active either in the stud or on the turf, and names similar in spelling or pronunciation to such names

Permanent names and names similar in spelling or pronunciation to permanent names. The list of criteria to establish a permanent name is as follows:
a. Horses in racing's Hall of Fame;
b. Horses that have been voted Horse of the Year;
c. Horses that have won an Eclipse Award;
d. Horses that have won a Sovereign Award (Canadian Champions);
e. Annual leading sire and broodmare sire by progeny earnings;
f. Cumulative money winners of $2 million or more;
g. Horses that have won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes, The Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Breeders' Cup Classic or the Breeders' Cup Turf; and
h. Horses included in the International List of Protected Names.

 

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The Five-Cross Files

It's a couple of generations removed, but anyone who has $$$ to spend can BUY BARBARO'S COUSIN!  Read a bit about the sale at The Five-Cross Files.

28 Mar 2008 1:08 PM
Lisa in Colorado

Thanks so much for the new post - I look forward to each one so - and the great information.

28 Mar 2008 3:35 PM
Wilbur

That is a fascinating lesson on horse names, Claire. As always, I am impressed by your breadth of knowledge on the subject.

I notice that the Jockey Club does not permit horses to be named after "notorious" people. How then can Mr. Jockey Club Vice President Currin explain a horse named Bobby Sands, who is named after the Irish Republican Army terrorist Bobby Sands? Wouldn't a terrorist qualify as being "notorious"? Those IRA boys kidnapped and killed the great horse Shergar, didn't they? They might have done the same to Barbaro if he were in Ireland at the time.

I trust you will track this down with the same zeal by which you have unearthed the names of the dogs in the picture. Thank you in advance for your answer.

28 Mar 2008 6:23 PM
SR Vegas

Ms Novak

Thank you for the list of "Foxhounds" I think it's great that Barbaro, Nicanor and Lentenor are all part of a "big picture"

Thanks for moderating this blog site.

28 Mar 2008 6:43 PM
Mary

I've always been amused by the Jockey Club's rules for naming horses - and tickled by the ones that seem to have slipped by the censors. When I was in college, the capable filly Bodacious Tatas was running at Keeneland. And a race call featuring the hilariously named "Hoof Hearted" frequently shows up on TV's Funniest....'whatever' shows.

28 Mar 2008 10:37 PM
Stephanie

Two of my favorites are Touchdown Peyton and the one that almost made me spill my can of Coke-Load A Chronic. LOL!!  How did the Jockey Club let that go by??

29 Mar 2008 7:50 PM
Amanda

Do you know the breeding plans for La Ville Rouge this year? I here she was barren in 2007.

Later!

Amanda.

29 Mar 2008 9:18 PM
RUTHANN

I READ WITH INTEREST ALL OF YOUR POSTS AND AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SHARING OF KNOWLEDGE WITH US. THIS ONE GIVES ME PAUSE BECAUSE IF I REMEBER CORRECTLY BILL STIRITZ'S (OF RALSTON PURINA) WIFE NAMED ONE OF HER HORSES HITLER, NOT A VERY NICE NAME. HOW DID THAT GET THROUGH THE JOCKEY CLUB?

29 Mar 2008 10:59 PM
dawne

On the subject of names, who can forget "golden balls" or "panty raid".  Just love to know how those got by the jc.

31 Mar 2008 8:56 PM
rescue

How about an exacta with Silver Knockers to Golden Balls?

02 Apr 2008 3:20 AM
heidi

la ville rouge is booked to dynaformer

i would imagine she has been bred by now

02 Apr 2008 8:33 AM
TheOldGrayMare

RE:FIVE CROSS FILES

Anyone want to start a partnership on Hip #91?

02 Apr 2008 9:26 PM
peter

I think the funniest name is Rock Hard Ten!!!  Put him in the exacta with Golden Balls!

03 Apr 2008 11:30 AM
Sandy

I just love hearing about the progress that Nicanor and Lentenor are making they are really fantastic colts.  The next name Margano might work well for a little filly.  I still miss the big guy, Barbaro and today would have been his 5th birthday and just wanted to mention that since I really wish he was here.  RIP Barbaro and know you will never be forgotten.  Love all to all the boys!

29 Apr 2008 12:54 PM

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