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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Den of Iniquity

As a word geek, there’s nothing I love more than a well-named race horse. To hardcore horseplayers that fascination may appear superficial since actual performance is seemingly unrelated to a horse’s name, but I would argue that, consciously or not, a horse’s moniker affects the expectations connections have for that animal. Taking the time to thoughtfully craft a name implies a high regard, whether realistic or not, for a horse’s abilities. Not to pick on any one horse, but that’s why a filly like Thewifedoesntknow doesn’t stand a chance beyond the claiming level. Still, I can appreciate quirky named horses like The Guru of Gloom (IRE) or Jonny Lesters Hair (IRE).

That’s why I had to smile today reading that an 11-year-old horse named Den of Iniquity won a hurdle race at Perth. His pedigree: by Supreme Leader out a Phardante mare named Divine Comedy. Poetry! Others that have tickled my fancy for the witty merging of sire and dam names include:

  • Sylvan Song (Street Cry-Forest Heiress, by Forest Wildcat)
  • Venomous (Red Ransom-Snake Dancer, by Golden Snake)
  • L Frank Baum (Sinndar-Rainbow City, by Rainbow Quest)
  • Cool Rhythm (Iceman-With Music In Mind, by Mind Games)
  • Perennial Song (Songandaprayer-Yearly Copy, by Souvenir Copy)
  • One Way Or Another (Carnegie-True Blonde, by Naturalism)
  • Frequency (Starcraft-Soundwave, by Prince Sabo)
  • Margins (Parameter-Printer’s Mistress, by Semipalatinsk) added 5/12/2012
What are your favorites?


Miller said...

My parents have a mare they named Escaping (In The Slammer out of Chancy Prospect). Always thought that her name was very clever!

Valerie Grash said...

That is clever! :-)