How to keep by the rules when naming a racehorse
Meeting a racehorse is one of the most extraordinary experiences as when you get formally introduced
to the beast; you may stand dumbfounded when his name is said out loud. When the horse races down
the track, you may not always listen closely to the names and comments being shouted over the mic; the
only thing that matters at that moment is whether the horse you bet on is going to cross the finish line first.
When the races are over and everyone has collected their winnings, you will have a little more time to
concentrate on the individual horses of that race. Listening to the names they are given, you might think,
where does your name come from? Some may think that it has everything to do with creativity, but there
are in fact a number of rules to making a racehorse.
To keep all horses in the correct age category, all racehorses are given the birthday of 1 January. Within
the first year of their lives, the horses need to be registered with the Jockey Club. Here blood will be
drawn and a series of tests will be done to make sure the horse does not have any serious health or genetic
conditions. Should the horse be conceived through artificial insemination, he or she will not be an acceptable
racehorse. After this is done, all horse must be named by the February of their second birthday.
With a brand new name to go with its speed, you are now free to watch the horse begin a career in
horseracing. While watching the newly named horse race, you can make online Cheltenham betting offers
and bet on the horse you think will win the race! You never know; perhaps you will walk away with a
huge wad of cash in your wallet!
Naming Your Thoroughbred
A horse name should be anything up to 18 characters in length including spaces and punctuation marks.
The naming process should also follow the following guidelines.
- Horse names are not allowed to end in “filly,” “colt,” “stud,” “mare,” or “stallion”.
- Names are not allowed to end with a numerical description such as “2nd” or “3rd,” regardless
of if it is spelled out.
- Names cannot consist entirely of numbers unless the number is above thirty; then it can be used
if it is spelled out.
- Initials such as C.O.D., F.O.B, I.O.U, etc. cannot be used.
- Names of actual persons cannot be used unless written permission to use their name is on file
with the Jockey Club.
- Names having commercial significance cannot be used.
- No names from the restricted list such as Hall of Fame or Eclipse Award winners can be used.
- Names of race tracks or graded stakes races cannot be used.
- Names that are suggestive or could be considered vulgar or to have obscene meaning cannot
- Names that could be considered offensive to religious, ethnic or political groups cannot be used.
- Names cannot be used if currently in use or if they sound too similar to name in use.
- Names cannot be reused until five years after the horse has left racing and breeding.
If all the regulations are met and the name is approved, the name will be tattooed under the horse’s upper
lip for identification.