The Jockey Club recently released the name of a 2002 gelding I used to have. Does this mean that he's dead or do they routinely release the names of non-racing geldings past a certain age? I checked the registry and it didn't say that a death report was received.
As CHT said, they do release non retired names after a period of time.
I just checked, and my 2002 gelding's name has also been released. He is very much alive (or at least was when I last saw him an hour ago )
What's the release time span for mares? I recently found out that there's a 4 year old colt out there with my 1983 model mare's name. Gotta say, he's a much better racehorse than my girl would ever have been.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past - let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Lucky's a 2002, but since his last race was in late 2009, his name is still taken. If I read the rule correctly, it'll be free for use in 2014 as he hasn't raced since and obviously he won't be breeding anything!