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.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
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!