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Most Awesome/Not So Awesome Names

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  • Most Awesome/Not So Awesome Names

    Spinoff idea from the Green Monkey thread. I really think a big problem with that horse is the awful name. Ick. He's doomed.

    Anyhow, what are the most impressive TB names you've ever run into? Ones that just had a ring to them, came off the tongue well, evoked ideas of nobility, speed, and superiority. Doesn't have to be a well-known horse, and they didn't have to live up to it. But for every Green Monkey, there has to be a Spectacular Bid, namewise. Flipside, what are the ones you wouldn't EVER subject a horse to?

    My favorites:

    Spectacular Bid
    Count Fleet
    Man o'War

    Yes, I know they are all great horses, but they are also great names.

    One of the worst I've ever read:

    Bally Ache

  • #2
    not so great...

    Countdown just showed part of one race with a horse by the name of Hoof Hearted-- "Who Farted on the outside!" Not quite how I'd pronounce it, but the announcer seemed to be having a blast (forgive me, I couldn't resist )


    • #3
      one of the worst names I've heard--Old Prunes

      Love the play on words for the TB stallion Put It Back, out of Miss Shoplifter


      • #4
        There was the famous Pot8os, I always wondered if there were a Tom8os...


        • #5
          Dylan Thomas
          Red Rocks
          Duke of Marmalade
          Red Rock Canyon
          Finsceal Beo


          • #6
            Dylan Thomas
            Red Rocks
            Duke of Marmalade
            Red Rock Canyon
            Finsceal Beo
            Dude, those are like totally awesome names.


            • Original Poster

              Oh yeah, and Rock of Gibralter.

              I don't care if he lost the BC. Great name. And all in all, his race in the BC wasn't bad.


              • #8
                Man O' War -- best name of all.
                Whirlaway. Black Gold. Native Dancer. War Admiral. Seabiscuit. Bold Ruler.
                War Chant. Congaree. Arazi.

                Least favorite names: Lil E. Tee, Whiskery, Burgoo King.


                • #9
                  Some more very awesome names..

                  Doctor Dino
                  Grand Couturier
                  Trippi's Storm
                  Marsh Side


                  • #10
                    I'm sorry but no name will ever beat Weanlinggotbig for WORST name.
                    *The Quietman ~ Irish Approved Gr.1 Stallion
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                    • #11
                      don't forget !

                      Bold Ruler!
                      breeder of Mercury!

                      remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


                      • #12
                        Worst name: "Graze"
                        He was a psychopath which didn't help his case any.

                        Best name: "Imnxcelentdriveray"
                        At first it was my worst name ever hands down, but then it grew on me over time (and it's pretty darn fun to say).

                        All in all, I love race horse names. Especially when there's witty word play off the sire and dam's names.
                        Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                        • Original Poster

                          One of the Worst


                          Not only an awful name, but grammatically incorrect and thus offensive to my English majorness. They could have at least named the horse Isitinwell.


                          • #14
                            Some of my faves:

                            Silver Ghost

                            I guess I have a thing for one word names.


                            • #15
                              Iron Leige
                              breeder of Mercury!

                              remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


                              • #16
                                Most Awesome/Not so Awesome Names

                                Awesome: Three Magic Beans

                                No So: any name with "Scat" in it (e.g. Scat Daddy).


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Sassenach View Post
                                  I'm sorry but no name will ever beat Weanlinggotbig for WORST name.
                                  I dunno, I thought Stake or Steak was pretty bad.....
                                  McDowell Racing Stables

                                  Home Away From Home


                                  • #18
                                    Piston Broke, I named him ....my ex kept him. The name fit them


                                    • #19
                                      I got a kck out of "Lost in the Fog" and how he got his name...
                                      "A good rider can hear his horse speak to him. A great rider can hear his horse whisper.

                                      Proud member of the Insomnia Clique


                                      • #20
                                        Exterminator - without question it fit him from his determination and utterly brilliant career

                                        I recall in one of the books that covered racing through the ages citing a poem written about Exterminator that appeared in a Chicago paper back in the very early '20's. I'll have to dig it out at some point. One line:

                                        "Who's the one who is true to his name .. Exterminator"

                                        By all accounts a very peaceful and kind horse but one his foes couldn't beat unless he was handicaped to the extreme and even then he might just win.