Famed racehorse Barbaro, euthanized last month amid near-universal sorrow, may have gone to the great derby in the sky, but his memory and lineage gallop on. One of his full brothers, a yearling, will probably race later this year, and his dam is carrying another full brother. According to NPR sports commentator Frank Deford, the owner of all this valuable horseflesh has decided to name Barbaro's siblings after some foxhounds she saw in a painting. Really, says Deford, can't she do a little better? He proposes a contest to come up with better names for the two foals; submit your suggestions here.
For inspiration, you might take a look at this pedigree chart. And you should know that a horse's name is often drawn from the names of its sire and dam. Deford: "The great Native Dancer, for best example, was by Polynesian, out of Geisha. Get it?" He continues:
Here are some other favorites, suggested by Bob Curran at the Jockey Club and by Bill Nack, the magnificent racing writer. Listen carefully now:
By Deputy Minister, out of Misconduct: Impeachment
By The Axe, out of Top o' The Morning: Splitting Headache
By Ambernash, out of Chorus Call: Forever Kicking
Let's give Barbaro's kin something just as memorable. His sire is Dynaformer, his dam La Ville Rouge. So we have a lot to play with. On the paternal side: Dyna — power, as in dynamite. And former — either a reference to the past or to somebody who makes something. And on the maternal side, with La Ville Rouge, we have France, town and red. Nice if we could get some reference to the older brother's glory in there, too.
Names must be eighteen letters or shorter (no initials) and cannot be "suggestive, vulgar, or offensive." Read the complete Jockey Club guidelines here.
I'll start the bidding with Barbarossa, Formidable, My Old Flame, Dynopolis, and Urban Renewal.
P.S. Wondering about the title of this post? I got the lyrics right here.