William Shakespeare famous posed the question “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet;” well, if you named your horse ‘Hoof Hearted’ (say it fast) it obviously doesn’t smell too sweet!
Hoof Hearted is just one example of funny/stupid/strange and down right offensive horse names I’ve found over the years. Below you can view a few more…
There is a chance that this horse was named as such purely to confuse and prank the announcers. Can you image the commentary as he hurtles neck and neck down the final straight?
Go Dick Go
A quarter horse who won in the 1966 American Futurity. The stud has gone on to have many great-grandchildren
The made up law firm became the inspiration for the name of a champion standardbred race horse. The successful horse won 22 out of his 25 lifetime races. Amongst these races was his solid performance in the Hambletonian.
Technically, this one probably should not count. However, in the eighties, a horse by the name of ‘Little Hitler’ was approved by the Jockey Club
There is not really a lot that can be added to this one! A phrase which was later used by Family Guy’s Peter Griffin, this name was met with a lot of disapproval. Fortunately, the horse did not make much of himself.
This horse was the victor of the English Triple Crown in 1917. I doubt the words had the same connotations then as they do today.
Mile High Club
This Australian horse race a few races in 2007, but never really impressed.
Flat Fleet Feet
Owner Tom Durkin has named many horses in the duration of his 25 years in the racing business. This horse must have been a problem in many races. The name is a bit of a tongue-twister, with Durkin himself accidently calling him “Flat Fleet Fleet”.
Date More Minors
This horse was about in 2001 and almost made it into the Derby. However, he luckily lost the Tampa Bay Derby, limiting exposure to a horse which blatantly encourages a crime!
Go Tebow Go
Named after the American quarterback, this horse had not lived up to the name. The best result he managed to muster in his career was a third-place-finish.
The name of this quarter horse is incredibly racist when read backwards, and it is surprising that it was approved by the American Quarter Horse Association.
This horse won in the LKS Mackinnon Stakes in 1989.
Comply or Die
A small-time trainer in West Virginia thought it would be a good idea to name his horse ‘In Front’. This was done as a joke on the race announcer. If the horse was winning a race, the announcer would have to shout “In Front in front!”
This one tops the lot. Think of the comedy factor when the announcer is made to read that name out loud!