Kentucky Derby 2017: Ranking the best horse names in the field
Under threatening skies, thoroughbreds gallop the track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Apr.29, 2017 during early morning training hours. Churchill Downs opens its spring race meet today and the 143rd Kentucky Derby is May 6. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
There’s plenty of intrigue with the Kentucky Derby every year through favorites and long-shots and the stories behind them. But then there’s also the horses’ names. Some are unique, some are boring and some are hilarious. PennLive reporters Aaron Kasinitz and Daniel Gallen went through the 20-horse field for Saturday’s race and ranked their favorite names in the Run for the Roses.
Former jockey Rosie Napravnik exercises Kentucky Derby entrant Girvin for her husband trainer Joe Sharp at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
This rolls off the tongue well, assuming I’m pronouncing it right, but it’s unspectacular.
Girvin is a town in West Texas, which isn’t really the first thing I think of when I think of horse racing. This horse would have been much higher if it was named after George Gervin.
Looking At Lee gets a bath outside Barn 38 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Monday, May 1, 2017, following his final work out for the May 6 Kentucky Derby horse race. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
Sometimes alliterations works; other times it doesn’t. This time? Eh, sorta.
State of Honor’s sire was To Honor and Serve, and quite frankly, it just sounds stiff. According to the Kentucky Derby, State of Honor is known as “Tiny” and “The Giraffe” around its barn. Those would be much more interesting.