How The Horses Got Their Names

May 19, 2007|By EDWARD LEE

1. Mint Slewlep: Slew is the common denominator. The sire was Slew City Slew, and the grandfather was Seattle Slew.

2. Xchanger: Another variation of the sire -- this time, Exchange Rate. "X looked spiffy," trainer Mark Shuman told thehorse.com.

3. Circular Quay: Echoes the name of a port in Australia's Sydney Harbor. Is advertised as "an exciting place to be on a warm summer's day," according to thehorse.com.

4. Curlin: Named for Charlie Curlin, a slave who enlisted in the Union Army in the United States Colored Troops in 1864. One of the horse's owners is Shirley Cunningham Jr., the great-grandson of Charlie Curlin.

5. King of the Roxy: Named by former owner-trainer Richard Matlow, whose son performed in a band that appeared at The Roxy nightclub on the Sunset Strip.

6. Flying First Class: Named in honor of his mother, Flying in Style.

7. Hard Spun: Chosen by owner Rick Porter after the Jockey Club, which records births, breeding and names, released the name back into circulation. "It was nothing innovative and has no meaning," Porter told The Courier-Journal of Louisville.

8. Street Sense: A variation of the sire, Street Cry. Breeder-owner James Tafel said there's no specific meaning behind the "Sense" portion.

9. C P West: One of several horses in the field that pay tribute to their ancestors. His grandfather was Gone West.

What would be the best name for a horse who represents Maryland? Make your suggestions at baltimoresun.com/ horse.

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