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Little Scottie #102 / Of Course, Of Course (4/30/10)

Thoroughbred names add to the fun of The Kentucky Derby.
Thoroughbred names add to the fun of The Kentucky Derby.
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Fri, Apr 30, 2010 - UDK, Page 4A
Living in a midwestern college town, I've often found that my interest in Thoroughbred racing was unmatched if not entirely misunderstood. I don't bet on the horses; I simply enjoy the excitement of the competition. But it's still fun to pick horses based on any number of criteria, including their names. There are a series of rules for naming a racehorse. A limit on 18 characters is one of them, which is why some names are long strings of words without spaces. Technically, we could have put spaces in "Whogivesaeff" without getting to 18, but I thought this seemed funnier.

I've been watching horse racing on television since I was in high school, but it wasn't until a few years ago when I worked on a broadcast of the Virginia Derby that I got to see Thoroughbreds up close and appreciate how beautiful and impressive they truly are. And anyone who knows me could attest that I am anything but an animal lover, but there is no finer looking animal.

So, check out the Derby this weekend. Maybe you'll enjoy it. I know I will.
Scott A. Winer / Writer, Little Scottie

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