Naming Challenge for Rachel Alexandra’s Foal
As the first female ever to win the historic Saratoga Race Course Woodward Stakes, Rachel Alexandra has her name firmly engraved in the annals of horseracing history. Her accomplishments include being crowned 2009 Horse of the Year, with victories including the Haskell Invitational, Preakness Stakes and 2009 Kentucky Oaks.
No doubt much will be expected of the colt she gave birth to on 22 January in Kentucky, especially in light of the fact that Curlin is its father. Having been named Horse of the Year for both 2007 and 2008, Curlin has also won the Woodward Stakes, with other victories including the Dubai World Cup, Preakness Stakes, and Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Co-owners of the colt, Barbara Banke and Hal McCormick, wanted to share the excitement of the birth Rachel Alexandra's first foal and have called on fans to submit name suggestions, noting that they are looking for a very special name for a very special colt who bears a strong resemblance to his famous mother. As the widow of the Jess Jackson, Barbara Banke mentioned that the name should celebrate the memory of her late husband.
Following the birth of the 125-pound bay colt, social media platforms were flooded with congratulations for both mother and foal, with some fans suggesting names. This led to the establishment of the competition in which the fan submitting the winning entry will enjoy an overnight stay at Stonestreet, a private tour of the farm, and the opportunity to spend some time with Rachel Alexandra and her colt. Should the same name be submitted by more than one person, the winner will be determined by means of a draw.
There are rules governed by the Jockey Club regarding the naming of a thoroughbred, these include the requirement that names may not exceed 18 characters; may not consisted entirely of initials; may not end in any horse-related term (filly, colt, mare, stud, etc.); may not end with a numerical designation; may not consist entirely of numbers; may not be have the name of a person, living or deceased, unless certain requirements are met.
For more information on Rachel Alexandra, her colt and the naming compettion, fans can visit the Stonestreet Farm Website.