kentucky derby names

PR Special Derby Edition: American Pharoah’s ‘Untold Story’

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Kentucky Derby 142.  In this edition of the PR Special, New York Times two-time Eclipse Award-winning sports writer Joe Drape includes an excerpt from his book “American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise.”   Natalie Voss tells us a […]

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Wall Street Journal: How The Derby Contenders Got Their Names

By now, we’ve all heard the various stories about how Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah’s name was misspelled. But did you know that one contender’s name comes from the obscure sport of curling and that another moniker was inspired by the classic Gone With the Wind? Or that the names Mubtaahij and El Kabeir translate to “elated” and […]

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What’s In A Name? Trends Emerge Among Past Derby Winners’ Names

We’ll never know if some of racing’s greatest horses would have performed as well with unbecoming or forgettable names, but America’s Best Racing contributor Dan Needham writes that there are certain alphabetic and linguistic trends in the list of past Kentucky Derby winners. There have been more Derby starters (and winners) with names beginning with ‘S’ […]

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