2010 Preakness

14 05 2010

Tomorrow is one of the few days of the year when America will very briefly care about the racing of horses. It’s mainly  sport that goes unnoticed for the majority of the year. But the big races such as the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and whatever other big races there are somehow create horse racing fans out of your ordinary Joe.

I am especially fond of the Preakness because it is held in good ol’ Maryland at the Pimlico Racetrack. One of the reasons I think horse racing appeals to people who wouldn’t normally pay attention to the racing of animals is (why else?) the bizzarro names the trainers give their horses. Honestly it makes no sense to me why they do this, other than for the drunk and crazed fans to shout weird things repeatedly. Let’s take a review of the contenders at the 135th Preakness Stakes:

  • Aikenite
  • Schoolyard Dreams
  • Pleasant Prince
  • Northern Giant
  • Yawanna Twist
  • Jackson Blend
  • Lookin At Lucky
  • Super Saver
  • Caracortado
  • Paddy O’Prado
  • First Dude
  • Dublin

If we were to choose a horse to win based off of their name alone, I would probably take Northern Giant. That horse has maybe the most “intimidating” name. Lookin’ At Lucky, of course seems to be only relying on luck, which could be good or bad for that contender. Schoolyard Dreams sounds cutesy yet hopeful. Both Yawanna Twist and Jackson Blend sound like the names to fancy mixed drinks. Aikenite and Caracortado are hard to pronounce and strange names. Personally, I think my favorite names are Super Saver and of course, First Dude. Dublin is a boring name and with Paddy O’Prado these horses will go well with the drunken fans. And that leaves Pleasant Prince. All I can think of when I hear that name, is this movie which comes out this summer which I want to see.

Ok everyone, have fun watching the Preakness!




One response

14 05 2010

I like Super Saver because:

1. Triple Crown all the way!

2. I am a super saver.

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