When does the foal get named?
When does the foal get named?
They don't need to name the foal until they register him, I think. So some time after his first birthday (Jan 1, 2013). I wonder if they have a barn name for him. I read that they call Rachel Alexandra's colt "Taco." Not sure why, but both he and Z's colt are adorable.
I asked that same question, why Taco, on Thoroughbred Champions forum... the answer was they sold the naming rights to Taco Bell
Well, that just strikes me as a but tacky.
OMG, an adorable video:
Little Z squeals when he runs, too. And you can hear Z squeal as well, and see them both running around. It is too adorable. And especially when the little guy comes over to the guy who's being interviewed, like he knows the guy is talking about him.
I just read it's been confirmed that Zenyatta's in foal to Tapit.
Will they name it Zapit?
ETA: Well, okay, and you also need a wad of cash, the amount of which goes up the longer you wait. And you can pay to reserve names-Barbaro's old owners have the names from those hunting dogs they name their horses after reserved.
The name will depend on the Jockey Club to a degree--no commercial names, no naming after living real people unless they provide written consent, name must not be more than 18 letters and spaces, and it has to be available-either no horse has had it, the horse who had it hasn't raced or been bred in the last five years (or is dead more than a certain number of years), and it's not a permanently-retired name. That's based on winning certain types of races-there won't be another Zenyatta in the US Jockey Club, or Secretariat, or Man o' War.
So the Tapit baby won't be Zapit. There's a 2005 named Zap It.
Oh, and you're not SUPPOSED to give them obscene or joke names, but clearly most days no one at the JC says the names out loud (ideally fast) before approving them. Otherwise there's no way Fog Duckin, Fog Ducker, or Sofa King Fast would have made, let alone Hoof Hearted. (At least the last one's just funny-at least one track announcer got 'Fog Duckin' turned around exactly like you'd think. He did apologize....)
I won a charity auction yesterday and am going to get to meet Zenyatta!!! I can hardly believe it. I never win these things. But I got lucky and the price was even not bad, much less than the last time they auctioned off a visit with the Queen, because of the way they ran the auction. I can't wait!
I will definitely let you know what it is like and will shre pics. My friend and her two daughters are going with me, so it will be a lot of fun. The kids are so excited! They have been getting more into horses and loved meeting Animal Kingdom last year. He is a kind horse, too, but meeting the Queen will be in a whole 'nother league!
Do you live in Kentucky, sk8pics?
Nope, but we can drive down in one day. I've done it by myself and it was painful, but with 2 drivers it will be fine. We'll stay 2 or 3 days then drive back.
I got my certificate with the contact info, and I'm just waiting for them to call me back to make arrangements.
The Kentucky Horse Park Kid's Barn is fun with some hands on activities. (And the Horse Park itself is cool.)
Keeneland racetrack is gorgeous, and you can go watch early morning workouts -- It is free. And, there's a cafeteria open for breakfast (though I think you could bring in muffins and coffee/juice, but I'm not entirely sure.) The cool thing is that you can get right down by the rails.
I found the http://www.shakervillageky.org/living_history_museum/ Shaker living history park to be really interesting.
Looking forward to hearing your trip report.
So excited! I can hardly believe it.
Zenyatta's former track pony Hootie died today (or maybe yesterday). Too bad, he didn't get to enjoy his retirement very long.
My visit with Z is going to be labor day weekend. The woman who will take us to see her said we can hang out with her for as long as we like, feed her carrots and mints, hug and kiss her, and take pictures. Her baby will be weaned by then so Z will be free to socialize.
Little Z was weaned yesterday and apparently both Z and little Z handled it with aplomb.
My visit with Zenyatta is two weeks from Friday! Wheee! Can't wait!
Crows and Eville SQUIRRELS love peanuts!