WHAT’s in a name? that which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.

Those words are spoken by Juliet when she talks of her love for Romeo in the famous play by William Shakespeare, writes JACK MILNER of TAB News.

When it comes to naming horses some breeders may just mix part of the sire’s name with a part of the dam’s name. Some name it after a family member or something that was cute about the horse as a foal. Others just leave it up to the purchaser to give their acquisition a name.

But there are some who give names a lot of thought and provide the horse with a cleverly thought-out label.

As a result, there is a lot to glean from a horse’s name. By just perusing some race cards, studiers of form could penetrate a world of knowledge. It would allow them to be the kings of Trivial Pursuit or claim bragging rights at the next pub quiz.

So here are a few pearls of wisdom:

Geographical places are very popular.

Ottawa: the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario.

Vistula: the longest river in Poland

Puget Sound – a sound along the northwestern coast of the US state of Washington, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and part of the Salish Sea.

It is a complex estuarine system of interconnected marine waterways and basins, with one major and two minor connections to the open Pacific Ocean via the Strait of Juan de Fuca – Admiralty Inlet being the major connection, and Deception Pass and Swinomish Channel being the minor.

Samoa: a country in the central South Pacific Ocean, among the westernmost of the island countries of Polynesia. Samoa gained its independence from New Zealand in 1962 after more than a century of foreign influence and domination, but it remains a member of the Commonwealth.

Marmara Sea: is the inland sea, entirely within the borders of Turkey, that connects the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea, thus separating Turkey’s Asian and European parts. The Bosphorus strait connects it to the Black Sea and the Dardanelles Strait to the Aegean Sea. The former also separates Istanbul into its Asian and European sides. The Sea of Marmara is a small sea with an area of 11,350km. Its greatest depth is 1,370 m (4,490 ft).

Circle Of Latitude: on the earth, a circle of latitude is an imaginary east-west circle that connects all locations with a given latitude. The five major lines of latitude, more commonly referred to as the five major circles of latitude, mark specific points on a globe or map of Earth. They are the Equator, Tropic Of Cancer, Tropic Of Capricorn, Arctic Circle and Antarctic Circle.

Potala Palace – a dzong fortress in the city of Lhasa, in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. It was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas from 1649 to 1959, has been a museum since then, and is a World Heritage Site since 1994. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka.

What about flora and fauna?
Artemisia: a large, diverse genus of plants with between 200 and 400 species belonging to the daisy family Asteraceae. Common names for various species in the genus include mugwort, wormwood, and sagebrush.


Pilgrim’s Progress –is a 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print. It has also been cited as the first novel written in English.

The arts?

Pavlova Project: This illustrates the life of the legendary Russian Ballerina Anna Pavlova (18811931) through the costumes and fashions that she wore. Meticulously reconstructed in one-quarter scale by dressmaker Peggy Turchette, these miniature masterpieces are displayed on 16-inch mannequins in an exhibit that presents a stunning visual biography of her life. The exhibit will take you on a journey — from penniless child to dance student in St. Petersburg, Russia, and on to international stardom — with more than 75 dressed mannequins. Each recreated costume tells one small part of Pavlova’s story and the people who were part of her world — her teachers, dance partners, choreographers, and famous friends.

Ponchielli: Amilcare Ponchielli, an Italian composer best known for his opera, La Gioconda. La Gioconda is the Italian name for the Leonardo da Vinci painting, the Mona Lisa, which hangs in the Louvre in Paris. La Gioconda is the name of Ponchielli’s dam so it was a clever move to go with the opera, rather than the painting. The most famous piece of music from the opera is the Dance Of The Hours and for those old enough to remember, was the tune used by comedian Alan Sherman in the song “Hello Mother, Hello Father”.


Mazavaroo: a delicious chili paste from Mauritius with garlic, ginger and fresh lemon. A small spoon of this condiment adds a fiery punch to any meal.


Nimitz: Chester William Nimitz was a fleet admiral of the United States Navy.

He played a major role in the naval history of World War II as Commander in Chief, US Pacific Fleet and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, commanding Allied air, land, and sea forces during World War II. Nimitz was the leading US Navy authority on submarines.

Many newcomers to racing are lambasted by friends and family for wasting their time with the sport, and their time can be better used studying for college or university. Next time that happens, you can proudly quote Mark Twain.

“Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.”


  1. What in a Name? Pythagorus was a greek philosopher that understood that the energy of a birth date and name resonate to a particular frequency. He called this numerology. If you have ever visited a numerologist you will realise that it much like a code for your life giving you insight into your life path, soul journey, karmic lessons, karmic debt, karmic obligations, challenges, soul purpose, essence and personality. Each letter links to a number and each number carries a meaning and code. The life cycles determine the influence you are under in any particular year.

    For example, to determine if a horse has a racing spirit a short numerology can be done using the name and birthdate.

    I will use a horse whose name I changed from Glass House to Ms Flower Power (a two year Chestnut Filly) by Flower Alley. If I had left her name as Glass House, she would have had too many 2 energies in places that had a propensity to create injury. By changing her name, she now has fewer karmic lessons, is less proned to injury and her true racing spirit is alive with the energy of more 8s. It is a complex calculation, but there is much to be said about a name and what the energy of that name will carry in the horse’s journey.