The 137th Running of the Roses Produces The Most Fun and Colorful Names in Recent Memory
Did anybody else notice that horse named Mucho Macho Man finished third in the Kentucky Derby?
Two days after Cinco de Mayo!?
Are all the margaritas in Louisville now on the owner?
It was the most recognizable horse in the field. Mucho Macho Man was wearing not a saddle, but a pancho. And a fake mustache.
The jockey, Rajiv Maragh, wore not a jockey’s hat but a sombrero.
Mucho was trailed not by other horses, but a mariachi band.
Okay, so the only true part in that is the fact that it finished third. And this sidekick sidebit: It’s trainer is a woman, Kathy Ritvo, and that’s a rarity in horse racing. In fact, no female trainer has ever won the Derby.
And here’s another truth about the 2011 Kentucky Derby: Mucho Macho Man was not the most amusing name in the field. PubClub.com gives this honor to a horse named Pants on Fire. Now there’s a racer one would think would be running really fast!
What about Master of the Hounds? Beats being the master of one’s domain.
Soldat? Running at the same time that Jimmy Buffett was taking the stage at Jazz Fest in New Orleans (“who dat,” he said after walking on the stage).
The record crowd of 165,000 – most of whom were partying in the infield – certainly had a lot more to drink about this year.
The funny names of the horses!