If there’s a major holiday or event going on, you can guarantee that #BlackTwitter will have some fun.
On Saturday Louisville hosted its Kentucky Derby where Nyquist, a brown Thoroughbred horse, became the eighth unbeaten winner in the race’s 142-year history. More importantly, #BlackTwitter created a series of horse names more entertaining than the one Nyquist was given, through the #BlackDerbyHorseNames hashtag.
An annual event at this point, the renaming stems from 2014 when #BlackTwitter first started giving horses authentically Black (read: cool) names. Best noted by BuzzFeed’s Tracy Clayton, “Twitter had some ideas on how to diversify this year’s horse roster.”
Here are some of this year’s gems, below:
Regulations regarding birth dates and the naming of Thoroughbreds, is actually pretty strict. The Jockey Club has guidelines on the appropriate names these horse can receive.
As noted by horse racing expert Cindy Pierson Dulay, “a Thoroughbred must be named by February of its 2-year-old year or a late fee will be charged.” Adding, “Six names in order of preference are submitted by the owner and the Jockey Club will decide which they can have. Horse names can be changed for a fee unless it has already raced or been bred. Names can be up to 18 characters, including spaces and punctuation. All horse names must be approved by the Jockey Club and there are a lot of rules about what you can’t use.”
Clearly, no one on Twitter read all seven rules (with sub-notes) in regards to these names. But it didn’t stop the creativity and laughs flowing.
Above are some of the best, but we encourage you to look up the hashtag, because these names are hilarious!