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Introduction

Horse racing is a sport that is almost as old as America itself! Horse racing can date its origins in America to 1665 in Salisbury, New York. The race track constructed there is the oldest Thoroughbred race track on the continent, and it is still present even today. Horse racing became more organized in 1868 after the American Stud Book was drafted, and, along with a love of racing, betting on the odds also became popular. The most popular Triple Crown racing trifecta became popular after World War II. This includes the Belmont Stakes, the Preakness Stakes, and the Kentucky Derby.

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Horse Racing Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Two types of dogs have also competed on the racing circuit, albeit via dog racing. These breeds are built for speed, and their sleek bodies are long and lean, which makes them even faster. These two breeds are the Whippet and the Greyhound. 

The Whippet is a long, lean speed machine. He is highly intelligent and easily trainable. He is actually a descendant of the Greyhound. His particular ancestors were considered too small for hunting (the original purpose of the Greyhound), and the developers of the breed put these smaller dogs together to create the Whippet breed. 

The Whippet was originally intended to hunt rabbits and catch rats. Eventually, they would be praised for their speed and entered into dog races. With the ability to run at a top speed of thirty-five miles an hour, the Whippet is the most quickly accelerating dog in the world. 

The Greyhound is also rather swift; their top speed has been clocked at forty-three miles an hour. The Greyhound was originally a hunting dog, and eventually his niche became dog racing. Unfortunately, the Greyhound is often mistreated by those wishing to make a fast dollar. Once the Greyhound's top racing days are over, usually between ages four and six, the Greyhound is surrendered to a shelter, where he may or may not find a forever home. However, there are activists who work to see the Greyhound treated properly, and there are many who adopt retired race dogs and give them a happy life while "retired." 

Male Horse Racing Inspired Dog Names

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Henry
As in John Henry, who was named for a Founding Father
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Admiral
As in War Admiral, a great name for a hunting dog
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Seabiscuit
A horse that beat the odds, a great name for the runt of the litter
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Sysonby
A very unique name; number 30 on the top 100 horse list
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Stymie
This name might refer to a dog that baffles the competition
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Prince
Refers to Majestic Prince, a top 100 race horse
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Pharoah
The 2015 winner of the Triple Crown, a rare claim to fame
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Aristides
The winner of the first ever Kentucky Derby
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Citation
Won the Triple Crown in 1948
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Iroquois
The first horse bred and raised in America to win the Kentucky Derby
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Lucky
Refers to Lookin' At Lucky, who won the Preakness in 2010
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Man O'War
Perhaps the most famous American racehorse
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Orfevre
Credited with the highest race earnings of all time
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Red Rum
Won the Aintree Grand National three times consecutively, only horse to do so
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Sardar
A Thoroughbred gifted to then-First Lady Jackie Kennedy upon a visit to Pakistan
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Winx
Won 23 races in a row
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Zippy
Zippy Chippy lost 100 races in a row
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Easy Goer
A Hall of Fame inductee; had second fastest time at Belmont Stakes
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Fair Play
Sire of the great Man O'War
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Chrome
As in California Chrome, who won the Preakness and the 140th Kentucky Derby
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Gerard
As n Brigadier Gerard who won a multitude of races in England
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Ben
Ben Nevis won multiple Maryland steeplechase races
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Barbaro
A horse that is known for tragically shattering his leg at the Preakness after winning the Kentucky Derby two weeks before
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Ajax
Had eighteen consecutive races wins
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Alydar
Finished consecutively to Affirmed in three important races
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Hastings
The grand-sire of Man O'War, won many races during the eighteenth century
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Kelso
Won Horse of the Year five years in a row
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Oeidipus
A winner of the United States Triple Crown
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Tuscalee
Holds the record for most steeple chase wins over a career
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Voltaire
Won the 1828 Doncaster Gold Cup

Female Horse Racing Inspired Dog Names

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Zenyatta
First mare to win the Breeders' Cup Classic
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Whirlaway
The fifth horse to earn the title of Triple Crown winner
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Allez France
First filly that earned $1 million winnings
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Heat
Xtra Heat was the first three year old filly to win the Endine Steaks twice
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Beholder
A filly, the first to win the Pacific Classic
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Cardi
Cardigan Bay was the first horse to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show
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Ciggy
Cigar won sixteen consecutive races
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Curly
Curlin is remembered for his winnings; he is the third highest earner of all time
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Tanya
Second filly to ever win the Belmont Stakes race
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Winny
1988 winner of the Kentucky Derby, only the third filly to do so
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Lea
Refers to Two Lea, a racer during her filly years and a successful broodmare
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Ta Wee
A champion Sprint Horse as a filly
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Dancer
Dance Smartly won the Breeders Cup; she was the first filly to do so
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Desert Gold
A racing mare whose career took place during World War I
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Diva
Makybe Diva won the Melbourne Cup three consecutive times
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Kincsem
Most successful racing mare ever
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Stella
Refers to Stellar Wind, the 2018 Pegasus World Cup winner
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Princess
As in Princess Rooney, 1984 Breeders' Cup
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Susan
As in Susan's Girl, the 1975 Ladies' Handicap winner
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Cicada
1962 Travers Stake winner
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Sophia
Won third place in the 2016 Cotillion
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Dacida
Won 4th in the 2017 Breeders' Cup
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Katie
As in Katie's Champ, this name is fitting of a small pup
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Zipessa
Raced in the 2017 Breeders' Cup
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Desert Vixen
Won the 1974 Beldame race
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Songbird
Won 2nd in the 2017 Personal Ensign race
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Lady
As in Lady Eli, a racer in the 2017 Breeders Cup
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Alexandra
Participant in the 2010 Personal Ensign race
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Tepin
Came in 2nd in the 2016 Breeders' Cup
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Beauty
Came in 3rd in the 1995 Hampsted Handicap

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