The Names They (Almost) Gave Them – Triple Crown

SPA STAR bumped with TRADE SECRET at the start, raced far back for six furlongs, worked his way forward while four wide on the turn, split rivals entering the stretch, closed the gap in midstretch then finished determinedly to wear down RED WHITE N BLUE in the final strides.

Uh, what?

Maybe this is better.

VICTORY GALLOP bumped with YARROW BRAE at the start, raced far back for six furlongs, worked his way forward while four wide on the turn, split rivals entering the stretch, closed the gap in midstretch then finished determinedly to wear down REAL QUIET in the final strides.

With the Triple Crown trail in full swing, let’s take a moment to remember who traveled this road before. The below are the (almost) names of various Derby, Preakness, and Belmont winners from 1997 to the present. Just remember, it’s all in the name.

Bernardini
Initial name submitted: Silverstone (rejected)
2nd name submitted: Monza (rejected)
3rd name submitted: Bernardini (approved)

Big Brown
Initial name submitted: Heir Apparent (rejected)
2nd name submitted: Big Brown (approved)

Da’Tara
Initial name submitted: Smokin’ Embers (rejected)
2nd name submitted: Sunseeker (rejected)
3rd name submitted: Da’Tara (approved)

Funny Cide
Initial name submitted: Funny Cide (approved)
Alternate names submitted – not checked: Mr. Evasive; Slew’s Humor

Lemon Drop Kid
Initial name submitted: Cookie Monster (rejected)
2nd name submitted: Lemon Drop Kid (approved)

Monarchos
Initial name submitted: Yamon (rejected)
2nd name submitted: Monarchos (approved)

Real Quiet
Initial name submitted: Red White N Blue (rejected)
2nd name submitted: Stars’n Stripes (rejected)
3rd name submitted: Real Quiet (approved)
Alternate names submitted – not checked: Really Quiet; Quiet Man; American Native; Native American

Sarava
Initial name submitted: Magic Rhythm (rejected)
2nd name submitted: Sarava (approved)

Smarty Jones
Initial name submitted: Get Along (approved)
Name change submitted: Smarty Jones (approved)

Touch Gold
Initial name submitted: Power Play (rejected)
2nd name submitted: King’s Spirit (rejected)
3rd name submitted: Touch Gold (approved)

Victory Gallop
Initial name submitted: Spa Star (rejected)
2nd name submitted: Victory Gallop (approved)

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