03/20/2012 3:06PM

Contest draws 6,521 name suggestions for Rachel Alexandra foal

Courtesy of Stonestreet Farms
Stonestreet Stables received more than 6,500 submissions as part of the “Name Rachel’s Foal” contest.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Stonestreet Stables’s “Name Rachel’s Foal” contest generated more than 6,500 submissions from around the world, from which the stable expects to choose a winner by this summer.

The six-day contest drew a total of 6,521 name suggestions for the 2009 Horse of the Year’s first foal, a colt by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin that was born Jan. 22 in Lexington. Stonestreet Stables owns both Rachel Alexandra and Curlin.

“Submitters ranged from CEOs of hospitals to 92-year-old horse lovers to members of various clergy,” a statement from the stable said. “Classrooms of children even joined together to offer fun names.”

The most popular submissions included various forms and spellings of Jess’s Dream, Alexander the Great, Raylin, Curlander, Currajess, and Vintner’s Legacy. Some of them – such as Jess’s Dream and Vintner’s Legacy – provided a hat tip to Stonestreet Stables’ late founder, Kendall-Jackson winery owner Jess Jackson, who campaigned both Curlin and Rachel Alexandra but died before he could see their foal. Jackson’s widow, Barbara Banke, now operates Stonestreet and, with family members, is sifting through the 95 pages of suggested names.

“There were names that incorporated an astonishing amount of research as well as those that were incredibly fun, such as War Taco, Duck Ragu, and one grandson’s favorite, Buttery Pancakes,” the stable’s statement said.

Curlinsanity touched on the current hype over National Basketball Association player Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks. Another suggestion, perhaps from a meditation practitioner or a physicist, was Ohm.

“When we asked for suggestions, we expected a great response, but we had no idea it would be this big,” Banke said. “From the number of suggestions to the diversity of those submitting them, the amount of time and thought fans from literally around the world put into their suggestions has humbled and moved us. It is a great testament to how well fans respond to involvement.”

Submissions came from all over the United States (including several from Alaska) and from Japan, England, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Costa Rica, and Venezuela.

Sharla Mclamb More than 1 year ago
I think it should be, Strike of Fire
Nevin Francis More than 1 year ago
Babies On Fire is the name she wants for this horse.
Nevin Francis More than 1 year ago
I ment sister wants to name the horse Babies On Fire.
Megs More than 1 year ago
I call my sister Raylin. First name rachel middle name lynn.
Deb Boller More than 1 year ago
Regardless of having to pay transportation...............This was something that was ment to be fun......and it was !! I reserched the pedigrees of Curlin and Rachel Alexandra. It was fun and enlightning to see. I did present a name I felt worthy of this outstanding colt. I based my suggestion on pedigree and that Curlins name reminded me of the sport. I dont know if his name was or not. My suggestion is .....The Stone Sweeper
Paul More than 1 year ago
Only contest in memory where the "winner" has to pay to receive his "prize" Sad they were too cheap to pick up the transportation costs for the "winner".
Troy Taylor More than 1 year ago
I sent in "Scared of Zenyatta". A tribute to Rachel Alexandra and Jess Jackson for running from a 5 million dollar purse, due to complications of Zenyatta passing Curlin for the all-time North American earnings. record.
Debbie Baucom More than 1 year ago
I sent in "Because of Jess". My daughters sent in "I Run for JJ" and "Heart of Jackson". I don't know how they will ever choose - there are so many great names!! I love "Buttery Pancakes" also, but not for THIS colt. I think they want the name to reflect the colt's heritage and be a tribute to Mr. Jackson. Glad I don't have to make the decision. Fans expect a lot from this little fellow and the name will not please everyone no matter how hard they try.
Chris Sorenson More than 1 year ago
I agree, love the name Buttery Pancakes!
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
My husband's name entered for us was J.J.'s Legacy. Pretty simple and obvious to me, but I could imagine it being called out in the stretch..."here comes J.J.'s Legacy on the outside flying down the stetch..." LOL I doubt we'll get picked, but it was fun making a list and trying to find one that will fit that beautiful boy.
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
I like Curlander alot,Buttery Pancakes is downright stupid!! ML