05/06/2016 11:33AM

How the Kentucky Derby horses got their names

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Barbara D. Livingston
Nyquist is named after Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist.

Trojan Nation: Co-owner Julie Gilbert’s father graduated from the University of Southern California in 1953; the school's mascot is the Trojans.

Suddenbreakingnews: Owner Sam F. Henderson has no connection to the media business; he said he simply likes the name.

Creator: WinStar Farm president and CEO Elliott Walden, a devout Christian, named the horse for God.

Mo Tom: Named for both his sire and his owner, as the Uncle Mo colt is owned by Tom and Gayle Benson’s G M B Racing.

Gun Runner: Co-owner Ron Winchell said he wanted to pick “a strong name.”

My Man Sam: He is named for the son of Sol Kumin, a member of the Sheep Pond Partners ownership group.

Oscar Nominated: His name was inspired by his dam, Devine Actress, a daughter of Theatrical.

Lani: The name means “sky” or “the heavens,” a nod to the name of his dam, Heavenly Romance.

Destin: The colt is named for Destin, a city in northwest Florida. The colt’s dam is Dream of Summer, and Twin Creeks manager Randy Gullatt noted after the Tampa Bay Derby that “Destin is a great place to dream of summer.”

Whitmore: Trainer Ron Moquett named the horse for Wilbur Whitmore, a high school classmate and basketball teammate at Pocola High School, saying the human Whitmore was an exceptional athlete.

Exaggerator: According to The Wall Street Journal, “owner Matt Bryan and trainer Keith Desormeaux were discussing how a few women in their lives were prone to exaggerating.”

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Tom’s Ready: Named for both his sire and his owner, as the More Than Ready colt is owned by Tom and Gayle Benson’s G M B Racing.

Nyquist: Owner J. Paul Reddam, a devoted Detroit Red Wings fan since the age of 5 while growing up just across the border from Detroit in Ontario, named the champion colt for Gustav Nyquist, a forward on the team.

Mohaymen: Races for the Shadwell Stable operation of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai. His name is an Arabic word meaning dominant.

Outwork: This one is quite literal, as the colt outworked one of his stablemates so impressively in an early breeze as a 2-year-old that it prompted owner Mike Repole to tag him with that name.

Shagaf: The colt is a homebred for the Shadwell Stable operation of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai. His name is an Arabic word meaning passion.

Mor Spirit: Owner Michael Lund Petersen named the horse for his mother, who has a strong personality. Mor means mother in Danish.

Majesto: This colt is owned by Venezuelan businessman Alejandro Ceballos’ Grupo 7C Racing. The name is derived by combining the names of the owner’s sons, Mauro and Jesus.

Brody’s Cause: The colt is named for the son of Reed Weston, a member of the team that helped owner Dennis Albaugh select the colt out of the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale. The second half of his name comes from sire Giant’s Causeway.

Danzing Candy: The name references both his sire, Twirling Candy, and his paternal granddam, House of Danzing.