01/24/2013 1:12PM

Jockey Club sets foal naming deadline of Feb. 1

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Thoroughbred owners and breeders have until Feb. 1 to name foals of 2011, The Jockey Club announced on Thursday.

Those who miss the deadline are subject to a late fee of $100. Name selections can be submitted to The Jockey Club from the registry website or submitted via a mobile application developed for iPhone and Android. The naming application is available for download free of charge.

As an aid in selecting a desired name, The Jockey Club has published a list of approximately 46,000 names released from active use. Most of these names are from horses more than 10 years old who have not raced or have not been used for breeding during the preceding five years. Names selected from the list for re-use are subject to approval by The Jockey Club.

“The Jockey Club’s online and mobile resources offer owners and breeders an efficient, convenient method to research and decide on names for their Thoroughbreds,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club executive vice president and executive director. “The list of recently released names can be reviewed for suggestions and the Online Names Book is an invaluable tool to compare potential choices to currently in-use names.”

The list of recently released names and the Online Names Book are updated daily as names are claimed. Interactive registration is the most efficient means to submit name applications to The Jockey Club registry, which preliminarily screens names to eliminate direct matches with names unavailable for use. Owners who name their Thoroughbreds through Interactive Registration receive their first choice approximately 75 percent of the time.