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February 1 is Deadline to Name Foals of 2006; Released Names Published

December 27, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Jockey Club reminds owners and breeders that a valid attempt to name foals of 2006 must be made by February 1, 2008, to avoid a $75 late fee. As an aid in selecting a desired name, The Jockey Club once again has published on the Registry’s website a list of 39,287 names released from active use on December 20.

A majority of the released names are those of horses that will be more than 10 years old on January 1 and that have not raced or been bred during the preceding 5 years. Use of names appearing on the list must be approved by The Jockey Club pursuant to Rule 6 of the Principal Rules and Requirements of The American Stud Book.

Owners and breeders are also encouraged to consult the Online Names Book to check the potential availability of Thoroughbred names.

“We check approximately 65,000 name submissions each year and we reject more than 15,000 of them because they are identical or similar to names already in use,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s vice president of registration services. “The number of rejections could be reduced if applicants would check the Online Names Book to see if a name may be available prior to submitting it.”

Access the list of recently released names and the Online Names Book at Both resources are updated daily as names are claimed, so users always see the most current information.

Interactive RegistrationTM (IR) is the quickest and easiest way to submit name applications and is available at no charge through the Registry’s website.

Name applications submitted through IR are preliminarily screened to eliminate direct matches with names unavailable for use, resulting in a greater chance of approval of first choice names when compared with name applications submitted via mail. Owners who name their Thoroughbreds through IR receive their first choice approximately 75% of the time.

Owners who prefer to submit their name applications by mail should do so before February 1, 2008, to The Jockey Club, 821 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503-2794.