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Kentucky Derby Horse Or Nail Polish Color? (QUIZ)

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As we were getting excited about Saturday's Kentucky Derby race (mostly by ogling photos of amaaaaazing hats from years past), we realized something about the names of the horses competing at Churchill Downs this year: they sound like nail polish names.

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Barb K (1688)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 4:37 pm
The Kentucky Derby needs to be shut down forever but not over nail polish; over running horses to their death; until they are injured; then they have to be shot to relieve their misery. We need to convince horse lovers not to send their horses to TKD!!! They even race colts...take the colts away from their mothers!!!!!!! This animal abuse has to STOP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fiona O (565)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 5:50 pm
I completely agree, Barb, the derby must end. It is savage. I like the green nail polish. Well, no, I do not like any color of nail polish, terrible flammable chemicals. This abuse must stop NOW.

Freya H (357)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 5:53 pm
Having three-year-old horses run in the Kentucky Derby is like having teenagers play in the Super Bowl or World Series. Horses should be raced only when they are fully mature!

Lydia S (155)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:05 pm
Barb , I agree 100 % with you , I hope in ends in our time .
Thanks so much for caring .

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:29 pm
i just did a little 'un-liking' on facebook today because of all the pro-racing comments.

Pat B (356)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:38 pm
I concur with all the above comments. I don't know if that racetrack will ever close, sadly. Thank you, Barb for this.

Michela M (3964)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 7:07 pm

Regina P (67)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:27 pm
Noted., Thanks

Carol H (229)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:40 pm
noted and agreed Barb!!

Veronica C (22)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:08 pm
"You got 7 out of 9 in 0:35"

Suzanne L (99)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:32 pm
Thanks for posting Barb. Personally I detest horseracing because it often involves some kind of cruelty or injury to the horses. I've also wondered why horse owners give their horses what I think are impersonal names. If I had horses I'd call them names like Jake, Barney, Maureen or Babette.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:41 pm
I agree Barb!! I have NEVER gotten into the horse racing activities and it seems it is only a high stakes "elite" type crowd that goes to them from what I have seen!! Horses can be just as beautiful if not more by just having horse shows without working the poor things to death!!! I have ALWAYS loved horses!!

Cooldeep S (1)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 12:10 am
noted ..thanks

Julia R (296)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 1:15 am
The big commercial horse races such as the Kentucky Derby need to be shut down! Racing horses is nothing but terrible exploitation of horses with many of these horses being given drugs to mask their injuries and pain, only in the end to become lame or such terrible injuries as a result of being pushed beyond their physical limits (all for human greed) that they have to be put down. The other problem, is that in the racing industries, there are many colts from these horses who if they don't race as well as their parents, are sent to premarin factories or the slaughter house! Racing horses promotes an attitude that horses are here to make money off of their exploitation and many of these horses end up being used and abused in the cruel premarin industry or tragically end up at slaughter houses! No body should be supporting the Kentucky derby or any horse racing. When will mankind ever consciously evolve to realize that animals weren't put on this Earth for our entertainment which they pay such a cost with their suffering and their sad lives! "It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else." --Maimonides (physician and philosopher)

Julia R (296)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 1:21 am
"It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else." --Maimonides (physician and philosopher)

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 1:37 am
I totally agree with you Barb,thanks for the post.

KS Goh (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 3:02 am
Thanks for the article.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 4:38 am

Lisa N (206)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 6:42 am
Amen Barb, my sentiments exactly!!! Everytime I see coverage of the race, I swith the channel. It makes me so angry to see how they glorify the utter explotation of these magnificent horses. Thanks for posting.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 6:43 am
TY for article Barb! This Kentucky event shuld be shut down!

Cutter Two Wheels (3)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 7:58 am
one of the last horses my mother and i kept was a retired pacer. his name was zeke. horse racing, just like dog racing, is no better than cock- or dog- fighting. it's cruel and inhumane and is only meant to satisfy a bunch of violent perverts with a penchant for gambling. i feel some of these ridiculous, impersonal names are a product of the tradition of commodifying horses (which has gone on for centuries). it's easy for someone to think of a horse as an object: it's big, it (usually) serves a purpose, and it lives a long time. and it was only a century ago that horses were in fact almost strictly kept for utilitarian purposes. it's about time we start shedding that cruel skin and see horses as living, feeling, beautiful creatures.

Kay M (347)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 9:01 am

Barbara K (60)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 10:52 am
Thanks, Sweetie, agree with you

Kay F (550)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 12:21 pm
Thanks for the post, Barb!

Rita De Vos (87)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 12:41 pm
Noted. Thanks for your post Barb! I also agree with you, this is animal abuse and it's cruel!!!

Patricia A (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 1:55 pm
An article from the NYT released a few weeks ago illuminated how stark the reality is for horses within the racing industry. Despite years of the industry promising improvements on safety, nothing has changed, in fact it is even worse. There is nothing noble nor entertaining about watching horses run themselves to death. These races should all be shut down.

Rin S (10)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 6:25 pm
What a random quiz haha. But still fun.

Anne K (139)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 7:04 pm
Too easy- 100% Now if the quiz had gone back 100 years in history - it would have been difficult. I am surprised that comments state the Kentucky Derby should be stopped, but don't mention all the cheap claiming races at the less prestigious tracks around the country. The cheap claimers suffer far worse than the "talented" horses, who are pampered. Only the best 3 year olds can be entered in Derby. The Kentucky Derby isn't the only horse race in the country. Racing occurs 365 days a year at tracks throughout the country. The Derby isn't the Calgary Stampede. If horse owners aren't sending their top 3 year olds to the Derby because the Derby is shut down, they'll be running them elsewhere. What about the Preakness and Belmont? Shut them down (as there is no Triple Crown without the Kentucky Derby) and only allow less prestigious races so the horses are less likely to be cared for? I would rather see the small tracks and cheap claiming races shut down. And nail polish, too. Why do people paint their nails? Are they desperate for attention? I don't know anything about nail polish names, but horses' names often come from their sire and dam (father and mother), or from something personal about their owner, such as 2012 Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another", who's owner couldn't get enough home made cookies.

Erin R (181)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 7:05 pm
Thank you, Barb!

Sandi C (98)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 7:58 pm

John B (185)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 8:00 pm
Read and noted. The hats, hype and the race itself needs to be done away with. Thanks Barbcat for the posting.

Michael Carney (217)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 8:37 pm
All Horse Racing should be banned...

Patricia H. (440)
Monday May 7, 2012, 6:19 am
thanks for this post

Ruth C (87)
Monday May 7, 2012, 8:21 am
I never like Horse Racing, when the Horses are injured and can't make anymore Money for the owners they send them to the slaughterhouse, some Horses are not even 3 years old when all of this happens!

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Monday May 7, 2012, 10:31 am
That quiz was too easy.

Valerie W (52)
Monday May 7, 2012, 11:16 am
There aren't many, if any, things more beautiful than horses, especially horses in motion, like running! They are pure beauty, living art! Running is natural for horses, however, the sport of horse-racing is not natural. A horse usually wouldn't run that hard, long, or fast, unless being chased by a predator, or otherwise running for its life. As a matter of fact, all things horses do for us, are unnatural, they are learned behaviors. I think the way things are done within the racing industry are cruel, but not all owners, breeders or trainers are bad, some actually care about their horses & their health & safety. The problem, besides greed, is the fact that they start these horses at way too young of age, it's more comparable to us racing human toddlers! If they waited until these animals were a little older, more mature & until their bodies & bones were stronger, denser & done growing, like 5 years or older, it might not be as bad. Except for the greed part, & what happens to those less perfect & not as famous. I think if they made all the right changes & provided for a future for these horses, they would be ok.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Monday May 7, 2012, 11:44 am

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday May 7, 2012, 4:18 pm
There is too much suffering in horse racing- a fractured leg is a death sentence, and a horse that doesn't win, or can no longer race will either be neglected or sent to slaughter. Please don't support horse racing (or dog racing either) and don't attend races!

Kim O (396)
Monday May 7, 2012, 11:08 pm
Thanks Barb! Interesting quiz!

Valerie W (52)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 12:20 pm
I don't like the way the horse-racing industry works, however, horse racing will never be banned, nor should any of us expect it. Men have been racing their horses since the "beginning of time", at least since our domestication of them & our subsequent relationship with these beautiful animals. It used to be for fun, as a status symbol, a show of supremacy, a show of importance or wealth. Horses have been & continue to be raced throughout the world. Ancient Egyptians & Romans raced their fastest in chariots, Mongolians race their prized & fastest steeds, the nomadic tribes of the Middle East deserts let their prized horses sleep in their tents with them. If there was a way to change the way horse racing is done, such as waiting until the horses are older to start them, shorten the expected distances for them to run, breed for & build up their bone strength & stamina, shorten their racing careers, and, more importantly, start treating them like the hard-working, important athletes that they are, &, making sure they are given another chance either in a new home & career, or be given that well deserved retiremen, not sent to slaughter. If we ban horse racing as a "sport", then we might as well ban all contact sports where athletes, human or animal, can be hurt. That includes all track & field, cross-country, skiing, football, hockey, wrestling, boxing, etc., etc. Not all horses with breaks or fractures are put down, it all depends on the severity, the horse, the owner, trainer & vet. Simple answer, stop racing 3 year olds, we don't race 3 year old human toddlers. Horses may not have the same life expectency as us, but living well into their 30's is very possible. Change is what's needed, not a ban.
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