Wednesday, April 22, 2009


THE LATEST PIONEER. In this photo provided by Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby hopeful, the Bob Baffert-trained Pioneerof the Nile, with Joe Steiner in the saddle, works out at Churchill Downs, Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in Louisville, Ky. Pioneerof The Nile went the five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
Before you ask about the odd spelling of Pioneerof The Nile, here's the answer. A Thoroughbred's name is restricted by the registering agent, the Jocky Club (and no, not the restaurant in the Ritz Carlton in NYC), to 18 letters and spaces. Pioneer Of The Nile is 19 letters and spaces hence the "smooshing up" of Pioneerof.
Now you know.

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