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Tuesday, December 28, 2010Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326
February 1 is Deadline to Name Foals
of 2009; Released Names Published

The Jockey Club reminds owners and breeders that a valid attempt to name foals of 2009 must be made by Feb. 1, 2011, to avoid a $75 late fee. As an aid in selecting a desired name, The Jockey Club once again has published a list of 40,646 names released from active use on Dec. 21. The list is available on both the Registry’s website and mobile platform.

A majority of the released names are those of horses that will be over 10 years old on Jan. 1 and that have not raced or been bred during the preceding five years. Names selected from the list for re-use are still subject to approval by The Jockey Club prior to use, pursuant to Rule 6 of the Principal Rules and Requirements of The American Stud Book.

“Between our traditional and mobile websites, it’s never been easier to review the list of recently released names or to access the Online Names Book to check the potential availability of a name selection,” said Matt Iuliano, The Jockey Club’s executive vice president and executive director. “We encourage all owners and breeders to take advantage of these resources when deciding on names for their Thoroughbreds.”

Both the list of recently released names and the Online Names Book are updated daily as names are claimed and are accessible through the Registry’s homepage at and Registry mobile at

Interactive RegistrationTM (IR) is the most efficient means to submit name applications to the Registry. Name applications submitted through IR are preliminarily screened to eliminate direct matches with names unavailable for use. Owners who name their Thoroughbreds through IR receive their first choice approximately 75 percent of the time. More than 1 million IR transactions have been recorded since its launch in 1996.

Owners who prefer to submit their name applications by mail should do so before Feb. 1, 2011, to The Jockey Club, 821 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503-2794.

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms, among others. Additional information is available at