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What would you name a Syracuse-themed Kentucky Derby horse?

It’s the 144th Kentucky Derby, so of course we’re talking about this.

Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby-Workouts Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The (144th!) Kentucky Derby is this weekend, and among the many aspects of the event I find interesting is the naming of race horses.

Naming a race horse is no easy task, but one that’s mostly just bogged down with bureaucracy. Some of this year’s top names include: Firenze Fire, Promises Fulfilled, My Boy Jack, Enticed, Bravazo and Blended Citizen.

None of us at TNIAAM are independently wealthy enough (that I know of) to own or name a race horse. But if we could, what would we name it?

Below are some of our top picks for Syracuse Orange-themed horse names, grouped by category. Share your own Orange-related names below.


  • All Hay Never Barn
  • Bologna and Gatorade
  • OrangeIsTheNewFast
  • Pinstripe Prince
  • Snowball Catch Fire
  • Whose House


  • CalGetsRightBackInThis
  • First Round (Nose) Pick
  • Florida Gulf Coasting
  • Humble and Hungry
  • Know Your Business
  • Malachi 3 Goggles
  • The Block
  • Your Mother’s a Hoya


  • Chipotle Curse
  • Disloyal Idiot
  • Go Foodlion Yourself
  • Honor Your Contract

Overall SU Traditions

  • A Horse Named Otto
  • Dome Foam
  • Dome Ranger
  • Elmira Express
  • Orange Forty-Four