AW, NUTS! NAUGHTY HORSE NAME ZAPPED BY RACING ORG: A horse by any other name…is just a penis joke:
SLATE reports on the tale of Andy Hillis, who tried to slip a naughty nellie name through the cracks (heh, heh - cracks) of the racing establishment.Hillis named his steed Nutzapper, and needed the final approval of The Jockey Club, a 100-year-old organization that decides on all things Thoroughbred. At first, the name was okayed, as Hillis explained that whe he was young, he would zap walnuts in boiling oil and sprinkle them on salads.
However, the name was soon disallowed after he admitted the whole story was a joke, and he actually got the name from a “Tonight Show” gag.
The Jockey Club has a myriad of rules and regulations when it comes (heh, heh - comes) to approving horse names. And it’s not an easy task when you receive over 60,000 applications a year.All submitted monikers must be 18 characters or less, and not contain copyrighted material, names of “notorious” people (i.e. Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson or Michael Vick), or vulgar and/or offensive references.
But some risque requests have sneaked by over the years, such as Nut Buster, Blow Me and Hardawn - and those were just in the ’30s and ’40s!
And so continues the eternal struggle between the Jockey Club and jokers who name their geldings after genitalia.