Behind each Kentucky Derby horse’s name

Owners often find inspiration for names from a horse’s pedigree, but some ideas come from just about anywhere.


#13 Nyquist –  Owner J. Paul Reddam, who won the Derby in 2012 with I’ll Have Another, loves the Detroit Red Wings and named this year’s Derby favorite for forward Gustav Nyquist. He’s also used Lidstrom, Hudler and Zetterberg.

#11 Exaggerator  –  Owner Matt Bryan and trainer Keith Desormeaux were discussing how a few women in their lives were prone to exaggerating.

#12 Tom’s Ready –  When Benson, who also owns Mo Tom, was asked if he was ready to spend $100,000 on a horse, he answered: “I am ready.”