Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Eight Belles: What her name means

Eight Belles's name had a horribly prophetic meaning, it turns out.

In nautical parlance, "Eight Bells" is the end of a four-hour watch. It's also a nautical euphemism for the death of a sailor: his watch is over, eternally.

How sad that her name turned out to be so prophetic. But it's also kind of creepy to give your horse — your champion — a name that means "death."

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