Your Life Summed Up in a Race Horse’s Name

Caballo Press of Ann Arbor announces plans to publish a unique book that asks horsey folks to sum up their lives in a race horse’s name.

Ann Arbor, MI, September 23, 2009 --( “MommyMommyMommy”; “Ima Gorgeous Klutz”; “OhMyGodSeven!” – from the mouths of horsey lovers come the story of their lives summed up in a name they’d give themselves if they were a race horse.

The idea is the brainchild of Caballo Press of Ann Arbor, an independent publisher that until recently was described as a “one horse barn” because the company only had one book in print, an award-winning biography of famed race caller Joe Hernandez. The publisher is asking horsey folks to reflect on their lives and then contribute a race horse name that sums up their lives.

One mother contributed the name “MommyMommyMommy,” because, as she jokingly explained, “It seems appropriate for me right now, as I'm sick of hearing my son say that every ten seconds for the past three years of his six-year-old life!"

“Ima Gorgeous Klutz” was submitted by a wife who said that this was the first thing that popped into her husband’s head, “I’m always running into things,” she confessed, “and coming up with random bruises.”

Even Caballo Press’ publisher Rudolph Alvarado, the author of Hernandez’ biography, has taken a turn at capturing his life in a race horse’s name. “My name,” Alvarado shared enthusiastically, “that’s easy, ‘OhMyGodSeven!’ because that’s what most people say when I tell them how many children I have!”

Rules for the naming of thoroughbreds are fairly strict. Names cannot be more than eighteen characters, including spaces and punctuation. A race horse cannot be named after a person unless written permission has been given by the person to use the name. Names cannot consist entirely of numbers or initials such as, C.O.D., or S.O.B. Moreover, names should not raise eyebrows, although names like, Jail Bait (1947 and 1983), Barely Legal (1982 and 1989), and Date More Minors (1998) managed to slip by the governing body charged with approving race horse names.

In order to assist with creativity, Caballo Press will not adhere to these rules, although, obscene and questionable names will not be allowed. In regards to the project, Alvarado stated, “We’re asking horse lovers to stop and reflect on their lives. We want them to think of a race horse name that captures their personality, their likes, dislikes, or their hopes, dreams, or desires.”

The book is titled Horsenameographies: The Life Stories of Race Horse Lovers Everywhere. It will be available in the coming year. Since early to mid-September over two hundred names have been submitted. Ten percent of the profit generated from the book will be donated to ReRun, Inc. and Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, two non-profit agencies dedicated to the betterment of horses. To learn more about this title and to submit your race horse name go to

Caballo Press of Ann Arbor
Yvette Robertson