Meaningless Names a Bother., Daily Racing Form, 1907-03-08


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MEANINGLESS NAMES A BOTHER. The peculiar names oftentimes given to horses are ■ source of bother to other persons than those who wonder at such unwieldy or meaningless names every time they appear in an entry list or on a racing program. An English racing man gives the following experience, when trying to telegraph a commission on the steeplechaser Ill Go Nap. an abominable name to give a thoroughbred: "I wrote a telegram to back Ill So Nap and Centre Board each way." he said. "The clerk at Lie Office smiled sweetly and s.iid. Fin that "Ill Go Nap" will cost you twopence. Ton may just as well put "I "ill go nap." But dont you see. 1 explained, I must put "Ill Go Nap." She ■eemed to think that 1 wanted to be colloquial and friendly to the commission agent to whom I was telegraphing, but she put down her pencil and said with emphasis: I am afraid you dont, quite understand. You wish to abbreviate possibly, and save a word. What I wish to explain to you is that this win eost you just the same as if yon wrote clearly "I will go nap." P,u; I dont wish to put "I will go nap." 1 sild again. •• th. of course, and she shrugged bei shoulders, extremely sorry for my denaenesa, if you wont you wont. I then produced a paper and said, "Is it not belter to back a horse the way be is named than no! to 1 n If he wins.- Bui seeing a h ok of exceeding commiseration on her face I had to give it up. As she pin the change down I am quite certain il was with the thought that I was either very pecen i i- or had escaped from somewhere."

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