What's in a name?
Even a horse's name.
Or even an imaginary horse's name.
We got some great answers to that question in the past week during the revival of our pre-Kentucky Derby contest of naming a great Derby winner. To my delight, about 300 of you provided more than 500 names. Delightful, even though it made choosing winners an impossible task. No doubt I have left out many that someone else would have applauded, so my standing O (and I don't stand long for anything) to every person who submitted an entry.
(And a special thanks to the ladies who were just about 50-50 with the guys. Great to know so many of you are finding the Seats on Page 2 of a sports section.)
Before we get to my arbitrary Top 10, a special recognition to the numerous patriotic entries. They clearly were inspired by the bravery we all saw in the week after the Boston Marathon bombing. Here are my choices for the best in that outstanding category:
"Desirable Duty," Bob R., Tavares; "Marathon Runner," Sara B., Orlando; "Mighty Marathon," Nancy L., Maitland; "America Undaunted," Terry B., Oviedo; "NoBostonDreamsDie," Linda B., Orlando; "Run Boston Strong," Carroll D., Orlando; "HeTriedToSlipAway," Mickey F., Casselberry; "HailBoston'sFinest," John D., Orlando; "Terror Terminated," Rick H., Winter Springs; and "Let Freedom Run," Mike R., DeLand.
And now, it is time for our winners to claim their fame and glory:
2013 Top 10 Imaginary Kentucky Derby winners
•10. NoMagicInOrlando — Ken B., Mount Dora. (More entries about the Magic than any other topic, so they have that going for them.)
•9. Rex Ryan's Snack — Lisa H., Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. (Lisa runs away with our "Most Exotic Locale" award.)
•8. Lance Walker — Anne B., Orlando. (Love the subtlety of this name, which really sounds like a racehorse.)
•7. Caddyshank — Steve S., Orlando. (Steve says he's dedicating this name, and a rules book, to Tiger's caddie.)
•6. BianchialInfection — Kenny S., Winter Springs. (Kenny said he was joking, but I loved it.)
•5. Go Daddy Danica — Doug P., Orlando. (Doug knows me, so he knew this would work.)
•4. Magic Menagerie — Rich H., Winter Springs. (Another name that truly seems meant for the track.)
•3. Surgical Lightning — Gabrielle F., Sanford. (I would bet on this horse, no questions asked.)
•2. Summerall Wind — Joel A., Orlando (A lyrical way to salute a legend.)
•1. HookedOnDeerAntler — Jerry L., Mount Plymouth. (Kick me, but it made me laugh.)
And a special thank you to Chuck H. of Leesburg for suggesting "Bacon for Breakfast," proving he reads all of the Seats.