In the old days many of the great ones had one word names – very powerful. There were the Triple Crown winners Assault, Citation and Whirlaway for starters.
And more great ones like Eclipse, Hyperion, Doncaster, Lexington, and Nearco.
Back when it all began the stallions had names, but the mares didn’t. Joe Smith’s mare was known as Joe Smith Mare or Joe Smith Mare A.
Then they got the wise idea to start naming all Thoroughbreds. They quickly ran through all of the short, easy to remember names like Orphan, Shy, Romance, Buzzard, Crab, Fish, Flea, Fox, Serpent, Shark, Slug (hey, you can’t make this stuff up), Snail (even worse!), Snake, Spider, Vixen, Gimcrack, Nettle, Camel, Alarm and Whalebone to name a few.
You still see some good one including two top geldings from the sixties and seventies Kelso and Forego, and, of course, Cigar more recently.