He was one of the greatest racehorses of the 18th Century and was known for his endurance ability over four miles (thatâ€™s around 6.5 km!). But his stellar racing career (34 wins) was not the only thing this stallion was known for. It was his name, â€˜Potatoesâ€™ that got people talking. But how did he become â€˜Potooooooooâ€™?
The story goes that when he was only a young colt he was named â€˜Potatoesâ€™ by Willoughby Bertie , the fourth Earl of Abingdon in 1773. One of the stable lads at the time misunderstood his name as â€˜Potooooooooâ€™ (pot with eight oâ€™s). So his feed bin sported this name and the boys had a good laugh at it, even the Earl of Abingdon found it amusing. From that day on the name stuck and the stallion even ran races under this name for a while until it was finally shortened to â€˜Pot8osâ€™.
This is no hoax globetrotters, I promise you that! This horse was real. His bloodline can be found in horses such as Medoc from 1829. Thus one of the worldâ€™s greatest incidents of wordplay came to be!
Have you come across some bizarre, strange or downright hilarious horse names in your time? I would love to hear them, please feel free to comment below.
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