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What’s in a name – Aristides?

A note here about the name of the first Kentucky Derby winner:

Aristides (pronounced ari-STIDE-ees) was named by owner Hal Price McGrath for Aristides Welch, the owner of Aristides’s sire Leamington.

It’s an unusual name for a horse – or a person – but has a neat spot in history. It comes from the ancient Greek soldier and writer Aristides, who fought at the battle of Marathon, 490 B.C. That’s the battle that saved Greece, and, of course, the origin of the name marathon for the Olympic 26 mile foot race. Aristides fought in that battle.

Later, Aristides was ostracized as a rival of Themistocles, which is kind of like being politically and socially snubbed. But Aristides stuck loyally with Athens and in 480 B.C. became a hero of the battle at Salamis – fighting in alone against the enemy at one point to turn the tide of battle.

Aristides. A fine name for a noble thoroughbred.