Most pro team nicknames make sense at some level. But there are a fair number of head-scratching nicknames. Here are 20 with explanations on their selection:
Despite being the heavy favorite, California Chrome finished fourth; Tonalist, 11-1 going into the race, took the 146th Annual Belmont Stakes.
Belmont Stakes 2014: California Chrome could become the 12th Triple Crown champion with a win in the Belmont Stakes early Saturday evening in New York. Can California Chrome make history?
California Chrome would be worth millions of dollars as a stallion if he becomes the first horse in 36 years to complete the elusive Triple Crown, but his connections want him to stay in the sport.
The horse came in with only one win in seven starts and had 13-1 odds.
Belmont Stakes: In the wake of tropical storm Andrea, the track will be wet. Does that favor Orb, Oxbow, or one of the other 12 horses racing Saturday on Long Island, N.Y., for the final Triple Crown race for this year.
7 more horses test positive for steroids, including the 2012 St Leger winner Encke. Mahmood Al Zarooni was banned from horse racing after 11 horses in his stable tested positive for steroids.
Eight other horses will try to take down Kentucky Derby winner Orb Saturday at the Preakness in Maryland.
After winning the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, trainer Todd Pletcher could be the first to win the Oaks-Derby double since 1952, if one of his five horses wins the Kentucky Derby Saturday.
A number of three-year-old horses entered in this year's Kentucky Derby will have an opportunity Saturday to capture the garland of roses given to the winner.