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We Are Flying Solo

December 30, 2021

A New Name For A New Life

Snuggleupagus in action
Mouse's registered Jockey Club name (Stephanopoulos) is rather unwieldy & a bit odd, so I've been pondering a fitting new title for him as he steps out into his second career.  Although, I did derive another fitting nickname from it, as I call him my Snuggleupagus.  I don't have too many name rules, other than I don't generally like giving human names to animals & I try to pick something that most people can pronounce without butchering.  

For Mouse, I also wanted to incorporate a tribute to his grandsire, the marvelous AP Indy, who passed away at the ripe age of 31 on my birthday last year (I, alas, passed 31 a looong time ago).  AP Indy has been in the pedigree of all three TB's I have owned & I will always view him as a positive on any set of papers.  

After a lengthy period of shuffling the letters A & P around & hunting for the right vibe, I finally arrived at a winner.  Mouse is now enrolled in the JC's Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) as A Point Beyond.  I can only hope that we'll get to hear it announced somewhere, someday.

As a side note, I was pleasantly stunned to see how the popularity of the TIP has soared:  I signed up Encore at the very beginning of that program & his number was something like 228.  When I registered Mouse a couple weeks ago, his number is well over 34,000!  I'm so glad people have re-discovered how wonderful these horses can be!


  1. Nifty new horse name! I like it. That is also good news about the TIP program- interesting to see the increase in numbers you mention. I don't have a OTTB, but I admire them, and all the interest in giving them second careers is exciting to see.

    1. Yes, I'm so glad it's been a successful program -- I love that they even give prizes for trail riding!

  2. I'm so happy to see how TIP has grown, I also signed up Carlos back when it was first around but I lost him too soon afterwards. I love your show mane for mouse, a nod to a great horse.

  3. I have always been a bit funny about JC names. I felt for a long time that unless they were *really stupid* it was worth keeping them, as an homage to the ottb's history. My views have softened over time and I completely, COMPLETELY support this name change. Especially to such a great name!

  4. I don't know how to comment on Instagram - but I am so sorry to hear about Mouse. It's heartbreaking. Peace to you.