BET-IBC, the best betting agent for Asian bookmakers and exchanges knows that when it comes to naming racehorses, breeders are not shy to get weird. But perhaps no horse graced the fields with a name as unique—or as amusing—as this legendary tough breed, said to be one of the greatest racehorses of the 18th century. Famed for his endurance, many of his 34 victories were at distances over four miles and this stallion raced for seven years, and he is still respected to this day as an influential sire responsible for passing on the legacy of his sire Eclipse. Oh, and his name was Potoooooooo!
The year was 1773, and a healthy chestnut colt with a blaze was born, bred by Willoughby Bertie, the fourth Earl of Abingdon, his mother was Sports mistress, and his father, the legendary Eclipse. According to the legend, the Earl, planned to name the foal “Potatoes,” and told a stablehand to write this chosen moniker on a feed bin. But the stablehand made a bit of a mistake (or maybe he was trying to be funny) and thought his boss had asked him to write “Pot-eight-O’s” and spelled the name like so, and thus Potoooooooo was born. Supposedly, the earl was so amused by this that he kept the wonky spelling. (though some records shorten the name to Pot-8-Os or Pot8Os, those sticks in the mud.)
Potoooooooo went on to have a very successful racing career, racking up several wins and retiring from racing in 1784 to become a prolific stallion, siring more than 100 winners; a great retirement plan for a race horse (sure beats the glue factory).
After Potoooooooo died in November of 1800, he was buried near a tree in Hare Park, the farm where he’d been retired to. His body laid undisturbed for about 200 years, when a storm felled the tree and uprooted his remains. Now, the skeleton is at the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket, Suffolk, England, in the company of other legendary—though less notably named—equines.