What's In a Name? Odysseus

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Odysseus | Benoit

Editor's note: What's in a name is a new feature where we give a shout-out to owners and trainers whose cleverness might have gone right over our heads the first time…

by Andrea Branchini

ODYSSEUS, (c, 4, Candy Ride {Arg}–Charm the Giant {Ire} {GSW, $336,309}, by Giant's Causeway. Santa Anita, $56,500, Msw, 1-17, 4/up, 5 1/2fT, 1:03.49, gd. O-Cheyenne Stables LLC, Perry R Bass II & Ramona S Bass; B-Ron & Deborah McAnally (KY); T-Richard E Mandella.

“Charming the giant” is exactly what the hero of the Odyssey did with the Cyclops Polyphemus when trapped in the cave of the man-eating monster and managing to escape. “I wore all kinds of wiles and cunning schemes/danger was near and it was life or death.” –The Odyssey, Book 9.

Honorable Mention: A FREUD OF MAMA (Freud-Mama Theresa, by Carson City). FRANKLIN SQUARE S., $104,250, Aqueduct, 1-18, (S), 3yo, f, 6 1/2f, 1:19.15, ft.

Italian-born Andrea Branchini lives in Lexington, KY and works in the horse transport industry.

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