Hoof Hearted

I received this email from "Doctor Psi":

I remember a British horse race in which one of the entrants was named 'Hoof Hearted'. This horse was obviously named so as to cause the maximum amount of amusement when listening to the commentary! Anyway, I was looking for a picture of said horse to show a friend, and found the following website:


It looks genuine, but I can't believe that these guys haven't stopped to think just how their business name sounds when spoken at a slightly quicker tempo than usual!

It took me a few seconds to get the double meaning, but I eventually got it. I'm guessing it never occurred to HoofHearted Outfitters.

Animals Pranks

Posted on Thu Aug 25, 2005


i dont get it...
Posted by That Guy  on  Fri Aug 26, 2005  at  11:48 AM
there is a tradition of this in British and Irish horse racing.

"Norfolk and Good" was one that didn't get through.
Posted by Peter  on  Fri Aug 26, 2005  at  12:52 PM
Hoof Hearted was a valid Kentucky Derby entrant. I think it was this year, but possibly last year. Can't find out because the at-work network won't let me at those URLs.

I was going to say "who couldn't get it?" but the poor previous commenter proves there are some out there who really don't!
Posted by Tom  on  Fri Aug 26, 2005  at  12:58 PM
haha it took me a LONG time to get that one. its kind of like the armband i have, it says "i have a heart on."
Posted by RAMONESxMANIA  on  Fri Aug 26, 2005  at  03:13 PM
dammit, now i get it; the one moment im not thinking i understand it. So all of you can go to hell.
Posted by That Guy  on  Fri Aug 26, 2005  at  07:11 PM
The "Norfolk and Good" is supposed to be pronounced "Nuffuckengood" ("no fucking good" for the idiots who cant comprehend it)

Here's the link:

Posted by That Guy  on  Sat Aug 27, 2005  at  12:10 AM
I must pronounce 'hoof' differently, because no matter how fast I say it, it isn't mistakable for... yeah. Because of this, it took me forever to 'get' it, and when I did I exclaimed "THAT DOESN'T WORK!"
Posted by Katra  on  Sat Aug 27, 2005  at  08:11 AM
yeah if you pronounce it hUUf it takes longer to understand it than when you say it hOOF.
Posted by RAMONESxMANIA  on  Sat Aug 27, 2005  at  08:20 AM
Near my house there's a beauty salon called "New Directions" which sounds fine, until you hear it said quickly. I guess it never occured to the owner that the name would sound like "Nude Erections" until it was too late to change it.
Posted by Gretel Shuvzwichinstov  on  Sat Aug 27, 2005  at  10:18 AM
Well, I pronounced it in the intended way and it took me a while to get it.

And I regularly annoy Moe's bar.
Posted by Chadds Ford Prefect  on  Sat Aug 27, 2005  at  02:34 PM
This reminds me of other British horses - there was one called "Mentalasanything" (there's no hidden joke in that one), and the same owner had another one later called "Hesfinmentaltoo".

Plus "Noble locks" - presumably a female horse. Though that might not mean anything to Americans; I'm not sure.
Posted by Neil  on  Sat Aug 27, 2005  at  08:17 PM
Yes you would be correct about Americans not getting it, but I'm special. I know what it is lol, thats cute 😛
Posted by jackie  on  Sun Aug 28, 2005  at  12:15 AM
I got Hoof Hearted and Norfolk and Good. I don't get what's not to get. Regardless of how you pronounce it - it's a little unmistakable.

Anywho - I don't follow horses. Too messy.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun Aug 28, 2005  at  05:04 AM
I don't think someone would pick an obscure horse's name as a shop title - I think it is most definitely because they realised the in joke and enjoy have a distinctive name. Much like my easy to remember local fish and chip shop - A Salt and Battery.
Posted by Tim  on  Sun Aug 28, 2005  at  08:09 PM
Grown ups are behind this?
Posted by Jorge  on  Mon Aug 29, 2005  at  04:32 AM
Hoof Hearted? Maygan from Tampa.
Posted by booch  on  Mon Aug 29, 2005  at  09:46 AM
What is Noble Locks?
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Mon Aug 29, 2005  at  04:13 PM
thanks for the very funny site. Been chuckling for a long time about that horse name! Told the story to the Irish-born man who works at the local school crossing (he holds a stop sign to make sure drivers don't run over any of the kids)... he knew of another horse, which would have been running just behind Hoof Hearted, by the name of Ice Melted. I wish I could have heard the race called, don't you? People with English as their second language should not feel bad if they don't get all the jokes: it takes more than a lifetime of learning to know ALL the words and ALL the slang. NOONE could do it. Noble Locks refers to No Bollocks, bollocks being british slang for testicles.
Posted by AlexOv  on  Tue Aug 30, 2005  at  12:20 AM
Can you tell me what is the joke? I don
Posted by Arturo  on  Tue Aug 30, 2005  at  01:01 PM
Hoof Harteded = who farted
Posted by Peter  on  Tue Aug 30, 2005  at  01:23 PM
Of course!

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Posted by Blondin  on  Wed Aug 31, 2005  at  09:50 AM
I may be the last to post on this topic. I just googled the by-now world famous name and found that online at least, there is no horse registered by this name but there is an American horse called "Finally Hoof hearted". It was reported as racing in 2005 according to http://www.drf.com, the website for Daily Racing Form, a site that does not appear to be satirical or humorous in any way. Check it out for yourselves. I think it proves that it is not a hoax, although it is funny, for a childlike mind like mine!
Posted by AlexOv  on  Sun Sep 04, 2005  at  04:07 AM
Moe's bar?
Posted by baloo  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  05:09 PM
moe's bar??
Posted by baloo  on  Fri Sep 09, 2005  at  05:10 PM
Yeah, Moe's bar - where Hugh Jass hangs out.
Posted by Blondin  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  11:49 AM
Very TRUE Horse name, look here!!!
Posted by Louisvillian  on  Thu Oct 27, 2005  at  08:47 AM
There was a racehorse named "Cunning Stunt" that ran at Aqueduct in the 1960s. Same idea.
Posted by Yogi  on  Sat Nov 12, 2005  at  09:48 PM
"Cunning Stunt" reminds me of that joke:
Q:What is the difference between a circus and the Rockettes?
A: A circus is a cunning array of stunts.....
Posted by nerdsanctuary  on  Sat Mar 31, 2007  at  12:05 PM
I once started a horse named "To Buck'en Bad". He was a big palomino with tall white socks. Later I learned that the breeder was hoping for a pinto... and hence the name. FYI there is video of "Hoof Hearted" racing on you tube. Its really funny to hear the announcer hollering "WHO FARTED!" over and over.
Posted by SunFire  on  Thu Sep 06, 2007  at  08:42 PM
That is one Hillarious UTube Video. I typed in a search for the name HoofHearted cause I was playing poker with a person with that Nickname. I was amused at the Double meaning !!! All of the second meaning names are too funny . I dont know if they are Intensional nor do I care. And by the way. New Direction & A-Salt & Battery.. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Posted by ShelleBee  on  Sun Sep 09, 2007  at  01:22 PM
I have been cursed with the name Ian Paul Freely. When I was in the military my name tag read "I. P. Freely".
Posted by Mr. Freely  on  Thu Sep 20, 2007  at  04:30 PM
I'm glad someone raised this. When I was a kid I remember my grandmother pointing that Horse name out to me in her newspaper.

This must have been when I was old enough to rememeber and realise the significance. But I don't think I was much more than 6 years old at the time so it must have been in the early 1960s.

I use Hoof Hearted as a nom-de-plume in various web sites
Posted by Dean Shepherd  on  Tue Dec 18, 2007  at  06:39 AM
Well, I actually heard about Hoof Hearted on TV (I think it was ESPN
Posted by KFed  on  Wed Jan 09, 2008  at  09:36 PM
Whoever it was who first thought of Hoof Hearted must have been a cunning linguist!
Posted by Dean Shepherd  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  04:33 PM
Does anyone remember the late Kenny Everett and the character he played called Cupid Stunt?
Posted by Dean Shepherd  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  04:36 PM
Kinda lingers doesn't it?
Posted by M T Mabowels  on  Fri Jan 11, 2008  at  04:39 PM
Posted by Jimmy  on  Mon Feb 11, 2008  at  08:34 AM
that's pretty funny,
Posted by male sexual health  on  Sun Mar 16, 2008  at  09:04 PM
Just to share - there was also a horse named 'from behind' for precisly the same reason - confusion!!
Posted by getitornot  on  Mon May 19, 2008  at  07:31 AM
I met someone once who signed a cheque using the name C A Jones.

I laughed my arse off. So did he when I explained that the word "cajones" is the Spanish (I think) word for bollocks. At least I think it is. The film 'Buddy Buddy' with Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau had a bit of a dialogue about this.
Posted by Dean Shepherd  on  Fri Jul 18, 2008  at  12:47 PM
Yes. I remember that film. Matthau was a contract killer. Lemon was a suicidal, obsessive, hypochondriac, TV Producer going through divorce.

Matthau had to stop him publicly immolating himself because he was attracting attention to his 'sniping position'. And it went on from there. Bloody excellent film! Thanks for reminding me.

And the reference to Cahonies (I didn't know it was spelled as cajones) I do recall. Very funny indeed.
Posted by Family Shepherd  on  Fri Jul 18, 2008  at  02:08 PM
My dad has several vinyl albums of Bloopers, most of which are from radio before the era of television. I've started listening to those records when I was four and that helped build my sense of humor. Anyway, one of the albums has the Hoof Hearted horse race. It's extremely funny. There was another horse race where a fillie named Harass was scheduled to run but was pulled at the last minute. The announcer reminded everyone to "scratch Harass".
Posted by Lisa N TX  on  Sun Nov 15, 2009  at  01:25 AM
iced ink habbit
Posted by four cough yak hunt  on  Sat May 08, 2010  at  05:30 PM
Chaps. Try going to a WI meeting and dropping the words 'I like Kinda Lingers' every now and then. You'll be very popular with the ladies.
Posted by M T Mabowels  on  Tue May 11, 2010  at  02:47 PM
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