Yesterday, I posted a link to a new piano piece, Fleetabelle, named after my Aunt Fleetabelle, who died in 1983. Her maiden name was Jones. David Sosnoski discovered that Fleetabelle was also the name of a significant throroughbred race horse. I searched, and found the pedigree and the dates would indicate that the horse may have been named after my Aunt, whose family had some connection with horse racing. There is no one left in my family to ask, and I don't know how to continue searching. Any horse racing fans here who can advise on how to find the origin of names of famous horses?
Sorry Richard, not up on racehorse data, but found this cool site that shows pedigree. Fleetabelle is on the lower left. You can see the family tree or go the other way to see what horses were bred by her. http://www.pedigreequery.com/mary+helen
You would think there would be some Thoroughbred organization with more info of each horses history, owners, breeders and other stuff about the horse, but i wasn't able to find any.
I'm not exactly sure how to read the data given on the website or how thoroughbred naming works, but if the dates refer to birthdates, looks like a connection.
That is indeed my Aunt Fleetabelle. I got mixed up on birthdate. I knew that my Uncle Russell was a few years older than my dad, and thus presumed that Fleetabelle would have been younger than my mother, but such was not the case.
I sent an email to a pedigree site asking for information on horse naming. The horse was born in 1936, so my aunt came first.
Well, this gets more interesting, but no answers yet. There were two race horses named Fleetabelle, one male, and one female! One was a quarter horse, the other a thoroughbred. One was born 1912, same year as my Aunt Fleetabelle. The other was born in 1936. Regarding the source of the name, no clue yet. I sure would appreciate a clue about where to search.