Arcadia, CA (Dec. 31, 2015) – Sally’s sister needs a name and Santa Anita is asking fans for their help.
The 5-year-old Clydesdale filly, a half-sister to the popular ‘Sally,’ who pulls the carriage in the afternoon for racing officials, arrived at The Great Race Place from her home in Iowa just before Christmas with the name ‘Betsy.’ Santa Anita, however, doesn’t feel the name quite fits the blazed-face gentle giant.
“She’s just not a ‘Betsy’,” explained Paige Rickerd, owner of Paige’s Horse & Carriage, who owns Sally and the other carriage horses at Santa Anita. “Sally has so many fans that we are hoping one of them has the right name for her sister.”
Fans can submit names using the hashtag #sallyssister, by email to SallysSister@santaanita.com or in person at Santa Anita with one of the customer service representatives who will timestamp the entry. The fan who submits the winning name will receive lunch for four in the FrontRunner restaurant, a picture with Sally’s Sister and a Carriage Ride at Santa Anita; or a $200 gift certificate from Champions! Gifts & Apparel. In cases of multiple submissions of the same name, the winner will be the first entry received.
Entries will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, Jan. 7 and the winner will be announced Saturday, Jan. 9, which is also the day the Secretariat Vox Populi (Voice of the People) Award will be presented. The winning name will be chosen by Rickerd.
The contest is also open to employees of Santa Anita, many of whom make a daily stop by the carriage barn to visit Sally, her sister and the other carriage horses.