Just how popular is Tim Tebow? And how powerful is the “Tebowing” trend? Powerful enough to inspire a racehorse to be named after it. No joke.
The folks at Little Red Feather thoroughbred racing explained their decision to name one of its horses “Tebowing”:
We are so mesmerized by Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and the latest craze “Tebowing” that we decided to rename our Fusaichi Pegasus filly TEBOWING (the original name “Eye Pity Dafu” was denied by the Jockey Club for being phonetically similar to another horse’s name).
Tebowing is a daughter of 2000 Kentucky Derby Winner, Fusaichi Pegasus. “Fu Peg” is the sire of many big-time stakes winners like Roman Ruler, Champ Pegasus, and Australian champion Haradasun. Since 2002, Fu Peg’s progeny have earned over $52M!
“We had very good information about this filly when we bought her,” explained LRF Executive Bloodstock Agent Tom McCrocklin. “And now that I have her, she’s impressed me even more with her attitude and willingness to learn. I hope she is as good as her namesake seems to be.”
The syndication price INCLUDES all expenses through December 31, 2011. In addition, if you invest before November 30th and send us a picture of yourself Tebowing we will knock 5% off the initial share price.
5% off the initial share price if you send a picture of yourself Tebowing? I am so in.
McCrocklin also describes the filly as “long and leggy and powerful. She had a fire in her eye and a bounce to her step.”
I’m not sure if Tebow qualifies as long and leggy, but he is powerful and he has a fire in his eye. Maybe the horse has his fourth-quarter comeback spirit, and passion for the lord.
Little Red Feather founder Billy Koch tells LBS that he named the horse “Tebowing” on Monday. Koch says he’s a huge sports fan who has been following the news and Tebowing trend. Though Koch wouldn’t call himself a Tebow fan, he thinks what the quarterback has done is pretty amazing, and he thought it would be a great name for a horse.
“Our response has been polarizing,” Koch says. “A bunch of people want to go in, and a bunch of people said they would never go in on that.
“My whole goal is to get people into horse racing. If naming the horse Tebowing gets people into racing, it’s worth it.”
For anyone who thought Tim Tebow was popular before this, you were wrong. You haven’t officially arrived until you’ve had a horse named after you. And as far as we know, there’s only one other athlete who can claim that, and he’s also an emerging young player.
Unfamiliar with Tebowing? Read this.
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