BALTIMORE | Shackleford was the star of the show Saturday evening as the winner of the Preakness, which naturally led to the question of where the horse’s name come from.
Co-owner Bill Cubbedge at first joked that he was named after infamous college basketball point-shaver Charles Shackleford but then gave the real answer.
“[Fellow owner Mike Lauffer] and I spend a lot of time on an island in North Carolina called Shackleford Island,” he said, “and they have wild horses there.
“It’s a good story,” he said, chuckling.
Cubbedge is referring to Shackleford Banks, off the coast of North Carolina, where feral horses live. But this horse is far from that – he’s now a champion.