How These Horses Got Their Names

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In Irish legend, dullahans were a kind of Celtic Grim Reaper, roaming the countryside on black horses, holding their heads under their left arms while brandishing swords made from human spines. When they came to your door, your time was up.

"But the exciting part about the legend is that when they rode, neither lock nor gate could keep them from their goal," said Jerry Crawford of Donegal Racing, which owns Derby entry Dullahan. "We think the legend speaks of a good trip for Kent Desormeaux, and Dullahan on their trip to the finish line."

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