It's okay Smarty, go to a party

I don't claim to be a die hard horse racing fan. When I was young, a friend of my parents took me to the track one day while I was supposed to be in school. I don't even remember his name, but I like to think of him as the black sheep uncle I never had. He had me place his bets for him. I found it horribly dull, all that sitting around for races that lasted just a few minutes.
Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit changed a lot of that for me, increasing my appreciation for the story behind the races, the context and art of the sport, from the spotting and training of the horses to the sacrifices of the jockeys.
And two other things I've always liked about horse racing. One is the names of the horses. How did everyone in that sport get together and agree that all horses should have catchy names? Two is the pace of the race. At about two minutes long, horse races are both feverish yet deliberate, giving you just enough time to see and appreciate winning moves but not enough time for the action to lag. It's enough time for fortune's to rise and fall and rise again, or vice versa.
One could see Birdstone's move begin with just over a quarter mile to go. Smarty Jones had captured the 1 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby and the 1 3/16 mile Preakness, but the Belmont was a quarter mile too long for the acclaimed miler. Like a lone breakaway cyclist caught by the peloton in the home stretch, Smarty went out too hard, too fast, and Birdstone waited for just the right moment to kick.
One other fabulous thing about the race today: Birdstone owner Marylou Whitney. She couldn't be more amusing if someone had invented her as a caricature of horse racing socialites, with her yellow designer bonnet to match her yellow suit and her snooty voice. I wish I had a clip of it to play here.
Off the top of my head, entities with cool and memorable names:
  • Horses (Alydar, War Admiral, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Man O'War, Northern Dancer, Seattle Slew, Ruffian, Personal Ensign, Smarty Jones)

  • Nightclubs in Asia (World of Suzie Wong, Solutions, NASA, Velvet Room, Propaganda, Freezer, Sanwei Bookstore, Ned Kelly's Last Stand, Westworld)

  • Famous photographers (William Klein, Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Weegee, Edward Weston) and high end cameras (Hasselblad, Leica, Rollei, Mamiya, Linhof, Tachihara)

  • Fragrances or parfums (Coco, No. 5, Cool Water, Opium, White Tea, 212 White, Cashmere Mist,