Well I never been to Spain. The colt campaigned by Cubanacan Stables towards a Run for the Roses has his name derived from Galicia, an autonomous community of Spain comprised of four provinces on the Iberian Peninsula. The natives are known as Gallego, from where the principal owners trace their family history. From one generation to the next, wave after wave, the tired, poor, and huddled masses yearning to breathe free have chased the American Dream to the shores of this great melting pot.
Now I don’t speak Spanish, in fact my first language is equine. In America, the language of the land is English, or actually the Americanized version of that British tongue. Many languages have contributed to the American lexicon. With that in mind, it has been quite natural to modify names to the standard of the land. As ‘ll’ in Spanish is pronounced similarly to ‘y’ in American English, Cubanacan Stables dubbed their charge Gayego (gah-ye-gaw). Spell it anyway you like, if the son of Gilded Time out of the Lost Code mare Devils Lake should out-run his pedigree he might just catch an American Dream. With apologies to Hoyt Axton, What does it matter?