A word of explanation as to why I have chosen to call this website Boojum’s Bonanza.
Everyone knows the story of Alice in Wonderland. Some people have even read the book. More people have seen one movie version or another of the story. Some people might even be able to recall that the author of the book was Lewis Carroll.
What most people don’t know is that Lewis Carroll was a pen name. The author’s real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He was mathematician by trade as well as a poet and a novelist. His most famous poem is “The Hunting of the Snark.” If you read that poem, at its very end you encounter a character by the name of Boojum. Boojum is the nickname I have chosen for myself, for reasons which might become apparent if you read “The Hunting of the Snark.”
“Bonanza” has nothing to do with the Ponderosa or Hoss or Little Joe or Hop Sing or any of the other characters from the old television series. The primary definition of “bonanza” is “a rich mass of ore, as found in mining.” I decided that was appropriate because I think of what I do as mining. I spend a lot of time among data bases, mining data one nugget at a time, and then crunching the numbers and interpreting them. That is the purpose of this website, to place before the public the results of my assorted ventures into data mining different aspects of Thoroughbred pedigrees.
You may have seen some of my work before. Chapter 9 in Racehorse Breeding Theories is mine. I concluded that chapter with some verses, the last one of which ran:
“Names in pedigrees are like alphabet soup
There’s a reason for calling this ‘genetic goop’
If you insist on hunting that elusive SNARK
Beware of BOOJUM before you even embark.”
I hope you enjoy this website.