Respect For All, formerly named Grape Soda, entered Sunday at Aqueduct

Respect For All, formerly named Grape Soda, entered Sunday at Aqueduct
Photo: Sue Kawczynski/Eclipse Sportswire

Respect For All, claimed out of a debut win last Friday at Aqueduct while carrying the name Grape Soda, is entered in Sunday’s third race at Aqueduct.


The 3-year-old gelding’s name was switched to Respect For All after his unveiling when social media posts from former trainer Eric Guillot revealed the name Grape Soda was “to honor” an on-air host at TVG while adding a black fist emoji. The Jockey Club ruled Grape Soda -- a term that can have racial connotations -- was “potentially offensive” and ordered it be changed.

As the son of Uncle Mo was claimed out of the race, new owner Larry Roman immediately changed the name to Respect For All while also pledging 10% of the horse’s future earnings to aid backstretch workers in New York. On Sunday, Respect For All will run for a $50,000 tag in a one-mile starter/optional claiming event for trainer Rob Atras.

As for Guillot, he was banned in multiple jurisdictions from entering horses as a result of the incident, including the New York Racing Association and all tracks owned by The Stronach Group. The native of Louisiana has announced he is retired from training.

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