Seemed to have been a number of racehorses named after the Ukulele in the 1920s, some for good — some for not so good — reasons.
The New Zealand Truth reported in April 1929 that some funny business had been going on at the local trotting meet (that’s a horserace where the jockey sits in a little cart which the horse pulls along).
Apparently a new comer, Ukulele Lady, did very well at its first race in NZ — surprisingly well, in fact, until it was discovered that ‘Ukulele Lady’ used to be called ‘Pandora’ in Victoria, Australia, where it had quite a good reputation (3.34 over 1.5 miles and 4.45 for 2 miles). Somebody just forgot to mention these facts of history and nomenclature to the handicapper. Things do slip one’s mind from time to time.
Another trotter, Ukelele Lady (we assume it was a different horse), in November 1929, was also doing very well, running the first mile in 2.2o, but was finally beaten by the proverbial nose.