Nicking: An Analysis


Nicking, once considered a somewhat interesting theory worth no more than an occasional mention, has come to dominate Thoroughbred breeding to an extent dangerously out of proportion to whatever value it may offer.

Not long ago the owner of a stakes-winning mare retiring from the track told us he called a respected Kentucky bloodstock agent for help in deciding on a mate for her and the man said he couldn’t make a recommendation until he could find out what score the nicking experts would give the prospective foal.

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