Numerical Nicks represent unique sets of family number formations that unveils a Cinderella approach in breeding great racehorses. When pedigrees of champions and excellent racehorses from around the globe are compiled to test and identify common themes, the result proved greatness in form of speed involves more than just a sire to a broodmare-sire match. While the idea of Bruce Lowe’s female classification family lines are incongruous in modern racing or breeding, they offer valuable precedent in creating new figures. These new figures include sub-branches with symbolic reference points. Family number 1 of today no longer contains the same essence as its championship descendants from yesteryears. In North and South America, family number 1 is no longer number one. The Jockey Club which housed all of North America’s racehorse pedigree data, rightfully does not categorize nor recognize female family numbers. That trend is mostly upheld in major racing jurisdictions of Europe and Asia.
Newer versions of family figures have been created or added with assistance of computer algorithms using the same ideas proposed by Bruce Lowe over 130 years ago. Instead of Great Britain’s classic races, one set of family numbers represents a sequential ranking order based on results of American Classic races and another set of family figures from Australian signature races. The results are remarkable as they help to illustrate how and why champions come from unfashionable bloodlines although seemingly short on pedigree, somehow rise to stardom.
The completed work is coined Numerical Nicks and used extensively
- (1) to compare and contrast quality in pedigrees from around the globe
- (2) to analyze and compare pedigree steep in substance or weak in class
- (3) to determine and color code the quality of various traits inherited
- (4) assist with sire and broodmare analysis
- (5) create pedigree formations that are vital to certain races and worthy of notice
- (6) create pedigree formations that are abject failures and should be avoided