Obviously its not a total science and even the poorest crosses will produce multiple winners over time. Still, I've been wondering about it. Nicks always come up when considering potential mates and it's clearly an indicator of something. Everyone loves A, A+, and A++ nicks - but does anyone know of specific horses who have "outrun" much lower nicks?
The site says this:
Almost half of Thoroughbreds in general–44%–are on the low end of the scale (rated “C” through “F”), yet only two in 25 stakes winners (8%) have these lower ratings.
I'm curious about that 8%, and if in there are any of real note - multiple stakes winners or anything similar.
Not sure if one can check this after-the-fact...I don't know 100% how nicks work, but I assume once horses start excelling, their cross grade goes up. But I figured some here might have the knowledge stored away somewhere! Sorry if this comes out like a totally ridiculous question, though.