name (of a Thoroughbred)

Names of North American Thoroughbreds are registered by The Jockey Club. They can be no longer than 18 characters, including punctuation and spaces. The words “the,” “and,” “by,” “for,” “in” and “a” are almost always lower case unless they are the first word in the name. Examples “Love You by Heart,” “Go for Wand” and “Strike the Gold.”

near side

Left side of a horse. Side on which a horse is mounted.

neck

Unit of measurement. About the length of a horse’s neck; a little less than a quarter of a length.

nod

Lowering of head. To win by a nod, a horse extends its head with its nose touching the finish line ahead of a close competitor.

Nom de Course

Name adopted by an owner or group of owners for racing purposes.

nominator

One who owns a horse at the time it is named to compete in a stakes race.

nose

Smallest advantage a horse can win by. Called a short head in Britain.

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