Buckpasser, Fourth Generation

Last week 1966 Horse of the Year Buckpasser was discussed. This week we will examine Buckpasser as a name in more current pedigrees, specifically in the fourth generation of all weanlings, yearlings, or two-year-olds sold at public auction in North America in 1999-2002.

Buckpasser showed up 7,328 times in the fourth generation of these 54,000+ foals. That ranks him eighth among these top 20 sires.

At P1 in the fourth generation (the male line), Buckpasser had a Price Index of 0.37 (18th among these top 20 sires) and a PPI (result) of 0.17  (18th), a rather dismal result. He had 66 foals at P1, including one stakes winner (1.52%) with 260 Performance Points.

At P2 in the fourth generation Buckpasser had a Price Index of 0.69 (13th) and a PPI (result) of 0.98 (12th), an improvement in absolute terms. He had 1,936 foals at P2, including 66 stakes winners (3.41%), including Honey Ryder (5,384), Lady Tak (2,861), Monarchos (2,521), and Lion Tamer (2,401).

Honey Ryder was by Lasting Approval (by With Approval). Lady Tak was by Mutakddim (by Seeking the Gold). Monarchos was by Maria’s Mon (by Wavering Monarch). Lion Tamer was by Will’s Way (by Easy Goer). With Approval, Seeking the Gold, Wavering Monarch, and Easy Goer were all out of Buckpaser mares. Lasting Approval and Will’s Way were not exactly fashionable sires.

At P3 in the fourth generation Buckpasser had a Price Index of 0.73 (18th) and a PPI (result) of 0.68 (16th), an improvement in relative terms but not in absolute terms. He had 412 foals at P3, including nine stakes winners (2.18%), including Singletary (3,454 Performance Points). Singletary was by Sultry Song (by Cox’s Ridge out of mare by Buckfinder, by Buckpasser).

At P4 in the fourth generation Buckpasser had a Price Index of 1.17 (third) and a PPI (result) of 0.88 (tenth), a very disappointing result. He had 1,659 foals at P4, including 60 stakes winners (3.62%), including Adoration (3,951 Performance Points). Adoration was by Honor Grades, whose second dam was Lassie Dear, by Buckpasser.

At P5 in the fourth generation Buckpasser had a Price Index of 0.85 (14th) and a PPI (result) of 1.08 (eighth), a good result in both absolute and relative terms. He had 352 foals at P5, including 13 stakes winners (3.69%), including Captain Squire (2,204) and Proud Man (2,035). Both Captain Squire and Proud Man are out of mares by At the Threshold, by Norcliffe, by Buckpasser.

At P6 in the fourth generation Buckpasser had a Price Index of 1.27 (ninth) and a PPI (result) of 0.95 (11th), a very disappointing result. He had 2,067 foals at P6, including 77 stakes winners (3.73%), including Funny Cide (5,529), Mystic Lady (2,670), Pomeroy (2,145), Snow Ridge (2,112), and My Trusty Cat (2,003).

Funny Cide was out of a Slewacide mare. Mystic Lady was out of a Compliance mare. Pomeroy was out of a Seeking the Gold mare. Snow Ridge was out of a Woodman mare. My Trusty Cat was out of a Private Account mare. Those five broodmare sires were all out of Buckpasser mares.

At P7 in the fourth generation Buckpasser had a Price Index of 0.83 (19th) and a PPI (result) of 0.71 (17th), a mixed result. He had 456 foals at P7, including 13 stakes winners (2.85%), but no stakes winners with 2,000+ Performance Points.

At P8 in the fourth generation Buckpasser had a Price Index of 1.31 (third) and a PPI (result) of 1.37 (seventh), another mixed result. He had 380 foals at P8, including 17 stakes winners (4.47%), including Speightstown (2,658). The third dam of Speightstown was Insilca, by Buckpasser.

Overall, counting all eight positions in the fourth generation, Buckpasser had a Price Index of 1.01 (ninth) and a PPI (result) of 0.93 (16th), a disappointing result. He had 7,328 foals overall, including 256 stakes winners (3.49%).

Only 17.5% (1,286) of those 7,328 foals involved sons of Buckpasser in the third generation. Those 1,286 foals had a Price Index of 0.78 and a PPI (result) of 0.77 (almost right on the money). The remaining 6,042 foals involved daughters of Buckpasser in the third generation. Those 6,042 foals had a Price Index of 1.06 and a PPI (result) of 0.97 (a disappointing result, to say the least).

Buckpasser was the leading broodmare sire four times. He had an almost undisputed reputation as a better sire of fillies than of colts. His fillies in the third generation WERE better than his colts in the third generation (0.97 to 0.77). The only problem is that the former were also a lot more expensive than the latter (1.06 to 0.78).

The moral of this story is that reputations can become their own worst enemies. Buckpasser had a reputation as a far better sire of fillies than of colts. Therefore, his fillies in the third generation were far more valued than his colts in the third generation. In fact, they became overvalued. Their results did not keep up with their prices.

That can happen to even the best of sires after four generations, especially if the results are not fairly and objectively measured (if “reputations” are the only measurement available). The main purpose of this study has been to measure results after three or four generations fairly and objectively.

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