Never Bend, Fourth Generation

Last week featured Charles Hatton’s description of 1962 champion two-year-old Never Bend from the 1963 American Racing Manual. Now let us turn our attention to Never Bend as a name in more current pedigrees, specifically in the fourth generation of all weanlings, yearlings, and two-year-olds sold at public auction in North America in 1999-2002.

Never Bend appeared 4,317 times among these 54,000+ foals, ranking him 18th among these 20 sires in overall popularity.

At P1 in the fourth generation (the male line) Never Bend had a Price Index of 0.48 (16th among these 20 sires) and a PPI (result) of o.54 (15th), a slight improvement on both counts. He had 217 foals at P1, including four stakes winners (1.84%), including House of Fortune (2,089 Performance Points). House of Fortune was by Free House, by Smokester, by Never Tabled, by Never Bend.

At P2 in the fourth generation Never Bend had a Price Index of 0.13 (last) and a PPI (result) of 0.00 (19th). He had seven foals at P2, but no stakes winners. Nearctic and Nasrullah also had zero stakes winners at P2, the former from five foals (ranking him 18th), the latter from 25 foals (ranking him 20th).

At P3 in the fourth generation Never Bend had a Price Index of 0.87 (14th) and a PPI (result) of 0.42 (18th), a poor result on both scores. He had 675 foals at P3, including 15 stakes winners (2.22%), none with 2,000+ Performance Points.

At P4 in the fourth generation Never Bend had a Price Index of 0.92 (tenth) and a PPI (result) of 0.99 (ninth), a slight improvement on both scores. He had 1,018 foals at P4, including 33 stakes winners (3.24%),including Premium Tap (3,469) and Squirtle Squirt (2,412). Premium Tap was by Pleasant Tap, whose second dam was Never Hula, by Never Bend. Squirtle Squirt was by Marquetry, whose second dam was Lover’s Walk, by Never Bend.

At P5 in the fourth generation Never Bend had a Price Index of 0.89 (12th) and a PPI (result) of 0.85 (17th), a slight regression on both scores. He had 576 foals at P5, including 23 stakes winners (3.99%), including Mandy’s Gold (2,382). Mandy’s Gold was by Gilded Time out of Manduria, by Aloma’s Ruler, by Iron Ruler, by Never Bend.

At P6 in the fourth generation Never Bend had a Price Index of 0.96 (tenth) and a PPI (result) of 1.47 (sixth), excellent improvement on both scores. He had 464 foals at P6, including 27 stakes winners (5.82%), including Saratoga County (2,747) and Maryfield (2,334). Saratoga County was out of a mare by Grub (Mr. Prospector out of Maimiti, by Never Bend). Maryfield was out of a mare by Desert Wine (Damascus out of Anne Campbell, by Never Bend).

At P7 in the fourth generation Never Bend had a Price Index of 1.00 (13th) and a PPI (result) of 1.17 (seventh), a definite improvement on both scores. He had 937 foals at P7, including 40 stakes winners (4.27%), including Whipper (2,790) and Proud Man (2,035). The second dam of Whipper was Millieme, by Mill Reef, by Never Bend. The second dam of Proud Man was Proudest Cagey, by Proudest Roman, by Never Bend.

At P8 in the fourth generation Never Bend had a Price Index of 1.22 (sixth) and a PPI (result) of 1.75 (third), excellent improvement on both scores. He had 423 foals at P8, including 17 stakes winners (4.02%), including Peace Rules (5,484), Elloluv (2,497), and Trippi (2,066).

The third dam of Peace Rules was Dancing Bend, by Never Bend. The third dam of Elloluv was Stiff Breeze, by Never Bend. The third dam of Trippi was Only the Loyal, by Never Bend.

Overall, taking all eight positions into account, Never Bend had a Price Index of 0.94 (18th) and a PPI (result) of 1.02 (11th), improvement on both scores. He had 4,317 foals overall, including 159 stakes winners (3.69%).

Never Bend was pretty evenly balanced between the sexes in terms of popularity. About 44% (1,912) of these 4,317 foals involved daughters of Never Bend in the third generation. Those 1,912 foals had a Price Index of 0.99 and a PPI (result) of 1.27 (nice improvement). The remaining 2,405 foals involving sons of Never Bend in the third generation had a Price Index of 0.89 and a PPI (result) of 0.83 (slight regression).

To recapitulate, daughters of Never Bend in the third generation (Price Index of 0.99 and PPI of 1.27) were better than sons of Never Bend in the third generation (Price Index of 0.89 and PPI of 0.83).

Never Bend’s overall results (1.02) were slightly better than his prices (o.94). Both numbers were right around the average (1.00) though, which is par for the course after four generations.

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