Animal: Never Say Die

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Animal: Never Say Die Gender: M
born on 26 March 1951 at 23:15 (= 11:15 PM )
Place Lexington, Kentucky, 38n03, 84w30
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 05°44' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 25°32 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 11°06'


American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. After winning only once from his first nine races, he demonstrated much improved form in the summer of 1954 to win the Epsom Derby, becoming the first American colt to win the race in seventy-three years. Later that year he added a second British Classic when winning the St. Leger Stakes by a record margin of twelve lengths. He was later retired to a successful stud career at the British National Stud. He was champion sire in 1962, thanks to Larkspur's Derby victory. He also sired the Epsom Oaks and 1,000 Guineas winner Never Too Late and other good winners in Die Hard and Sostenuto, stayers who both won the Ebor Handicap.

Never say Die was put down in 1975, by when his stock had won 309 races worth more than £400,000 in Great Britain.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 1954 (Epsom Derby)
  • Other Death 1975 (Put down)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry" by James C. Nicholson (University of Kentucky, 2013), p. 88: "On March 26, 1951, [John A.] Bell [III] and his wife attended a memorial dinner honoring the late head of the University of Kentucky's animal husbandry department. Upon returning to the farm around 11:30, Bell went straight to the foaling barn, where he found Singing Grass and her newborn chestnut colt."


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Chestnut)
  • Personal : Misc. : Unusual categories (Thoroughbred racehorse)
  • Vocation : Sports Business : Other Sports Business (Sire)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Epsom Derby)
  • Mundane : Misc. Mundane : Animals