Grade II winner Bending Strings, a homebred for John D. Gunther, arrived June 20 at her owner's Glennwood Farm near Versailles, Ky. The 5-year-old American Chance mare made her last two starts while in foal to Distorted Humor off an April 19 cover.Bending Strings won the Nassau County Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) and First Flight Handicap (gr. II) in New York, the Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, and the Safely Kept Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico. Her nine stakes-placings included such runner-up efforts in the Test (gr. I) and La Brea (gr. I) Stakes and the Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I).After being covered, Bending Strings ran third in the May 6 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs and was unplaced in the June 17 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont. She retired with six wins from 29 starts and earnings of $870,612.Produced from the stakes-winning Hail the Pirates mare Straight South, Bending Strings is half-sister to stakes winner Dixie Premiere and the dam of stakes winner El Saddler.