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Some of us enjoy looking at pedigrees. It’s a fact of life, perhaps produced from a sense of our own mortality or our desire to be anchored in place and time by something more lasting than the spinning thread of existence.

Whatever it is, I was pondering on some of the important broodmares of the past decades and landed on Lalun, commonly referred to as “the dam of Never Bend and Bold Reason.” Fair enough. Those are her best racers.

What is less obvious is how little of Lalun’s virtues are left among her descendants. Her genetic strength has been dispersed to the winds, or it has returned to the breed norms, if you wish to look at it that way.

For a mare of very high class, she produced just as expected — quite well. Lalun produced a pair of top-tier performers, along with some other useful and fair athletes. Not surprising that these went by the wayside pretty fast and are now generally gone in terms of high class.

Of the two fine sons, Bold Reason is even now known through only a couple of daughters, principally Fairy Bridge.

Never Bend is a quite different animal. He was a first-class racehorse and was a top-class sire, as well, even though he died relatively young. His sons and daughters have carried on, and he is logically the best and most widely represented conduit of Lalun (and himself and his sire Nasrullah) to the present.

Here are a few further ties to posterity from the daughter of Djeddah and Be Faithful:


 LALUN (f, Djeddah), Won Beldame H., Kentucky Oaks; 2nd Coaching Club American Oaks; 3rd Matron S., Dam of:


 Indian Night (f, Ambiorix), Nonwinner in three starts. Dam of:


Toss N´ Turn (USA) (f. Rough´n Tumble), Unraced. Dam of:


Rough Night (USA) (c. Prize Host), Won 13 races. 2nd Premiere H. (G3); 3rd Bing Crosby H.


She Alone (f. Nasrullah), Winner. Dam of:


STRAWBERRY DRIVE (c. Dark Star), Won 14 races., incl. Escondido H.; 2nd San José H.


Veropaca (f. Sailor), Winner in France. Dam of:


Valindaba (IRE) (f. Pyjama Hunt), In France, 3rd Prix de Bagatelle. Dam of:


Eastern Promise (c. Precocious), In France, 3rd Prix des Sablonnets.


HAPPY VALLEY (c. Night Shift), In France, Won Criterium de Lyon.


MAJESTIC BELLE (f. Majestic Prince), Won three races, incl. Athena H. (G3); 3rd Wintergreen S. Producer.


NEVER BEND (c. Nasrullah), Champion 2yo in US. Winner of 13 races, incl. Champagne S., Futurity S., Cowdin S., Flamingo S., Yankee H.; 2nd Arlington-Washington Futurity, Kentucky Derby, United Nations H., Woodward S.; 3rd Preakness S., Garden State S., Sapling S., Long Island H. $641,525. Stallion.


BOLD REASON (c. Hail to Reason), Winner of seven races, incl. Hollywood Derby, Travers S., Lexington H., American Derby; 3rd Belmont S., Kentucky Derby. $304,082. Stallion.


Class is Class (f. Graustark), Unraced.

85 Middle Class (CHI) (f. Worldwatch), Unraced. Dam of:

      97   ILE ST LOUIS (CHI) (c. Hussonet), Winner of Gran Premio Thompson Matthews (G3).

      98   DOUCE (CHI) (f. Hussonet), Winner of Gran Premio Independencia (G3).


Fabled (f. Illustrious), Unraced. Dam of:


Sea Squaw (f. Sea Songster), Dam of:


Reyri´s Song (f. Akureyri), Winner of two races. Dam of:


TYASKIN (c. Allen´s Prospect), Winner of 20 races, incl. Williamsburg Stakes (R), Mister Diz Stakes (L); 2nd Shakertown S. (L); 3rd Damascus H. (L), Maryland Million Sprint H. $548,528.


LOU´S BUCKS (c. Northern Wolf), Winner of seven races, incl. Decathlon S., Basil Hall S., 2nd Jeff S. (L), Grantville S., Wolf Hill S., Legal Justice S.; 3rd Damascus H. (L), Newark S., Legal Justice S.


Fabulous Halo (f. Halo), Unraced. Dam of:


I´mso Fabulous (f. Liloy), Winner of three races. Dam of:


POTRA FABULOUS (ARG) (f. Potrillon), Winner of four races, incl. Gran Premio Carrera de Las Estrellas-Distaff (G1), Ricardo, Exequiel y Exequiel Fernandez Guerrico (G2), Círculo de Propietarios de Caballerizas S. P. C. (G3); 2nd clásico GP Gilberto Lerena (G1), GP Polla de Potrancas (G2), General Las Heras (G3); 3rd clásico Diego White (G3). Arg$96,409. Winner of four races in USA, incl. 3rd Honey Fox H.. $50.654.


KATEMURR (f. Kreisler), Winner of the Grosvenor Welcome S. in New Zealand.