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: