Perfume II, Source Sucree, Sweet Lavender
Like the Reine-
Winner of the 1863 Epsom Oaks, Queen Bertha, by Kingston-
Twenty years after the horses were sold, the family which Queen Bertha had so nobly advanced was scattered to all corners of the globe and its influence was waning. As is sometimes the case in sire lines, however, it was for one of the lesser members of the line, Blanchefleur, to save the day.
Through this one-
Acquired by Lord Derby for his stud in an attempt to add new female lines to his already thriving broodmare band, Marchetta produced eight foals by the Derby-
Chief among Marchetta's offspring was Rose Red by Swynford who produced One Thousand Guineas winner Aurora by Hyperion. Later Aurora herself produced Ascot Gold Cup winner Alycidon, a Chef-
Rose Red's full sister, Sweet Lavender, in turn produced Lavendula by Pharos and the family then made a fateful journey to France to the stud of Marcel Boussac. Lavendula produced 10 foals and three stakes winners for Boussac; Wild Lavender, Babiste and *Ambiorix from 1936-
From Lavendula, Boussac bred *Ambiorix by Tourbillon, winner of the Grand Criterium and champion French two year old of 1948; Perfume II (dam of Two Thousand Guineas winner and Chef-
*Source Sucree was subsequently acquired by Captain Harry F. Guggenheim for his Cain Hoy Stables in whose colors *Turn-
Although the intensely inbred (3 x 3 to Pharos) *Turn-
A major influence by any standard, *Turn-
The other champions from Lavendula's immediate family also were excellent sires, though neither bred on as well as *Turn-
Nevertheless, his blood is far from gone. It is found in the pedigrees of such good horses as Big Spruce, Lord Avie and Majestic Light.
*My Babu was also imported and stood at Spendthrift Farm. His most important get include Santa Anita Handicap winner Crozier; Selima Stakes winner My Card; Pimlico Futurity winner Garwol; and Arlington Lassie winner Colfax Maid. For a time, Crozier appeared to have the ability to carry on *My Babu's male line, but the sterility of Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Precisionist cost the sire a major son who seemed capable of the job. *My Babu's blood is also still very much alive deeper in pedigrees. Among the important horses who carry crosses of *My Babu are Crusader Sword, Private Account, Time For A Change and Well Decorated.
A more recent but equally important sire from this family is Irish River, winner of the Grand Criterium at two and the Two Thousand Guineas at three in 1979. Standing at Gainesway Farm, Irish River is out of a Klairon mare and is inbred to Sweet Lavender through his dam, Irish Star. Among Irish River's best get to date are Italian champion Orban; French champion and One Thousand Guineas winner Hatoof; Hollywood Derby winner Paradise Creek and Oak Tree Invitational winner Navarone.
One of the younger sires from this family is Mill Native, winner of the 1988 Arlington Million. By Exclusive Native, he is out of the Mill Reef mare Stresa, dam also of Group 3 winner American Stress and French Stress, second in the French Two Thousand Guineas (by Sham) as well as Sporades by Vaguely Noble. Mill Native is now standing in Canada after a slow beginning in California, where his grass-
In Lavendula's pedigree we find once again some key elements which seem to appear over and over again in the lineage of the best broodmares, namely St. Simon, Hermit and Canterbury Pilgrim. Canterbury Pilgrim appears 4 x 3 through her two great sons Chaucer and Swynford while St. Simon is found 5 x 4 x 5 through his daughters La Fleche and Cheery, and his son Chaucer. There are five crosses of Hermit 6 x 6 x 5 x 5 x 5. Hermit, a foal of 1864, was a Derby winner who led the sire list six times and the broodmare list another 10. He was a bleeder but was known as the most perfectly balanced horse of his time, and a lovely mover.
Yet another historic name which appears in the pedigree of Lavendula is that of Quiver, dam of La Fleche and Memoir and granddam of Polymelus. Memoir won the Oaks and St. Leger, La Fleche the "filly Triple Crown" of the One Thousand Guineas, Oaks and St. Leger. This is an aspect Lavendula shares in common with Reine-
Nowhere is the potency of Lavendula's blood and her potential for affecting a pedigree better illustrated than in the great New Zealand sire Sir Tristram, who is inbred to Lavendula through half sisters Source Sucree and Perfume II. Keeping in mind that Lavendula herself is inbred to Canterbury Pilgrim via Chaucer and Swynford, note that Sir Tristram then picks up this thread with two more Chaucer strains via inbreeding to Reine-
There are other great names like Isonomy, Springfield and Wenlock all of whom are doubled in Lavendula's pedigree. With her "layers" of inbreeding, it is little wonder that she turned out to be one of the greatest broodmares of hers or any time.
Another advantage Lavendula has is that, as a daughter of Pharos, she provides a valuable inbreeding tool to balance the plethora of male-
Also of importance is the very close relationship between *My Babu and *Ambiorix. *Ambiorix is by Tourbillon out of Lavendula while *My Babu is by a son of Tourbillon, Djebel, out of Lavendula's daughter Perfume II, making the pair three quarter brothers. If *My Babu was the better sire of the two, as seems to be the opinion of many researchers, it is probably due to his sex-
Irish River, whose dam is inbred to Sweet Lavender, is an interesting horse as a potential 'balancing act'. His two Sweet Lavender crosses seem to be laying in wait for more of the same, and they received exactly that in the form of Sagace to make up the mating of Arcangues. With this Breeders' Cup Classic winner now at stud, he becomes one of the richest sources of inbred blood capable of being outcrossed on more fashionable bloodlines teeming with the blood of Polynesian and Northern Dancer and overloaded with *Nasrullah (of whom he has just one cross) and *Royal Charger and he will also work as an outcross to the newly fashionable blood of *Ribot.
As in the case of Mumtaz Mahal, we would here like to honor the dam of this Reine-