Foaled in 1976, Terlingua (who was named for a town in Texas) was from the second crop of Secretariat and was the first of four stakes winners produced from the remarkable broodmare Crimson Saint. More her dam's daughter than her sire's in proclivity, Terlingua was a speedy, precocious filly who was near the top of her class as a 2-year-old. She trained on to be a Grade I-placed graded stakes winner at 3 and retired having won seven of 17 starts and $423,896.
Terlingua's race record and pedigree qualified her for assignations to the best sires around, and she made good use of her opportunities. After producing the stakes-producing Lyphard mare Lyphard's Dancer as her first foal, she hit the jackpot with her next mating, which was to Storm Bird. The resulting colt, a good-bodied animal with offset knees who was given the name of Storm Cat, missed being the champion juvenile male of 1985 by a nose, the margin of his defeat by Tasso in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (USA-I). He failed to train on at 3 after being a Grade I winner at 2, but his subsequent stud career more than made up for any deficiencies on the track. A two-time champion sire, seven-time champion juvenile sire, and three-time champion broodmare sire in the United States, he has established a thriving branch of the Northern Dancer male line.
Terlingua produced a second successful sire when mated to Mr. Prospector in 1992. Their son Pioneering was not the racehorse Storm Cat had been but did well at stud in the United States and Brazil and is still active in the latter country. His best-known runner in North America is 2006 Santa Monica Handicap (USA-I) winner Behaving Badly.
In between Storm Cat and Pioneering, Terlingua produced Chapel of Dreams to a 1983 mating with Northern Dancer. Slower to mature than Storm Cat had been, Chapel of Dreams reached her peak at age 4, winning the Palomar Handicap (USA-IIT) and the Wilshire Handicap (USA-IIT) and placing in three Grade I races that year. She was a disappointment as a broodmare, failing to produce any stakes winners, but her daughters have been making up for that.
Bridal Tea (by Gulch) was the first to get going, producing 2000 Peter Pan Stakes (USA-II) winner Postponed (by Summer Squall) and restricted stakes winner Bridesmaid (by Valid Expectations). She was followed by the Woodman mare Wiener Wald, dam of 2008 Racing Post Trophy (ENG-I) winner Crowded House (by Rainbow Quest) and French stakes winner On Reflection (by Rainbow Quest); second dam of multiple Grade I winner Ticker Tape, 2017 Prix Maurice du Gheest (FR-I) winner Brando and Grade II winner Daring Dancer; and third dam of multiple Group I winner Reckless Abandon. A third daughter, Child Bride (by Coronado's Quest) is the dam of Grade II winner Juniper Pass (by Lemon Drop Kid)
Chapel of Dreams's 1994 daughter by Seattle Slew, If Angels Sang, won four of 20 starts before settling down to a more than respectable broodmare career of her own. After producing five foals with only modest accomplishments, she got rolling in 2007 by producing Ilusora (by Tale of the Cat), a multiple Group III winner in Argentina. A repeat mating to Tale of the Cat came up with Tale of a Champion, winner of the 2013 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (USA-IIT), and she produced 2017 Eddie D Stakes (USA-IIIT) winner to a cover by Scat Daddy.
Bandua, a son of The Factor, is If Angels Sang's fourth graded stakes winner and will probably be her last, as her 2016 foal Cowboys Dream has shown very little ability; the mare was barren in 2017 and produced a foal that died in 2018. If Bandua can come through to capture the Million or another Grade I stakes, he will provide a nice exclamation point to the producing career of a fine mare and, given the accomplishments of his family, will also become a good stallion prospect for owner Calumet Farm. Whether he does or not, however, he has proved himself a credit to the ever-expanding resume of Terlingua, who is bidding fair to rival Weekend Surprise as the most influential daughter of her immortal sire.