After failing to win during her racing career, the subject of this week's challenge got off to an inauspicious start to her breeding career as her first foal ended up being destroyed and her second was so undersized that it was not considered worth nominating to any important juvenile races. By the time she was 12, our heroine had also gone blind in one eye and suffered a nearly-fatal run-in with a tree in her paddock. Nonetheless, she survived and left a rich legacy behind her when she passed away in a ripe old age, having made significant contributions to five major breeding programs through her daughters and granddaughters. Who was she, and who were the breeders who were the major beneficiaries of her treasure trove?
I'm Avalyn Hunter, an author, pedigree researcher and longtime racing fan with a particular interest in Thoroughbred mares and their contributions to the history of the breed.