Words from the book Lukas In Action
"She was a lady, a fairy queen, delicate in style, blessed with envious beauty, adorned in fine-spun charms. But hidden beneath
that handsome facade was a raging fire, a competitive zeal that left her rivals in awestruck admiration. People came from miles
around just to catch a glimpse of this marvelous creature. It is not often that perfection strolls by, so when it does, even the
most brutish among us is compelled to yield a begrudging smile.
She aspired to the throne, but such rarefied heights are seldom reached, and once attained are precarious, for many are intent on possessing the scepter. But she was fearless, and as each and every pretender gave way, it was soon apparent to all that she alone deserved the crown.
Fairy tales do not always end with "happily ever after" though, for the land of make believe is not so very different from the world of pain and sorrow. And so in a shattering moment of grief, she died. It was as if the gods themselves grew jealous of her radiance, and in a fit of rage destroyed their earthly rival.
The gods are like that. With just a wave of the hand she was no more. Her like may never again be seen, and we are all the less for that. Her name was Landaluce.
... When Lukas bought Landaluce what did he see in her soul? A great talent, to be sure, but was he aware of the sheer enormity of it? I wonder. Lukas said that what caught his attention was her tremendous heart girth. But I surmise that what really caught his eye was a glimpse of Pegasus chasing the wind.
Landaluce made her debut at Hollywood Park on July 3, 1982. Sent off at 80 cents on the dollar she destroyed a field of MSW by 7 lengths in eye-blinking time of 1:08 1/5. Exactly one week later, in the Hollywood Lassie Stakes, she immortalized herself. Winning by 21 lengths, she was clocked in 1:08 Flat. Her margin of victory was and is the most ever recorded for a stakes race at Hollywood Park. She would win her next 3 starts by a combined total of 18.5 lengths. In the Anoakia at SA she was bet down to 10c on the dollar. Winning both events easily, she was the nearest thing to a sure bet as you are ever likely to see. Landaluce's sixth start was to have been the Hollywood Starlet, scheduled for November 28.
She took ill on November 22 and her condition steadily declined. On the morning of November 28, a day that in the best of worlds she would have flown at the side of the winged horse, she died. Lukas stayed by her side during her last week of life. She died with her head cradled in his lap.
There were no tough guys at the track that afternoon. And on at least one day, winning and losing were not so very significant. The commonplace was unimportant, for it was not lost on the crowd, nor anyone for that matter, that it was unlikely they would ever again see her kind. For one brief glorious moment a legend had passed by. "
Note:Blue equals male (stallion) Red equals female (mare)
|Landaluce(1982)||Seattle Slew(1974)||Bold Reasoning(1968)||Boldnesian(1963)||Bold Ruler(1954)|
|Reason To Earn(1963)||Hail To Reason(1958)|
|My Charmer(1969)||Poker(1963)||Round Table(1954)|
|Fair Charmer(1959)||Jet Action(1951)|
|Strip Poker(1967)||Bold Bidder(1962)||Bold Ruler(1954)||Nasrullah(1940)|
|High Bid(1956)||To Market(1948)|
|Pange(1955)||King's Bench(1949)||Court Martial(1942)|
|York Gala(1939)||His Grace(1933)|
|Man O'War||Lady's Secret|
|Northern Dancer||Go For Wand|
|Man O'War VS Secretariat|
Landaluce image courtesy of Dagmar Fine Equine Art
Background courtesy of Thoroughbred Champions