four races--three stakes--before losing to fillies for the first time. She ran third in the Fantasy Stakes (gr. I), and then was second in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). She started twice more, finishing unplaced both times, and was retired.
Before Dawn came from a time-honored Calumet family. Her third dam, Calumet homebred Twilight Tear, was 1944 Horse of the Year. Second dam A Gleam won such stakes as the Hollywood Oaks and Westerner Stakes.As a broodmare, Before Dawn produced 11 named foals, all of which were winners, including three stakes-placed runners. Three of her daughters were stakes producers. Before Dawn, who was produced from the Tim Tam mare Moonbeam, was sent to Great Britain in 1997.