Updated June 6, 2017
Society’s Chairman is a grandson of the legendary Sadler’s Wells, whose other successful North American grandsons include Medaglia d’Oro and Kitten’s Joy.
Those two stallions have had exceptional success with Gone West daughters and granddaughters making mares from that broodmare line especially promising targets for Society’s Chairman. Kitten’s Joy is the sire of eight stakes winners on the cross, four Graded winners and two Grade 1 winners, both out of daughters of Grand Slam. He’s also sired a pair of stakes winners out of mares by Proud Citizen. Medaglia d’Oro’s multiple Graded winner Valid is also out of a Grand Slam mare and he’s sired three stakes winners out of Gone West daughters, including Grade 1 winner Violence. Overall, the Sadler’s Wells/Gone West cross has produced at least 39 stakes winners, with other important Group 1 heroes like Motivator and Toronado in evidence.
Society’s Chairman’s dual Classic heroine Caren is out of a daughter of Vilzak, by the Nijinsky II stallion Green Dancer. She is one of over 60 worldwide stakes winners bred Sadler’s Wells over Nijinsky II and 10 of those are winners at the highest level. Other sources of Nijinsky II include sons Royal Academy and Sky Classic as well as Broken Vow (out of a Nijinsky II mare) and Quality Road (a Gone West grandson out of a Nijinsky II granddaughter).
Society’s Chairman has also sired the Graded winner Code Warrior out of a daughter of the Blushing Groom stallion Runaway Groom. The larger Sadler’s Wells/Blushing Groom cross has produced over 115 stakes winners and 16 Group/Grade 1 winners.
The Roberto grandson Kris S. is the second damsire of Code Warrior and, in North America, El Prado, Medaglia d’Oro and Kitten’s Joy have all sired two or more Graded winners out of Roberto-line mares. The larger Sadler’s Wells/Roberto cross is responsible for over 90 stakes winners.
Based on Medaglia d’Oro’s success, mares from the Forty Niner broodmare line should also be strongly considered for Society’s Chairman. All-time greats Rachel Alexandra (dam by Roar) and Songbird (West Acre) are among his eight stakes winners and six Graded winners out of Forty Niner-line dams. Distorted Humor is the damsire of three of those, including a 2016 Graded-winning juvenile, and mares by the WinStar stallion and by his sons Flower Alley, Sharp Humor, Any Given Saturday and Maclean’s Music can be considered for Society’s Chairman. Kitten’s Joy has also sired a Grade 2 winner out of a mare by the Forty NIner son Ide.
Storm Cat’s sire Storm Bird is bred along similar lines as Nijinsky II (Northern Dancer over Bull Page) and mares from this broodmare line have also done well with Sadler’s Wells-line stallions. The Sadler’s Wells/Storm Cat cross has yielded over 40 stakes winners (nine Grade/Group 1 winners). 10 of those are by Kitten’s Joy, including three out of Forestry mares and a pair out of Giant’s Causeway daughters. This makes dams by the Canadian-based Storm Cat grandsons Old Forester (by Forestry) and Giant Gizmo (Giant’s Causeway) especially interesting for Society’s Chairman.
Another early Society’s Chairman’s stakes winner, Sparkle’s Girl, is out of a mare by the Buckpasser-line stallion Trust N Luck, a son of Montbrook. Other sources of Buckpasser include Silver Charm, Einstein, A. P. Indy (his second dam) and the stallions bred Mr. Prospector over Buckpasser – Seeking the Gold, Woodman, Mining and Miswaki. Galileo is among the stakes winners bred on the Sadler’s Wells/Miswaki cross.
Mares form the Danzig broodmare line are squarely in the crosshairs for Society’s Chairman as well. The Sadler’s Wells/Danzig cross has produced over 220 stakes winners around the planet and over half of those are out of Danehill-line dams. North American/Canadian sources of Danehill include North Light (a Danehill son) and Silent Name (out of a Danehill mare).