Center Aisle hails from the family of Enchanted Eve, a mare that overcame a relatively modest pedigree and a history of being mated to equally modest sires to do good work in the paddocks. Sired by Lovely Night---a stakes winner both on the flat and over jumps---out of the Quatre Bras II mare Poupon, Enchanted Eve was better than an empty stall on the track, running second in the 1952 Alabama Stakes and Ladies' Handicap, but she outbred herself by a wide margin with her second foal. This was Tempted, a daughter of the stakes-placed Hyperion horse Half Crown. Improving every year as she matured, Tempted was a stakes winner at 2, one of the best in her division at 3, and American champion handicap female as a 4-year-old in 1959.
Enchanted Eve bred a total of 12 named foals besides Tempted, and the other one to gain note on the track was Smart. Sired by 1955 Travers Stakes winner Thinking Cap (a high-class racehorse at his best but a poor sire), Smart won two editions of the Massachusetts Handicap and three other good stakes races and was the last major American racehorse descended from the male line of 1896 Kentucky Derby winner Ben Brush.
Tempted did fairly well as a broodmare, producing multiple stakes winner Lead Me On (by Native Dancer) and becoming the second dam of six stakes winners including Italian Group 2 winner Nacacyte and Grade 3 winners Adorable Micol, Bishop's Choice, and Tell Me All. Nonetheless, she was overshadowed by her half sister Witching Hour (by Thinking Cap), dam of Futurity Stakes winner Salem (by Cyane), 1982 Alabama Stakes (USA-G1) winner Broom Dance (by Dance Spell), multiple Grade 2 winner Pumpkin Moonshine (by Cyane), and Grade 3 winner Tingle Stone (by Cyane). Witching Hour is also the second dam of five stakes winners including Grade 3 winners End Sweep and Rousing Past. Another good producing daughter of Enchanted Eve is the Cyane mare Sigh Sigh, dam of Italian Group 2 winner Ice Cool and stakes winner Biricchina (both by Icecapade) and second dam of three stakes winners including multiple Grade 3 winner Soho Sunday.
Enchanted Eve's last foal was the Restless Native filly Instant Sin, whose only stakes winner is the multiple Grade 1-placed Grade 3 winner Misgivings (by Cyane) but who has founded a major branch of Enchanted Eve's family nonetheless. Her first foal, the stakes-placed Cyane mare Menage a Trois, is the second dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Lazy Slusan, Peruvian Group 2 winner Fazel, and Ecuadorian champion Azulako. Misgivings was Instant Sin's second foal and is the dam of English Group 3 winner At Risk (by Mr. Prospector), and Instant Sin's third foal is Lush Pad (by Cyane), second dam of 1996 Malibu Stakes (USA-G1) winner King of the Heap. Instant Sin is also the dam of Canoodling (by Cyane), dam of listed stakes winner Keiai Sakura (by Petionville).
The best of Instant Sin's broodmare daughters. Nimble Folly (by Cyane), produced four stakes winners: 1984 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (USA-G1) winner Contredance (by Danzig), multiple Grade 2 winner Skimble (by Lyphard), Grade 3 winner Shotiche (by Northern Dancer), and listed stakes winner Old Alliance (by Danzig). Center Aisle is out of Skimble's Empire Maker daughter Specification, and other descendants of Nimble Folly include two-time Argentine champion Pryka, 1999 One Thousand Guineas (ENG-G1) winner Wince, two-time Pacific Classic (USA-G1) winner Skimble, 2013 Gamely Stakes (USA-G1) winner Marketing Mix, English Group 2 winner Eltish, and Grade/Group 3 winners Forest Gazelle, Half Glance, Menta Fresca, and Tranquil Tiger.
Nimble Folly and her descendants benefited by assignations with some of the best stallions around, an advantage not enjoyed by Enchanted Eve. Her gift and that of her daughters was the ability to breed up from the opportunities they were given, a rare magic indeed in the breeding world and one that led to a sweet outcome at Gulfstream.