No one is going to mistake Tanca for one of the great matriarchs of the breed, but she has an admirably consistent record as a broodmare that many of her more heralded sisters might well envy. She has produced eight named foals, of which seven have started, and all seven have won. Aside from her Laurel stakes winners, she has also produced the 2013 Dance With Ravens gelding Corvus, winner of the 2015 Maryland Million Nursery Stakes. Her credentials, if displayed on a catalog page, might not impress someone looking for potential champions or a home-run sale yearling, but most breeders in regional markets would be delighted to have a mare like this in their broodmare bands.
A winner during her own racing days, Tanca has undoubtedly been aided by a quite solid pedigree in achieving broodmare success. A daughter of the top Maryland sire Polish Numbers (a regally-bred horse by Danzig out of champion Numbered Account, and a half brother to multiple Grade I winner and successful sire Private Account), she is a half sister to the stakes-winning juvenile Sara Rocks (by Rock Slide). Their dam, Grade II-placed Waltz, is by 1992 American champion older male Pleasant Tap (a good sire and a Pleasant Colony half brother to 1994 Kentucky Derby, USA-I, winner Go for Gin) out of Mythical Dancer (a half sister to three stakes winners by the successful Northern Dancer son Sovereign Dancer, whose maternal granddam is the fabulous producer Grey Flight) and is a half sister to Grade III winner Midnight Cry (by Smart Strike). This is a pedigree incorporating many of the best families in American breeding, and its consistent quality from top to bottom surely is no handicap in consistently transmitting genes that help make winners.
While Cordmaker is pretty much a known quantity at this point, Las Setas (a homebred whose breeders race her in partnership with Wayne Harrison and who is trained by Voss) is currently unbeaten at 3 after winning her last two starts in open stakes company and could still have some significant upside. Tanca produced a 2017 filly by the even more blue-blooded Grade I winner Imagining (she was barren in 2018), and it is to be hoped that this daughter will add to the already honorable record of a dam who has been a credit to her illustrious forebears.