Pasadoble herself was bred more along the lines of a long-distance specialist. A daughter of Prove Out, who conquered Secretariat in the 1973 Woodward Stakes (USA-I) over 12 furlongs before scoring in the two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup (USA-I), she is a half sister to Silver Supreme, whose victory in the 1982 Brooklyn Handicap (USA-II) was also over 12 furlongs. Nonetheless, she won a couple of listed stakes over 1600 meters (about a mile) in France before going to the paddocks.
Perhaps because of the stamina inherent in her pedigree, Pasadoble was put primarily to sires who had shown top form over a mile, and she hit the jackpot with her first foal, a daughter of Nureyev. Named Miesque, the bay filly won 10 Grade/Group I races, including two editions of the Breeders' Cup Mile (USA-I), and won a total of nine championships in England, France, and United States. She then proceeded to throw Kingmambo and East of the Moon (by Mr. Prospector and Private Account, respectively) as her first two foals, and both became French Classic winners over the equivalent of a mile in addition to other triumphs.
Miesque's branch of the family has been a gift that keeps on giving. While Kingmambo became one of Mr. Prospector's more important sons at stud, East of the Moon became a Group III producer and is now the granddam of the brilliant Alpha Centauri (by Mastercraftsman, who just earned her fourth Group I success of 2018 by soundly thumping older males in the Prix Jacques le Marois. Miesque also produced listed stakes winner Moon Is Up (by Woodman), the dam of 2011 Thekwini Stakes (SAF-I) winner Amanee (by Pivotal) and the second dam of 2014 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French Two Thousand Guineas, FR-I) and Breeders' Cup MIle winner Karakontie, now a stallion at Gainesway.
As if this were not riches enough for any broodmare, Miesque has two more daughters who failed to win stakes but have made significant contributions of their own. Monevassia, a full sister to Kingmambo, produced 2005 European champion juvenile filly Rumplestiltskin (by Danehill) and, through her, is the second dam of 2014 Yorkshire Oaks (ENG-I) winner Tapestry; she is also the second dam of 2016 Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World (USA-I) winner Real Steel. More recently, Mieque's Storm Cat daughter Second Happiness added another Classic success to the family by producing 2018 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, FR-I) winner Study of Man (by Deep Impact).
Had Pasadoble done no more than produce Miesque, that would be quite enough to engrave her name permanently in bloodstock annals, but she did not stop there. Her stakes-winning daughter Massaraat (a full sister to Miesque) is the second or third dam of four Group II winners including Old Persian, winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at this year's Royal Ascot meeting, and Massaraat's Riverman half sister Yogya produced 2002 French champion 2-year-old filly Six Perfections (by Celtic Swing), who trained on to win the 2003 Prix Jacques Le Marois and Breeders' Cup Mile before adding to the family's accomplishments in 2018 with International Stakes (IRE-III) winner Yucatan (by Galileo).
With four Group stakes winners so far this year, two of them of Classic stature (Alpha Centauri and Study of Man) and one all but certain to be named a champion at year's end, Pasadoble's family continues to be a force in European breeding. And if Alpha Centauri can add to the family's laurels in the Breeders' Cup Mile, she will become the fourth member of Pasadoble's family to win the race, cementing Pasadoble's position as the mistress of the mile.