Sired by 1956 American Horse of the Year Swaps, Change Water showed little of her sire’s prodigious talent, winning only one of twelve starts. She produced one of the last good horses bred by Roebling before his death in 1980, a plain, long-bodied mare that, under the name of Fall Aspen, won the 1978 Matron Stakes (USA-G1). A great broodmare, Fall Aspen produced nine stakes winners, four of them successful at Grade/Group 1 level (including 1994 American champion 2-year-old male Timber Country, by Woodman), and earned Kentucky Broodmare of the Year honors in 1994.
After Fall Aspen, virtually anything else would have been anticlimactic, but Change Water did produce two stakes-placed runners in Paintbrush (by Bold Hour) and McCracken (by Pretense) as well as Allen’s Prospect, a winning son of Mr. Prospector who became a good regional sire in the Mid-Atlantic. She also produced the winning Alleged mare Brackish, who produced three listed stakes winners as her first three foals: Valses Pour Moi (by Gate Dancer); Merzouk (by Theatrical), who was the runner-up in the 1992 Derby Italiano (ITY-G1); and Pacific West (by Gone West).
Goldvasser, Brackish’s 1993 filly by Seeking the Gold, won one of three starts and managed to produce only two winners of one race each from eight named foals, surely a disappointment considering her regal pedigree. One of those winners was Web of Intrigue, a 2002 daughter of Danzig who lasted only two starts and got her win by disqualification in a maiden race at Colonial Downs. After producing a gelding that failed to win in six starts in 2004 and slipping her foal in 2007 after selling for US$35,000 in foal to Monarchos at the 2006 Keeneland November mixed sale, she was exported to Argentina. There, she produced seven foals for Haras La Esperanza and then failed to produce a live foal for seven years before coming up with the 2022 Puerto Real filly Danzig Port, bred by Haras Los Durmientes.
Website (by Johannesburg), Web of Intrigue’s second Argentine-bred foal, was sent to Chile as a yearling and proved about as good a racer as her female family had produced in three generations, winning twice over 1000 meters and finishing second once from four starts before becoming part of the broodmare band at Haras Don Alberto. Wandack is her fifth foal and fourth winner, her previous produce including Group 3-placed Wilow (by Mastercraftsman).
Undoubtedly, Wandack owes much of her talent to her sire, who led the Chilean general sire list in 2021 after being runner-up in 2020 (he was sixth in 2022). Still, the line of female-to-female descent tracing from Brackish had something to contribute as well, not least the quality of the sires seen at each link. The result was that Website had a pedigree loaded with ancestors that had proven themselves excellent racehorses, quality sires and broodmares, or both, and thus was primed for a case of the family trumping the individual if she met the right stallion. Apparently, she did.