|Breeder||Ogden Mills Phipps|
|Last updated on July 23, 2008|
Bred by Ogden Mills Phipps, he was a son of the most important sire of the 20th Century, Northern Dancer and from the mare Bold Princess, a daughter of the eight-time Leading sire in North America, Bold Ruler.
At age four Sovereign Dancer was sold to Alec Head's Haras du Quesnay near Deauville in the Lower Normandy region of France where he compiled a record of two wins, three seconds, and a third in ten starts on grass for trainer Criquette Head-Maarek. Sovereign Dancer won his debut in France in April 1979 at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse and won in his fourth start at the Evry Racecourse. His best result in a Conditions race was a second in the Group 3 Grand Prix de Vichy.
Retired from racing after the 1979 season, Sovereign Dancer returned to stand at stud in the United States. A successful sire, some of his important sons include:
- Gate Dancer (b. 1981), won 1984 Preakness Stakes
- Itsallgreektome (b. 1987), the 1990 American Champion Male Turf Horse
- Priolo (b. 1987), winner of three Group One races in France
- Louis Quatorze (b. 1993), equalled race record time in winning the 1996 Preakness Stakes
- Double Orphan (b. 1994), 2000 Champion Older Male Horse in Puerto Rico
- Moment of Glory (b. 1994), Champion Stayer in India
- Disturbingthepeace (b. 1998), multiple stakes winner