Multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Pioneerof the Nile has all the makings of a top sire. He is the leading money-winning son of Empire Maker, out of a stakes-winning/multiple Graded stakes producer, and from the family of top sire In Reality.
Pioneerof the Nile is off to a super start as a sire. He is not only America's leading second crop sire - including TWO top Triple Crown prospects - but his sales progeny and in-foal mares remain highly sought-after. A roster of his accomplishments includes:
- Two Graded stakes-winning 3YOs hot on the Triple Crown trail: CAIRO PRINCE ($512,000), Grade 2 SW at 2 and 3, incl. $400,000 Holy Bull S. (G2) by 5 3/4 lengths; VINCEREMOS, victor $250,000 Sam F. Davis S. (G3), 2nd $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2)
- Leading Sophomore Sire by overall earnings, 2014 earnings, Graded SHs (3)
- First auction two-year-old of 2014 sells at Barretts March - $320,000
- Only stallion in his siring crop to sire two Graded stakes-winning colts
- Leading Sire in his crop by Saratoga Select average - $250,000
- Leading Sire in his crop by 2013 yearling average - $97,514
- Leading Sire in his crop by 2YOs in Training average - $135,639
- Highest-priced 2-year-old of all-time at OBS June - $525,000
Session-topping filly at OBS March - $350,000
Highest-priced 2YO by a freshman sire at Kee April - $340,000
The most accomplished son of Empire Maker, Pioneerof the Nile won four consecutive Graded stakes, including the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (G1) and $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1). Runner-up in the KY Derby (G1) in his first start on dirt, he excelled over all three surfaces - dirt, turf, and all-weather.
At least 43 of his sales progeny have brought $100,000 or more, with buyers including Stonestreet (2), Ingordo Bloodstock, Conquest Stables, Regis Farms, John Kimmel, Gary Contessa, Mike Ryan, Sagamore Farm, Hidden Brook, Whisper Hill, and Rick Violette. Many more have been retained by their breeders, including Zayat Stables, who owned and bred Pioneerof the Nile. Last season, Pioneerof the Nile covered more mares than any other year at stud - 142.
"We believe in the stallion."--John Moynihan