Pioneerof the Nile

Empire Maker - Star of Goshen, by Lord At War (ARG), 2006 dkb/br
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Pioneerof the Nile - Empire Maker's Most Accomplished Son
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Pioneerof the Nile

Empire Maker's Most Accomplished Son

Multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire Pioneerof the Nile forged an impressive record on the track, and is now establishing an even more impressive record at stud.

The leading money-winning son of Empire Maker, he is out of a multiple Graded stakes producer, and from the family of In Reality. Far and away America's leading second crop stallion, he sired Derby, Preakness AND Belmont contenders from his first crop, and America's best two-year-old in his second. His accomplishments include:

  • America's Leading Sophomore Sire by: Earnings, SHs, SWs, Graded SWs, Graded SHs, G1 SHs
  • 6 SWs, 5 Graded SWs, 13 SHs, 10 Graded SHs, 3 Gr. 1 SHs, $4.4M in earnings
  • Sire of America's best two-year-old - back-to-back Grade 1 winner AMERICAN PHAROAH, only juvenile this year to run two Triple Digit Beyers
  • Top progeny incl.: multiple G1 SW AMERICAN PHAROAH ($361,500); Multiple G2 SW CAIRO PRINCE ($562,000); Grade 2 SW MIDNIGHT STORM (285,810); Preakness (G1)-placed SOCIAL INCLUSION ($384,400); Multiple Gr. SW JOJO WARRIOR ($371,981); multiple $100,000 SW CONQUEST TOP GUN
  • Leading Sire in his crop by 2014 yearling average - $110,935
  • Leading Sire in his crop by 2014 2YOs in training average - $107,385
  • 2014 yearlings have sold for $475,000, $425,000, $240,000, etc.

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.

More than 60 of his sales progeny have brought $100,000 or more, with buyers including Stonestreet (2), Solis & Litt, Ingordo Bloodstock, Conquest Stables, Regis Farms, John Kimmel, Gary Contessa, Mike Ryan, Starlight Racing, Whisper Hill, and Dennis O'Neill. Others have been retained by their breeders, including Zayat Stables, who owned and bred Pioneerof the Nile. In 2013, Pioneerof the Nile was bred to 142 mares- in 2014, he covered 131 mares.

"We believe in the stallion."--John Moynihan

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 5 2 0 1 $544,200
3 5 3 1 0 $1,090,000
Totals 10 5 1 1 $1,634,200

WON AT 2
  • CashCall Futurity (gr. I) 8.5f defeating I Want Revenge, Chocolate Candy, Bittel Road, Azul Leon, Axel Foley, Mark S the Cooler, Hype, Frumious, J P Jammer, Ventana 
  • A maiden special weight race, 8.5f defeating Lime Rickey, Hype, Seattle Brew, Unbridle's Dream, Endymion, Last Martini, Bounissimo, Solidify 
3RD AT 2
  • Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) 8.5f to Square Eddie, Terrain, defeating Deposer (IRE), Majestic Blue, His Greatness, Zion, Flashmans Papers (GB), Advice, Reynaldothewizard, Notonthesamepage 
WON AT 3
  • Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) 9f defeating Chocolate Candy, Mr. Hot Stuff, Take the Points, Feisty Suances, Unbridled Roman, Gallant Son 
  • San Felipe S. (gr. II) 8.5f defeating Feisty Suances, Jeranimo, He's Really Big, Shafted, New Bay 
  • Robert B. Lewis S. (gr. II) 8.5f defeating Papa Clem, I Want Revenge, Bittel Road, Mark S the Cooler, Oil Man (IRE), Brother Keith, Shafted, Charlie's Moment 
2ND AT 3
  • Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) 10f to Mine That Bird, defeating Musket Man, Papa Clem, Chocolate Candy, Summer Bird, Join in the Dance, Regal Ransom, West Side Bernie, General Quarters, Dunkirk, Hold Me Back, Advice, Desert Party, Mr. Hot Stuff, Atomic Rain, Nowhere to Hide, Friesan Fire, Flying Private 

Printable Pedigree

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Generational Pedigree

EMPIRE MAKER (USA)
dkb/br. 2000
UNBRIDLED (USA)
b. 1987 [BI]
FAPPIANO (USA)
b. 1977 [IC]
MR. PROSPECTOR (USA) b. 1970 [BC]
KILLALOE (USA) b. 1970
GANA FACIL (USA)
ch. 1981
LE FABULEUX (FR) ch. 1961 [P]
CHAREDI (USA) dkb/br. 1976
TOUSSAUD (USA)*
dkb/br. 1989
EL GRAN SENOR (USA)
b. 1981
NORTHERN DANCER (CAN) b. 1961 [BC]
SEX APPEAL (USA) ch. 1970 *
IMAGE OF REALITY (USA)
b. 1976
IN REALITY (USA) b. 1964 [BC]
EDEE'S IMAGE (USA) dkb/br. 1969 *
STAR OF GOSHEN (USA)
b. 1994
LORD AT WAR (ARG)
ch. 1980
GENERAL (FR)
b. 1974
BRIGADIER GERARD (GB) b. 1968
MERCURIALE (FR) ch. 1965
LUNA DE MIEL (ARG)
ch. 1974
CON BRIO (GB) ch. 1961
GOOD WILL (ARG) ch. 1965
CASTLE EIGHT (USA)
dkb/br. 1984
KEY TO THE KINGDOM (USA)
dkb/br. 1970
BOLD RULER (USA) br. 1954 [BI]
KEY BRIDGE (USA) b. 1959 *
HER NATIVE (USA)
b. 1973
KANUMERA (USA) b. 1966
LITTLE BLESSING (USA) b. 1964


Pedigree Analysis

Pioneerof the Nile is by Unbridled’s top son, Empire Maker. Pioneer of the Nile is out of a mare by the good miler and broodmare sire, Lord At War. Lord at War is the broodmare sire of nine Grade 1 winners, including dual classic winner War Emblem, Pioneerof the Nile and Raven’s Pass.

Pioneer of the Nile sire line is that of the “atypical” Fappiano and this line has crossed well with more traditional Mr. Prospector lines such as Gone West and Smart Strike. Mares by other Mr. Prospector stallions such as Seeking the Gold, Miswaki and Woodman should slide under Pioneer of the Nile well.

A primary pedigree play for Pioneer of the Nile will be to reinforce him with mare’s by Seattle Slew, as he is void of this major sire line. Empire Maker has sired five Grade 1 winners from mares that returned Seattle Slew to him, including Royal Delta, Bodemeister, Country Star and Grace Hall.

Another primary pedigree play will be to return Storm Cat to Pioneer of the Nile. His sire, Empire Maker, has sired Grade 1 winners In Lingerie and Bodemeister from mares that returned Storm Cat.

Other key strains to return to Pioneer of the Nile are Secretariat, Hail to Reason, Buckpasser, La Troienne.

courtesy of Pedigree Query

Pioneerof the Nile - Progeny Gallery Public