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 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 by far, but he sired Derby, Preakness AND Belmont contenders, and his sales progeny and in-foal mares remain highly sought-after. His accomplishments include:

  • The only stallion in his crop to sire Derby, Preakness and Belmont contenders
  • Sire of three Graded stakes winners in a four-day span, Aug. 31st to Sept. 3rd
  • Sire of the Best 2YO Beyer and the Best 3YO Beyer on dirt in 2014
  • America's Leading Sophomore Sire by: Earnings, SHs, SWs, Graded SWs, Graded SHs
  • 6 SWs, 5 Graded SWs, 11 SHs, 7 Graded SHs
  • Top progeny incl.: Del Mar Futurity (G1) victor AMERICAN PHAROAH; 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 ($260,781); multiple $100,000 SW CONQUEST TOP GUN
  • Leading Sire in his crop by 2014 yearling average - $161,500
  • Leading Sire in his crop by 2014 2YOs in training average - $107,385
  • 2014 yearlings have sold for $475,000, $425,000, 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.

At least 57 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. Many more have been retained by their breeders, including Zayat Stables, who owned and bred Pioneerof the Nile. In 2013, Pioneerof the Nile covered more mares than any other year at stud - 142.

"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

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