Multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Pioneerof the Nile has all the makings of a top sire. He is the leading money-winning son by Empire Maker; is out of a stakes-winning/multiple Graded stakes producer; and is from the same family as breed-shaping sire In Reality.
The only runner by Empire Maker to win Grade 1 stakes at two and three, Pioneerof the Nile in fact won four consecutive Graded stakes, dominating the West Coast Derby preps his sophomore season. A roster of his accomplishments includes:
- Session-topping 2YO filly at OBS March - $350,000
- Highest-priced 2YO by a freshman sire at Keeneland April - $340,000
- Leading Freshman Sire by average at Keeneland September ($96,893); 2nd leading Freshman Sire of 2012 overall by average and median
- Winner of the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (G1) at two; Three-time Graded stakes winner including the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) at three
- Runner-up in the $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby (G1) in his first start on dirt
- Excelled over all three surfaces - dirt, turf and all-weather
- The most accomplished son of Empire Maker, out of the multiple stakes-producing Lord At War (Arg) mare, Star of Goshen, who won her first 3 starts by a combined 27 lengths, incl. the 7F La Troienne S. at Churchill
The first two-year-olds by Pioneerof the Nile race in 2013, and early reports are exhilarating: His auction juveniles are averaging $154,545, led by a $350,000 session-topping filly who worked a bullet :9 4/5, and a $340,000 Keeneland April colt.
The first yearlings by Pioneerof the Nile averaged $75,689, led
by 16 who brought at least $100,000, and five who sold for $200,000 or
Equally important, his progeny are in great hands, with buyers including
Stonestreet Stables, Regis Farms, Twin Creeks Racing, Mike Ryan, Sagamore Farm, Hidden Brook, Whisper Hill, Bradley
Thoroughbreds, Louis Roussel III, Rick Violette, Becky Thomas, and Nick de Meric. Many more have been retained by their breeders,
including Zayat Stables, who owned and bred Pioneerof the Nile.
"Speed when he needed it and a mind that allowed him to handle anything."--Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert