Pioneerof the Nile - TWO 2YO CHAMPION COLTS FROM 4 CROPS

Remembering

Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile's impact as a sire will be felt long after his tragic loss. In just his first four crops, he produced 2015 Horse of the Year, Triple Crown winner, and champion 2-year-old American Pharoah, as well as champion 2-year-old Classic Empire. At the time of his passing, he had sired 23 black type winners and the earners of more than $35 million.

Arguably the most accomplished son of Empire Maker when he entered stud, Pioneerof the Nile won the CashCall Futurity (G1) at two and the Santa Anita Derby (G1) at three and retired with $1.6 million in earnings. Bred by Zayat Stables, he was out of a multiple Graded stakes producer, and from the family of In Reality.

Pioneerof the Nile - TWO 2YO CHAMPION COLTS FROM 4 CROPS
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile's sons have already made a huge impact at stud. American Pharoah is the leading First-Crop Sire, while Classic Empire has been one of the most popular sires in his first two seasons in the breeding shed. His multiple graded stakes-winning son Cairo Prince has been a top-three sire with his first two crops, and another Grade 1 winner, Midnight Storm, entered stud in 2019.

"It is so hard because everyone works so hard to get an elite sire like Pioneerof the Nile, but it's more than that," said WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden. "He had a big personality. Everyone who worked around him grew to love him because he was so engaging and really, really smart. All of us at WinStar are heartbroken.”

Pioneerof the Nile - Progeny Gallery Public

Pioneerof the Nile - Progeny Gallery Public

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