Pioneerof the Nile

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Pioneerof the Nile
Sire Empire Maker
Grandsire Unbridled
Dam Star of Goshen
Damsire Lord at War
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2006
Country United States
Colour Dark Bay/Brown
Breeder Zayat Stables
Owner Zayat Stables
Trainer Bob Baffert
Record 9: 5-1-1
Earnings US$$1,634,200
Major wins

CashCall Futurity (2008)
Robert B. Lewis Stakes (2009)
San Felipe Stakes (2009)
Santa Anita Derby (2009)

American Classic Race placing:
Kentucky Derby 2nd (2009)

Pioneerof the Nile (foaled May 5, 2006 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who was one of the favorites going into the May 2, 2009 Kentucky Derby. Bred and raced by Zayat Stables, he was sired by 2003 Belmont Stakes winner, Empire Maker, a son of the 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic winner, Unbridled. Out of the stakes-winning mare, Star of Goshen, his damsire was Lord at War, a multiple grade I winner whose victories included the 1985 Santa Anita Handicap.

Trained by Bob Baffert, at age two Pioneerof the Nile won the Grade I CashCall Futurity. In his 3 year-old campaign, he won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, the San Felipe Stakes, and California's most important race for his age group, the Santa Anita Derby.

Pioneerof the Nile finished second to Mine That Bird in the 2009 Kentucky Derby over a sloppy track. He finished 11th in The Preakness Stakes.

Pioneerof The Nile was retired from racing after a soft tissue injury in July 2009 and currently stands at Vinery Stud in Lexington, Kentucky for a fee of $17,500. His first crop of foals (2011) will begin racing in 2013.[1]


  1. ^ "Pioneerof the Nile". Stallion Register Online. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 

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