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.


Pioneerof the Nile was a bay horse bred in Kentucky by his owner Zayat Stables. He was sired by 2003 Belmont Stakes winner, Empire Maker. His dam, Star of Goshen was a stakes-winning daughter of Lord at War, a multiple grade I winner whose victories included the 1985 Santa Anita Handicap. During his racing career, the colt was trained by Bob Baffert.

Racing career[edit]

As a two-year-old 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. He first stood at the Vinery Stud in Lexington, Kentucky in 2010 for a stud fee of $17,500.[1] His first crop of foals began racing in 2013. In his second season at stud he sired the American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse American Pharoah, who won the 2015 Kentucky Derby. As of 2015, Pioneerof The Nile currently stands at the WinStar stud and his fee was increased to $60,000.


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

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