10 Facts About Pioneerof the Nile


1.) The words “Pioneer” and “of” are pushed together in Pioneerof The Nile’s name because The Jockey Club only allows eighteen characters in a horse’s name.


2.) Pioneerof the Nile had similar connections as his son American Pharoah. The Zayats bred them both and Bob Baffert trained them (although Pioneerof the Nile started his career with trainer Bill Mott).


3.) The 2009 Kentucky Derby was Pioneerof the Nile’s first start on the dirt. He was unphased by the change in surface, finishing second behind 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird.


4.) American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown meant that Pioneerof the Nile foals would now be in high demand. On Oct. 19th, 2015, it was announced that Pioneer of the Nile would have a minimum $125,000 breeding fee.


5.) In 2019, a colt by Pioneerof The Nile and out of Golden Artemis sold for $1.2 million at the OBS March Sale. He is now owned by OXO Equine.


6.) Pioneerof the Nile has quite a few popular sons standing at stud. These include American Pharaoh, Cairo Prince, Midnight Storm, and Classic Empire.


7.) Pioneerof The Nile finished eleventh in a field of thirteen in the 2009 Preakness Stakes. It was discovered afterwards that he had a soft tissue injury and he was retired.


8.) Before he stood stud at WinStar Farm, Pioneerof the Nile stood at Vinery Stud.


9.) Pioneerof the Nile was an excellent racehorse. He had a career record of 10:5-1-1 and earned more than $1.6 million. He won over dirt, turf, and all-weather surfaces.


10.) On March 18th, 2019, Pioneerof the Nile passed away. He had just bred a mare and was acting uncomfortable once back in his stall. He died in route to the clinic. He was just thirteen years old.



Sources: Blood-Horse WinStar Farm


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