The latest in a line of runners with high expectations resting upon their shoulders arrived Feb. 9 at Summer Wind Farm, when a full brother to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was born.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have full slates of stakes at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park, and a Triple Crown prep in New York.
If you're thinking a pick three on the three Derby prep races—all scheduled within a 95-minute window—would surely stimulate some nationwide interest in the proceedings, you're right. And you're also out of luck, because that makes too much sense.
A second juvenile champion proved Pioneerof the Nile's depth as a sire.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue Saturday with the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (G3), Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2) and Kitten's Joy Stakes.
Without a clear favorite among the five entered in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), trainer Doug O'Neill, who has three of the five, is hopeful any or all of his horses will seize an opportunity to move forward.
Classic Empire, a rangy, good-looking son of Pioneerof the Nile, came to hand under the tutelage of Mark and Norm Casse, and then left the rest of the juvenile division in arrears as he claimed the Eclipse Award for 2016’s top 2-year-old male.
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia has been retired and will be sent to Pioneerof the Nile in 2017, SF Bloodstock’s Tom Ryan announced Dec. 2.
The 5-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile galloped out to an easy lead, was never threatened, and drew off to a 7 3/4-length victory.
A dark bay colt by WinStar Farm stallion Pioneerof the Nile sold to RC Thoroughbreds for $600,000 to become the highest priced weanling more than half way through the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm, among the most active buyers at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, showed it is going to a major player at the Keeneland breeding stock sale when it went to $2.2 million to acquire the 6-year-old Tapit mare Tapicat.
Pioneerof the Nile, sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) victor Classic Empire, will head up WinStar Farm's 22-stallion roster in 2017 and stand for an advertised fee of $110,000.
With the Keeneland September yearling sale continuing to show vibrancy midway through its second week, Peter O’Callaghan of Woods Edge Farm is among consignors having one of the best auctions in recent history.
Looking at how North American yearling averages have changed since 2012 among the top 10 Keeneland September sires by average price through Sept. 19.
A Pioneerof the Nile colt bought as a weanling for $85,000 was bought by EQB as agent for Zayat Stables, for $575,000 during the Sept. 17 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
The final Tapit yearling to be offered at the Keeneland September sale, and several individuals with significant upgrades in their female families, are among horses to keep an eye on during the Sept. 17 session that completes Book 2 of the auction.
Three colts sired by Pioneerof the Nile are among the top 10 pinhook prospects for the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale based on their respective purchase prices when they initially went through the sales ring as weanlings.
Sanford Stakes (gr. III) winner Bitumen and New York-bred Runaway Lute appear to be the top colts in Saratoga's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). The traditional curtain closer on the meet has a field of seven.
A Veneri Racing and Little Red Feather Racing's Midnight Storm put in a repeat performance on the Southern California grass Aug. 21 to win the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) in front-running fashion.
Powerhouse owners Stonestreet Stables and Coolmore Stud joined forces to buy a Pioneerof the Nile colt for $950,000 to top the Aug. 8 first day of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
A Pioneerof the Nile colt who was one of the last horses through the ring was sold for $950,000 to become the top-priced offering at the Aug. 8 first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.
There's something about the Del Mar turf course that brings out the best in A Venneri Racing and Little Red Feather Racing's Midnight Storm.
Rise of Empire Maker and his sons and grandsons is good for Cherokee Run as a broodmare sire.
Owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Julien Leparoux, completed an impressive 2-year-old stakes double July 2 at Churchill Downs.
A Pioneerof the Nile colt was the third horse through the ring to bring $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale March 2.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bittel Road||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Charlie's Moment||Walther Solis||
|I Want Revenge||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|Oil Man (IRE)||Gary C. Contessa||
|Papa Clem||Gary Stute||
|Pioneerof the Nile||William I. Mott||
|Shafted||Mark E. Casse||
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