Pioneerof the Nile, Maimonides to WinStar
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 12/18/2012 4:52:22 PM
Last Updated: 12/19/2012 12:54:34 PM

Pioneerof the Nile   and Maimonides  , two Kentucky-based stallions owned in majority by Zayat Stables, have been moved to Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., to stand in 2013.

Pioneerof the Nile will stand for $15,000 stands and nurses, and Maimonides' fee is $2,500 stands and nurses.

"We're thrilled to stand Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides, who are both nice additions to our expanded and diverse 2013 stallion roster," said Elliott Walden, WinStar president and CEO.

"I am proud that Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides will stand alongside (fellow newcomer) Bodemeister   at WinStar Farm," said Ahmed Zayat. "Elliott and his team have done a tremendous job already with Bodemeister's first book at stud, and I am confident both Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides will benefit under their management."

Pioneerof the Nile, a dual grade I winner, and grade I stakes-placed Maimonides formerly stood in Kentucky at Vinery.

"Even though we are sad to see these two horses leave, we are extremely excited about staying in on Pioneerof the Nile, and look forward to racing his babies," said Vinery president Tom Ludt. "We've had many offers to buy our shares, and we are holding every one of them."

Six-year-old Pioneerof the Nile (Empire MakerStar of Goshen, by Lord At War) enjoyed success with his first crop of yearlings in 2012. His yearlings averaged $75,689 from 57 sold, giving the millionaire runner the second-highest average among all sires with first yearlings in 2012. Pioneerof the Nile had five yearlings sell for $200,000 or more, including a $250,000 colt at Keeneland September. His first 2-year-olds will race in 2013.

Seven-year-old Maimonides (VindicationSilvery Swan, by Silver Deputy), a half brother to grade I winners El Corredor   and Roman Ruler  , also will have his first 2-year-olds hit the track in 2013.



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