Dual grade I winner and first-crop sire Pioneerof the Nile
saw his first winner May 12 as juvenile filly Zarnica
won her first start in a 1,000-meter race in Russia at the Rostov-On-Don Hippodrome
Trained by Oleg Kravchenko, the filly crossed the wire in 1:06.15.
Zarnica was bred in Kentucky by Betz, Needham, Lamantia, Blackburn, and Halecky. Offered for sale at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale, she was purchased for $30,000 by Raut on behalf of owners Stud Farm 711. Zarnica is out of French Line
, by Boundary
, who counts stakes winner Song Warrior
among her four winners from six starters.
Pioneerof the Nile is a 7-year-old son of Empire Maker, out of Star of Goshen, by Lord At War.
As a juvenile, the Zayat Stables homebred won the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Betfair Hollywood Park
finished third in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland
. He won three graded stakes during his 3-year-old campaign, including the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) behind Mine That Bird
. Pioneerof the Nile was retired later that year after finishing unplaced in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
He ended his career with earnings of $1,634,200 and a record of 5-1-1 from his 10 starts. Pioneerof the Nile stands at Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $15,000.