09/10/2009 12:00AM

Maimonides to stand for Vinery in Florida


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Vinery has added another Zayat Stables runner to its stallion roster.

The Kentucky-based breeding operation announced Thursday that it will add the 4-year-old Maimonides to its Florida division. On Wednesday, the Kentucky division picked up Pioneerof the Nile for stud duty from Zayat Stables.

Maimonides was third in the Grade 1 Hopeful at 2 in 2007. He retires from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's barn with a maiden win from two starts. He bucked shins after the Hopeful, according to owner Ahmed Zayat, who said the colt had bad luck but was "the best horse I have ever owned. Period."

"We wanted to give him as much time as he needed, but he had just had bad luck," Zayat said. "He is a horse with unfulfilled potential, but I hope that he will be able to prove himself in the breeding shed like his siblings El Corredor and Roman Ruler."

A son of Vindication and Silvery Swan, Maimonides is a half-brother to El Corredor and Roman Ruler. He sold to Zayat Stables for $4.6 million at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale.

His fee hasn't been set yet.