12/18/2012 5:41PM

Pioneerof the Nile, Maimonides move to WinStar for 2013


Kentucky-based stallions Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides will relocate to WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., for the 2013 season, majority owner Ahmed Zayat announced Tuesday. Both young stallions previously stood at Vinery Ltd. in Lexington, Ky.

Pioneerof the Nile, a two-time Grade 1 winner whose first foals will be 2-year-olds in 2013, will stand for $15,000 when the foal stands and nurses, the same fee he stood for in 2012. Maimonides, whose first foals will also race in 2013, will stand for $2,500, down from his 2012 fee of $3,500 at Vinery.

Pioneerof the Nile, a 6-year-old by Empire Maker, won five of 10 starts in his career and earned more than $1.6 million. He is out of the stakes-winning Lord at Ware mare Star of Goshen and is a half-brother to multiple graded stakes-placed Forefathers. The stallion enjoyed success with his first crop of yearlings in 2012, registering a $75,689 average from 57 sold, which ranked second to Colonel John among first-crop sires. Vinery will maintain a partial ownership in Pioneerof the Nile.

“We’re thrilled to stand Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides, who are both nice additions to our expanded and diverse 2013 stallion roster,” WinStar President and CEO Elliott Walden said. “During the [2012 Keeneland] September sale, I watched the results because ‘Pioneer’ was breathing down Colonel John’s neck for leading average by a freshman sire. The two of them ran away from the pack. I started studying [Pioneerof the Nile’s] stock and was extremely impressed by their athleticism and class.”

Maimonides won the first of his two career starts at two in 2007 before being sidelined with minor ailments, and was eventually retired to Vinery Florida in 2009. The 7-year-old son of Vindication was a $4.6 million purchase by Zayat at the Keeneland September yearling sale and is a half-brother to Grade 1 winners and sires Roman Ruler and El Corredor and to Grade 3 winner Silver Tornado.

“I am proud that Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides will stand alongside [Grade 1 winner and classic-placed] Bodemeister at WinStar Farm,” Zayat said. “Elliott Walden and his team have done a tremendous job already with Bodemeister’s first book at stud, and I am confident that both Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides will benefit under their management.”