09/30/2009 12:00AM

Pioneerofthe Nile's fee set at $20K


Two-time Grade 1 winner and millionaire Pioneerof the Nile will enter stud in 2010 with a $20,000 fee, Vinery has announced.

The winner of the CashCall Futurity and Santa Anita Derby this year, Pioneerof the Nile retired to Vinery in September. The Lexington, Ky., farm is in the process of syndicating the 3-year-old Empire Maker colt.

Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables campaigned Pioneerof the Nile. A $290,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, the colt went on to win half his 10 starts for earnings of more than $1.6 million. He also was runner-up to Mine That Bid in the 2009 Kentucky Derby.