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Pioneerof The Nile - Santa Anita - 2009Pioneerof The Nile: first two-year-olds by the Grade 1 winner race in 2013   PICTURE: Getty Images  

Zayat stallions move from Vinery to WinStar

WINSTAR Farm in Kentucky has added two new names to its 2013 roster in Pioneerof The Nile and Maimonides. The pair are owned in majority by Zayat Stables and were originally slated to stand the 2013 season at Vinery in Kentucky.

Pioneerof The Nile, winner of the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity and Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, retired to Vinery in 2010. The son of Empire Maker is represented by his first two-year-olds next year.

Maimonides, a son of Vindication who ran third in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes in his second and final start, has stood the past three seasons at Vinery in Florida. He will also be represented by his first two-year-olds next year.

"I am proud that Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides will stand alongside Bodemeister at WinStar Farm," said Ahmed Zayat. "Elliott (Walden) 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."

Tom Ludt, president of Vinery, said: "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.

"We've had many offers to buy our shares, and we are holding every one of them."

Pioneerof the Nile will stand for a fee of $15,000 stands and nurses, and Maimonides will stand for $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 & CEO.

"During the (Keeneland) September sale, I watched the results everyday 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 was an expensive yearling that broke his maiden as impressively as you'll see at Saratoga.

"Mr. Zayat has a reputation for having quality horses, and we look forward to working with him on building onto the stallion careers of Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides."




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