Pioneerof the Nile, Maimonides added to WinStar stallion roster

Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides, two Kentucky-based stallions owned in majority by Zayat Stables, have been moved to WinStar Farm to stand the upcoming 2013 breeding season. Pioneerof the Nile will stand for a fee of $15,000 stands and nurses, and Maimonides will stand for $2,500 stands and nurses.


“I am proud that Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides will stand alongside Bodemeister at WinStar Farm,” owner Ahmed Zayat said in a release. “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.”


Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides both formerly stood in Kentucky at Vinery, Ltd. Maimonides was originally slated to stand at Vinery Kentucky for 2013 upon the closing of Vinery’s  Florida division in Summerfield.

Dr. Tom Simon announced in late August that he was looking to sell Vinery’s US operations.


“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,” said Tom Ludt, President of Vinery. “We’ve had many offers to buy our shares, and we are holding every one of them.”


Pioneerof the Nile enjoyed sales success with his first crop of yearlings in 2012. His yearlings averaged $78,261 from 51 sold, giving the multiple Grade I-winning son of Empire Maker the second highest average among all sires with first yearlings in 2012. Pioneerof the Nile had five yearlings sell for over $200,000, including a $250,000 colt at Keeneland September. His first 2-year-olds will race in 2013.


A $4.6 million purchase at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale, Maimonides is  a Grade I-placed half-brother to El Corredor and Roman Ruler and will also have first 2-year-olds hit the track in 2013. The son of Vindication is out of the Silver Deputy mare Silvery Swan.


“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.”


For more information of Pioneerof the Nile or Maimonides, please contact Gerry Duffy or Chance Timm at 859-873-1717.