Pioneerof the Nile colt paces early action at Fasig-Tipton July

A dark bay colt by WinStar Farm stallion Pioneerof the Nile set the early standard at Monday’s Fasig-Tipton July select yearling sale, bringing a final bid of $260,000 Monday morning.

John Moynihan, agent for Stonestreet Stables, signed the ticket for the colt who was consigned by Gainesway and is out of the Silver Deputy mare Honolulu Heat. A Grade I winner on the track, Pioneerof the Nile has three winners from his first six starters including the Stonestreet-owned filly Ari the Adventurer,  who broke her maiden by 6 3/4 lengths going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Belmont Park on July 11.

“He’s a real pretty horse,” Moynihan said. “He looks like he’ll be early and fast like the one that just won for us last week. We thought we’d take another chance. We’re believers somewhat in the stallion.”

Brian Graves of Gainesway originally purchased the colt for $40,000 under the name Clear Ridge Stables at the 2012 Keeneland November mixed sale.

“I was really excited to get him,” Graves recalled of the colt. “He was in a later book but I saw the horse and I loved him. I thought he would cost a bit more but we got lucky and found a nice horse. Since then Pioneerof the Nile has produced a lot of winners from his first starters. I’m flattered that the horse people who landed on him were on him.

“He started out good and finished out better,” Graves continued. “He had a little bit of extra swing to his step when he walked and he just developed more and more and just gotten stronger. Just a very athletic colt.