Another debut winner for Pioneerof the Nile

Posted to: Pioneerof the Nile Thursday, July 11, 2013
Freshman sire Pioneerof the Nile is off to a white-hot start with his first foals. Just five days after River Dancer gave his sire his first winner at Belmont Park, Ari the Adventurer rolled to a 6 3/4-length maiden special weight victory over the same track.

Pioneerof the Nile, whose offspring have been a big hit in the sales rings as well, has a reported 94 2-year-old foals. His first two winners have put him squarely in the top 10 on the Freshman Sire list.

Pioneerof the Nile showed similar precociousness when he carried the Zayat colors, winning the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity and finishing third in the Grade 1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity.

Ari the Adventurer was never really threatened in the 5 1/2-furlong dash, setting a brisk pace of :45.12 for the half-mile with a two length lead, then drawing away with ease in the stretch to hit the wire in 1:03.05, just a second off the track record.

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Stonestreet Stables, the bay filly was a $350,000 purchase by her owner at the OBS Select 2-year-old sale this March. She is out of Wild Catseye, who won the New Jersey Futurity during her 2-year-old season.