Kentucky-based stallions Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides will relocate from Vinery to WinStar Farm for the 2013 season. Both stallions are owned by Ahmed Zayat and their first two year-olds will debut in 2013.
Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker) was trained by Bob Baffert to win the G1 CashCall Futurity and G1 Santa Anita Derby and was also runner-up in the G1 Kentucky Derby. His first-crop averaged $75,689 at the yearling sales this year.
Maimonides (Vindication) won on debut at two in 2007 but was then sidelined by injuries. He was a $4.60 million purchase at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale and is a half-brother to G1 winning sires Roman Ruler and El Corredor.
The stallion transfers were announced a day after Stonestreet Farm owner Barbara Banke purchased Vinery’s training facility in Florida. The 220-acre property housed several of Stonestreet’s major stakes winners including 2011 Champion 2YO Filly My Miss Aurelia and G1 winner Dreaming of Julia.
In August, Vinery owner Tom Simon revealed he would sell his USA operations. Vinery Australia is a separate business owned by a partnership and wasn’t included in the dispersal.