A colt from the first crop of Pioneerof the Nile made a record-breaking $525,000 at the Ocala June 2YO Sale in Florida this week.
The previous sale record price was $350,000 for an Elusive Quality colt sold last year.
Bred in Kentucky by Dixiana Farms, the colt was purchased by Illinois-based Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell of Conquest Stables. From the stakes-placed mare Early Vintage (Jump Start), he was a $42,000 yearling out of the Lane’s End consignment at last year’s Keeneland September Sale.
“We liked the way he worked and galloped out,” said Semersky. “He has a beautiful stride, and the colt has distance on both sides of the pedigree.”
Conquest Stables, on the advice of trainer Mark Casse, was the leading buyer for the sale spending $1.36 million of six lots.
Group 1 winner Pioneerof the Nile will start his stud career at Vinery in Kentucky next year.
Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker) retired to Vinery Kentucky in 2010. He was a G1 winner of the CashCall Futurity and Santa Anita Derby and was also runner-up in the Kentucky Derby.
The two-day Ocala June Sale saw 426 juveniles sell for a record $14.42 million and the average rose 35% to $33,859. The clearance rate dipped 3 points to 76%.
Australasian shuttlers with lots sold and their averages were;
Bernardini (Darley) – 2 @ $76,000
Big Brown (Vinery) – 1 @ $55,000
Congrats (Vinery) – 5 @ $26,600
Frost Giant (Yarradale) – 1 @ $9,500
Henny Hughes (Rangeview) – 3 @ $38,667
Henrythenavigator (Coolmore) – 1 @ $15,000
More Than Ready (Vinery) – 1 @ $90,000
Ready’s Image (Lincoln Farm) – 2 @ $43,500
Red Giant (Westbury) – 2 @ $76,750
Street Boss (Darley) – 3 @ $45,000
War Chant (Yarradale) – 3 @ $28,000