Pioneer of the Nile schooling at Santa Anita 3/2/09.
Impressive doesn't begin to describe how Derby hopeful Pioneer of the Nile looked schooling during the second race at Santa Anita Thursday. The colt looked spectacular -- all dappled and fit, nicely filled out, relaxed and very well behaved.
Pioneer of the Nile faces The Pamplemousse, Chocolate Candy, and seven other three-year-olds in the 72nd running of the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, the final California prep race for the Kentucky Derby on May 2nd. In his last start, Pioneer of the Nile won the San Felipe Stakes for an enthusiastic St. Patrick's Day celebration crowd.