Friday, February 6, 2009

Pioneer of the Nile on the Derby Trail

I watched Pioneer of the Nile schooling during the 1st race at Santa Anita Thursday for trainer Bob Baffert. This big, handsome Empire Maker colt looks more like a "jock" than any horse I've ever seen! If he were human, he'd be the most popular basketball player strutting onto the court before the big game.

Pioneer of the Nile takes the next step on the Derby trail tomorrow in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita, at a mile and a sixteenth. He faces eight other contenders, including Bittel Road, I Want Revenge, Brother Keith and Shafted.


Amateurcapper said...

In your opinion, does he look better than THE PAMPLEMOUSSE? Or, are they hard to separate?
PIONEER OF THE NILE looks perfectly balanced for a 3y.o.; long and lean through the torso to limit undue pressure on his legs w/ powerful shoulders and hind, not overmuscled, on top of long legs. Very impressive, thanks for the video.

Mary Forney's Blog said...

They are REALLY hard to separate! But you're right on about Pioneer, who is incredibly impressive to see.

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