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Pioneerof the Nile - My Tina, by Bertrando
2011, DK B, Height:
Brilliantly-Fast G1 Winner by PIONEEROF THE NILE
  • Fast winner of the Shoemaker Mile [G1] at Santa Anita, defeating Breeders’ Cup Mile [G1] winner TOURIST

  • From North America’s hottest sire line and by emerging top sire PIONEEROF THE NILE, sire of Triple Crown Champion AMERICAN PHAROAH, Champion 2YO Colt CLASSIC EMPIRE, leading freshman yearling sales sire CAIRO PRINCE, etc.

  • Joins AMERICAN PHAROAH as the only sons of PIONEEROF THE NILE with 6 or more Beyer performances of 105+
  • Striking speed: gate-to-wire mile wins of 1:33 1/51:33 2/51:33 4/5
  • Durable & sound: 7-time GSW with Graded wins each of the last 4 years — San Pasqual S. [G2] on dirt, Native Diver S. [G3] on dirt, Del Mar Derby [G2] on turf, Seabiscuit H. [G2] on turf, Eddie Read S. [G2] on turf, & Del Mar Mile H. [G2] on turf.
  • Also on the board in the Santa Anita Gold Cup [G1] and Oaklawn H. [G2] on dirt, and the Breeders’ Cup Mile [G1] and Shoemaker Mile [G1] on turf.
  • Brilliantly fast & classy no matter the surface: 110 & 109 Beyer Speed on Turf, 107 & 106 Beyer Speed on Dirt
  • The fastest G1 turf miler in a dozen years by Beyer Speed Figures, along with champions TEPIN & WISE DAN
  • Retired with earnings of $1,783,110

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By: Alan Porter

A brilliant grade one winning miler, Midnight Storm captured seven graded stakes, proving equally outstanding on dirt and turf. An earner of over $1,700,000, Midnight Storm ran nine triple digit Beyer Speedfigures – seven consecutively – with a high of 110, defeating such as Tourist, Hard Aces, Accelerate, Ring Weekend, Imperative, Om, Ashleyluvssugar, Finnegans Wake, Heart to Heart, Flamboyant, Bal a Bali and Falco.

From the first crop of classic runner and Triple Crown sire, Pioneerof the Nile, Midnight Storm has an outcross pedigree that leaves him open to be bred to mares from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Pioneerof the Nile sired Triple Crown hero American Pharoah and Champion Two-Year-Old Classic Empire out of mares by sons of Storm Cat, a horse who has also worked well under Pioneerof the Nile’s sire, Empire Maker. American Pharoah is out of a mare by Yankee Gentleman, a three-quarters brother to Tribal Rule, and Classic Empire is out of a mare by Cat Thief. Empire Maker has sired grade one winners Bodemeister and In Lingerie out of mares by Storm Cat himself, and also has a graded winner out of a mare by Forestry (sire of Discreet Cat), and a stakes winner out of a mare by Giant’s Causeway (sire of First Samurai, and a brother to Freud). Forestry looks good here, as his granddam is something of a reverse cross to Fappiano, and he combines well with that strain. Forestry son, Discreet Cat brings in Believe It, a three-quarters relative to the granddam of Unbridled.

Harlan’s Holiday (by Harlan, also sire of Menifee) and Bernstein, are Storm Cat/Exclusive Native crosses as is the dam of American Pharoah. Harlan’s Holiday is sire of Into Mischief and Shanghai Bobby (whose daughters eventually might be a good fit here). The dam of Classic Empire is a Storm Cat/Mr. Prospector cross, like Tale of the Cat (sire of Lion Heart), Pure Prize, Scat Daddy (by Johannesburg, a son of Hennessy, as is Henny Hughes), Storm Creek and Sea of Secrets. Forest Wildcat is very similar to a Storm Cat/Mr. Prospector cross as his broodmare sire is Bold Native, a close relative to Mr. Prospector). His son, Wildcat Heir, will bring in Pentelicus, a three-quarters brother to Unbridled. Other sources of Storm Cat are Stormy Atlantic, Stormin Fever, Sir Cat, Bluegrass Cat and Van Nistelrooy.

Storm Cat is a Northern Dancer line stallion, and from another branch of Northern Dancer, Pioneerof the Nile has graded stakes winner Levante Lion out of a mare by Ghostzapper (by Awesome Again), who gives inbreeding to Relaunch. He also has stakes winner Courtier out of a mare by Touch Gold. These are both from the Deputy Minister line, which might also be brought in through Dehere, Silver Deputy (sire of Posse), Salt Lake and French Deputy. Empire Maker has sired nine stakes winners out of mares from the Danzig branch of Northern Dancer, including a grade one winner out of a mare by Danzig himself, and graded winners out of mares by Belong To Me (a Northern Dancer/Exclusive Native cross, like the dam of American Pharoah), Pine Bluff and Polish Numbers. Among other Danzig branches that could be considered including Chief’s Crown (sire of Concerto; grandsire of Bellamy Road), Hard Spun, Exchange Rate, Dayjur, Langfuhr and War Front (who would be particularly interesting, as he gives inbreeding to Fappiano through Unbridled and Rubiano, which should work well).

Empire Maker has enjoyed considerable success with A.P. Indy line mares, the cross most notably producing three-time Eclipse Award winner, Royal Delta. Pioneerof the Nile has sired graded stakes winner Dark Nile out of a mare by Bernardini (particularly interesting, as he gives inbreeding to Fappiano through Unbridled and Quiet American) and a multiple stakes winner out of a mare by Jump Start (bred on a similar cross to Sky Mesa). Sky Mesa is by Pulpit, whose son, Tapit, is bred rather like Bernardini and would fit well here, as he has both Unbridled and a sister to Relaunch in his dam, and is sire of Concord Point, Trappe Shot and Tapizar. Other A.P. Indy line sources include, Flatter (broodmare sire of an Empire Maker line stakes winner), his brother, Congrats, and the similarly-bred Malibu Moon and Mineshaft (sire of Discreetly Mine), as well as Old Trieste (broodmare sire of a stakes winner by Empire Maker), Stephen Got Even, and Golden Missile.

Pioneerof the Nile’s classic performer, Social Inclusion, is out of a mare by Saint Ballado, from the Halo line. Saint Ballado is sire of Saint Liam, Yankee Victor, Captain Bodgit, Sweetsouthernsaint, Straight Man and Flame Thrower. Saint Ballado is also a brother to Devil’s Bag, and introducing him through such as Diablo, Devil His Due or Twilight Agenda From another branch of Halo, Pioneerof the Nile is sire of graded stakes winner Vinceramos out of a mare by More Than Ready.

Pioneerof the Nile has multiple graded stakes winner Cash Control out of a mare by Blushing Groom son, Mt. Livermore, a horse who frequently does well with Fappiano, the sire of Housebuster, Orientate and Peaks and Valleys. From the Blushing Groom line also, there is also a stakes winner out of a mare by Yonaguska, a son of Cherokee Run – himself broodmare sire of a graded stakes winner by a son of Empire Maker – and also sire of Kafwain and War Pass. Another Blushing Groom son, Rahy, is out of a sister to Saint Ballado and Devil’s Bag, and might work well here.

Pioneerof the Nile’s multiple graded stakes winner, Cairo Prince, is out of a mare by Holy Bull (a horse with a Rough’Tumble/Intentionally/Aspidistra background similar to that of Unbridled), and it could be well worth consider mares by his sons, Macho Uno (a half-brother to Awesome Again, whose son, Ghostzapper is the broodmare sire of a Pioneerof the Nile graded stakes winner) and Flashy Bull (who should be good, as he is out of a mare by Mt. Livermore).

In general, neither Pioneerof the Nile, nor Empire Maker, have responded particularly well to Mr. Prospector line mares. Pioneerof the Nile has two stakes winners from 20 starters out of mares by sons of Mr. Prospector, and 0 stakes winners from 29 starters out of mares by grandsons of Mr. Prospector).

Pioneerof the Nile does have graded stakes winning and grade one placed Jojo Warrior out of a mare by Carson City, who would appeal through City Zip (out of a Relaunch mare, and a half-brother to Ghostzapper, the broodmare sire of a Pioneerof the Nile stakes winner). Carson City is also sire of Boone’s Mill, Cuvee, Five Star Day, Flying Chevron, Good And Tough, Hear No Evil, Pollard’s Vision and Lord Carson. Empire Maker has also for stakes winners, one grade one, from mares the Seeking the Gold branch of Mr. Prospector, which would suggest trying daughters of Mutakddim, Petionville and Cape Town. Pioneerof the Nile also has a stakes winner out of a mare by Pioneering, a Mr. Prospector half-brother to Storm Cat, and Empire Maker also has a stakes winner out of a mare by Mr. Prospector son, Kingmambo, sire of Lemon Drop Kid.

Midnight Storm is out of a mare by Bertrando, a son of Skywalker, from the Relaunch branch of In Reality. There are 11 stakes winners with inbreeding to Relaunch where Skywalker supplies a strain, and this suggests trying mares by Tiznow and sons such as Tiz Wonderful and Colonel John, and Honour and Glory, sire of Put It Back. Empire Maker has a stakes winner out of a mare by another In Reality son, Known Fact, and it could also be worth considering introducing In Reality through Valid Appeal, sire of Successful Appeal, Valid Wager and Valid Expectations.

Unbridled did well when crossed over Caro mares, and there is a suggestion that an extended version of that cross is working for the Empire Maker line. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is by a son of Empire Maker out of a mare by In Excess (sire of Indian Charlie; grandsire of Uncle Mo) and there are two Empire Maker line stakes winners out of mares by Alphabet Soup, by Cozzene, also sire of Mizzen Mast.

Pedigree for MIDNIGHT STORM

Dosage: DP = 2-3-3-0-0 (8) DI = 4.33 CD = 0.88
PIONEEROF THE NILE (USA)
dkb/br. 2006
EMPIRE MAKER (USA)
dkb/br. 2000
UNBRIDLED (USA)
b. 1987 [BI]
FAPPIANO (USA)
GANA FACIL (USA)
TOUSSAUD (USA)*
dkb/br. 1989
EL GRAN SENOR (USA)
IMAGE OF REALITY (USA)
STAR OF GOSHEN (USA)
b. 1994
LORD AT WAR (ARG)
ch. 1980
GENERAL (FR)
LUNA DE MIEL (ARG)
CASTLE EIGHT (USA)
dkb/br. 1984
KEY TO THE KINGDOM (USA)
HER NATIVE (USA)
MY TINA (USA)
dkb/br. 2001
BERTRANDO (USA)
dkb/br. 1989
SKYWALKER (USA)
br. 1982
RELAUNCH (USA)
BOLD CAPTIVE (USA)
GENTLE HANDS (USA)
b. 1979
BUFFALO LARK (USA)
THREE RED BELLS (USA)
ASK DIRECTIONS (USA)
dkb/br. 1983
DARBY CREEK ROAD (USA)
dkb/br. 1975
ROBERTO (USA)
ON THE TRAIL (USA)
KHAL ON ME (USA)
dkb/br. 1973
VERTEX (USA)
FREE TO KHAL (USA)


MIDNIGHT STORM modified: 12/6/2017

Performance Record for MIDNIGHT STORM

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
3 7 3 (1) 2 0 $285,810
4 6 2 (1) 1 (1) 0 $276,300
5 7 4 (4) 0 1 (1) $779,000
6 5 1 (1) 2 (2) 1 (1) $382,000
Totals 27 10 (7) 5 (2) 2 (2) $1,783,110


Won at 3
  • Del Mar Derby at Del Mar (G2, 9f, turf, by 3 ¼ lengths, defeating Sawyer’s Hill, Talco (FR), Sammy Mandeville, Home Run Kitten, Enterprising, Aventador (FR), Flamboyant (FR))
  • An allowance race at Del Mar (8f, turf, defeating Home School (IRE), Toowindytohaulrox, Taelyns Prince, Clever Royal, Clovelly, Celtic Moon)
  • A maiden special weight race at Santa Anita Park (7f, defeating Hall of Fame, Soul Crusher, Candy’s Shoes, Cognoscente, King Ptolemy, Crux, Native Ride, Secure Dividend)
Won at 4
  • Seabiscuit H. at Del Mar (G2, 8.5f, turf, defeating Bal a Bali (BRZ), Toowindytohaulrox, Seek Again, Macro Access (ARG), Big Bane Theory, Alert Bay, Avanzare, Abbey Vale (IRE))
  • An allowance race at Santa Anita Park (8f, turf, by 7 ¾ lengths, defeating Gabriel Charles, Global View, Super Ability, Cummings Road, You Know I Know, Flamboyant (FR), Fly Lexis Fly, Chief Lion)
2nd at 4
  • Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita Park (G1, 8f, turf, by a 1/2 length to Talco (FR), defeating Seek Again, Winning Prize (ARG), Bal a Bali (BRZ))
Won at 5
  • Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita Park (G1, 8f, turf, defeating Tourist, Twentytwentyvision, Heart to Heart, Cape Wolfe, Home Run Kitten)
  • Eddie Read S. at Santa Anita Park (G2, 9f, turf, defeating Ashleyluvssugar, Flamboyant (FR), Si Sage (FR), Finnegans Wake, Patentar (FR), Texas Ryano, Ohio (BRZ), Bolo)
  • Del Mar Mile H. at Del Mar (G2, 8f, turf, defeating Om, Ohio, Ambitious Brew, Little Curlin)
  • Native Diver S. at Del Mar (G3, 9f, by 7 ¾ lengths, defeating Point Piper, Hard Aces, Blue Tone, Pretentious, Imperative, Ebadan (IRE))
3rd at 5
  • Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita Park (G1, 8f, turf, to Tourist, Tepin, defeating, Ironicus, Miss Temple City, Limato (IRE), Ring Weekend, Cougar Mountain (IRE), Hit It a Bomb, Alice Springs (IRE), Spectre (FR), Dutch Connection (GB), Photo Call (IRE), What a View)
Won at 6
  • San Pasqual S. at Santa Anita Park (G2, 8.5f in 1:40.65, defeating Accelerate, Dalmore, Prospect Park)
2nd at 6
  • Santa Anita H. at Santa Anita (G1, 10f, to Shaman Ghost, defeating Follow Me Crev, Hi Happy (ARG), Isotherm, Hard Aces, Twentytwentyvision, Gangster, Imperative)
  • Awesome Again S. at Santa Anita (G1, 9f, to Mubtaahij (IRE), defeating Win the Space, Cupid, Breaking Lucky, Curlin Rules, Donworth)
3rd at 6
  • Oaklawn H. at Oaklawn Park (G1, 9f, to Inside Straight, Domain’s Rap, defeating Madefromlucky, Goats Town, Texas Chrome, Cutacorner)