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Kentucky Derby 2014 - Cairo Prince Pedigree Profile

Cairo Prince ruled the Holy Bull Stakes by 5 ¾ lengths on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.  His final time for the 1 1/16 mile event was 1:42.16, just a tick off of the track record set by River Seven this past December. His time was comparable to last year’s Holy Bull Stakes end time of 1:41.81 set by Itsmyluckyday, which was then a new stakes and track record.  Cairo Prince (Pioneerof the Nile - Holy Bubbette, by Holy Bull) is a whisker away from being undefeated and owns a 4-3-1-0 ($512,000) race record. He’s tied for first place on the 2014 Kentucky Derby leaderboard with Havana and Honor Code with 14 points.
The son of second-crop sire Pioneer of the Nile was bred by Richard & Katherine Elam.  He sold as a short yearling in the 2012 Keeneland January sale for $200,000 to Vinery Bloodstock & Whisper Hill Farm. The pretty gray colt was pinhooked eight months later in the 2012 Keeneland September Sale and sold for  $250,000 to  Namcook Stables, Paul Braverman,  Harvey Clarke, and  Craig Robertson III.  They sent the young Cairo Prince to Kiaran  McLaughlin for training.
Cairo Prince’s sire Pioneerof The Nile gave notice as a colt to watch on the Kentucky Derby trail with a determined nose victory in the 20008 CashCall Futurity over I Want Revenge.  The following year, the son of Empire Maker swept the California prep races, earning victories in the Robert B. Lewis, San Felipe and Santa Anita Derby.  Sent to the post of the Kentucky Derby at odds of 6-1, Pioneerof The Nile looked like a winner at the top of the stretch, but was passed on the inside by Mine That Bird.  The game colt held on for second by a nose over Musket Man on the tiring, sloppy track.  Pioneerof The Nile was again 6-1 in the Preakness, but was eased during the race and finished eleventh.  He suffered a tendon injury and was retired in July of 2009.
Pioneerof The Nile stands at WinStar for $20,000.  Only 36 of his 158 foals of racing age have started. Of those, 13 have won.  He has sired one graded stakes winner and one graded stakes placed runner.  Due to the exploits of Cairo Prince, Pioneerof The Nile is ranked #2 on the Second Crop Sire List in terms of earnings.  His offspring are proficient over dirt, turf and Polytrack and will develop their talent with age.
PIONEEROF THE NILE (Empire Maker - Star of Goshen, by Lord At War (ARG))
Pioneerof The Nile Cairo PrinceRace Record: 10-5-1-0 ($1,634,200)
Career highlights:
1st – Santa Anita Derby (G-1) 1 1/8 miles
1st – Cash Call Futurity (G-1) 1 1/16 miles
1st – Robert B. Lewis S. (G-2) 1 1/16 miles
1st – San Felipe S. (G-2) 1 1/16 miles
2nd –  Kentucky Derby (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
3rd – Breeders’ Futurity S.  (G-1) 1 1/16 miles
Female Family:
On the racetrack, Cairo Prince’s dam Holy Bubbette was a multiple stakes winning sprinter at six furlongs. She also placed in graded stakes company at seven furlongs.   Upon retirement, the gray mare set about producing winners. All four of her foals made it to the track and are winners.  Besides Cairo Prince, she bore his ¾ sister Nona Mia (by Empire Maker), who placed in the Frizette (G-1) and Tempted Stakes (G-3) at age two and the Loudonville Stakes at Saratoga as a three year old. Cairo Prince’s Ghostzapper half brother Holdin Bullets was third in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint.
Holy Bubbette is a half sister to Sum Runner (by Summing), winner of the Forward Gal (G-2) and Old Hat Stakes and she’s also a half sister to Oak Leaf Stakes (G-1) placed Ms. Louisett (by Siphon).  Cairo Prince’s second dam Juliac (by Sarnac and Withers Stakes winner Accipiter) was unplaced in her only start.  An interesting note to pedigree buffs is that the 1997 Holy Bull victor Arthur L is a distant relative of Cairo Prince, as they share the same fourth dam Hop N Skip (by Native Dancer). 
HOLY BUBETTE (Holy Bull - Juliac, by Accipiter)
Race Record: 13-6-2-0 ($240,995)
Career highlights:
1st –  Dixie Miss Stakes  6 furlongs
1st – Whimsical Stakes  6 furlongs
2nd –  Chaposa Springs Handicap (G-3)  7 furlongs
Cairo Prince Pedigree
Holy BullIt’s fitting that Cairo Prince won the race named in honor of his damsire in such spectacular fashion.  In 1994, HOLY BULL earned honors as Champion Three Year Old and Horse of the Year after a stellar campaign that included victories in the Florida Derby, Met Mile, Haskell Invitational, Travers and Woodward Stakes.  His only off the board finishes that year were a last place finish in the Fountain of Youth after setting a quick early pace and a twelfth place finish in the Kentucky Derby over a sloppy track.  The son of Great Above was favored in both races.  A fan favorite, Holy Bull was inducted into Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2001. In all, Holy Bull was successful at distances ranging from 5 ½ furlongs to 1 ¼ miles.
As a broodmare sire, Holy Bull has ranked in the top 75 since 2009. He’s currently ranked #15 in terms of earnings on the leading broodmare sire list. His daughters have produced 33 stakes winners worldwide and include Madison Stakes (G-1) heroine Dr Zic, Puerto Rican Group 1 winner My Great Love, plus Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint runner-up Judy the Beauty, Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Stakes winner and new sire Munnings, and El Cajon Stakes winner Holy Lute.  So far, none of the offspring of Holy Bull’s daughters have won a stakes beyond 1 1/8 miles on any surface.  As a sire, Holy Bull has one stakes winner a 1 ¼ miles, the Kentucky Derby long-shot winner Giacomo.  
Pioneerof The Nile’s babies look remarkably like their sire and Cairo Prince is no exception. They are leggy horses with good scope with well-angled shoulders. They aren’t overly muscular, but are filling out with age.  Cairo Prince has a smooth gait without any wasted movement.  
The question on everyone’s lips is – does Cairo Prince have what it takes to win the Kentucky Derby?  His pedigree is borderline for 1 ¼ miles. Now, before you start madly pounding away at your keyboard to make comments, hear me out.  Cairo Prince’s sire failed in his only attempt at ten furlongs. Granted, we don’t know how far his babies will run.  I expect, given Pioneerof The Nile’s pedigree, that he will get winners at classic distances.  However, the majority of Kentucky Derby winners all have one thing in common – their damsires have previous winners at 1 ¼ miles.  None of the offspring of Holy Bull’s daughters have won or placed in a stakes race at 1 ¼ miles or farther.
Could Cairo Prince be the first? Anything is possible.  His running style, conformation and temperament will have a lot of sway in the matter.  Cairo Prince fought valiantly in the Remsen Stakes and may have learned a valuable lesson that day. He demolished a promising field in the Holy Bull and will likely head to the  February 22 Fountain of Youth Stakes as the deserving favorite. In any regard, he’s certainly a colt to keep at the top of your early Kentucky Derby lists.


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Pioneerof the Nile stands at WinStar Farm.
I shudder to think how the twenty somethings of today with their quest, search and prolonged search to remaim complacent and un-educated...It is pitiful
Don't know who he is nor did I ever heard of him but I'm glad he knew you and validate my quote towards you!
These researchers are the leaders in their respective fields. You quote a page right out of Chris Mooney's good book The Republican War on Science
“Any fool can say they have a brilliant mind, criticize, condemn -and most do.” - zXSwordXz
THese are not MY assumptions but the accumulated work of many brilliant minds and researchers. If you decide not to be part of this ongoing revolution that is your business but blindness to the progress of science overtly claims ones ongoing ignornorance of the truth. Many people continue to live in their constructed dream world while the rest of enlightened society realizes that nothing stays the same, ever
Our understanding of ALL THINGS evolves with new discoveries. I used to have an old mediccal text from the 1900's and would laugh out loud with some of their description of hormonal problems due to living in "dark valleys" and the like. Research changes ones persepctives as new information retires the old dogma. Horse breeding theories are not too far removed from that same situation, never embracing what we know today as being markedly different, yet, just like any dogma, there is always going to be a faction steadfastily clining to outmoted principles.
@Travel_Vic - “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.” ― Isaac Asimov
TV, I really didn’t know that I was supposed to have an opinion of myself. I must admit that when it comes to dosage and breeding in general, I know very little as it has never really interested me like it does many others. That is one reason why I like and respect Lisa’s posts. Her knowledge of these subjects are, IMO, among the best on this site……As for “debating”, maybe that’s one of the problems on here. Debating is designed to have a winner and far too often when debating we get personal and demeaning to the extent that we become nasty. My major interest, other than history, statistics and a hobby interest in designing computer betting systems such as dutching programs, etc., and programs designed to capture statistical information, is mainly geared towards Class and trying to understand what Class really means. I think rather than treat our posts as a debate, we should look at them as more of a discussion where there is not supposed to be a winner, but rather an exchange of thoughts and ideas where at times we might learn something and possibly also teach something. JMO.
So bottom line, South African Babe Ruth would NOT have been the same :D
as always, in science, the "certainty" of one generations understanding of a field of science becomes far less than certain with new information reshaping our understanding
Wicked Strong gets a pass from me, too. Gate antics are never a good thing, but I think he'll bounce back just fine.
or finally “The difference between genetics and epigenetics can probably be compared to the difference between writing and reading a book. Once a book is written, the text (the genes or DNA: stored information) will be the same in all the copies distributed to the interested audience. However, each individual reader of a given book may interpret the story slightly differently, with varying emotions and projections as they continue to unfold the chapters. In a very similar manner, epigenetics would allow different interpretations of a fixed template (the book or genetic code) and result in different read-outs, dependent upon the variable conditions under which this template is interrogated.” Thomas Jenuwein (Vienna, Austria)
“I would take a picture of a computer and say that the hard disk is like DNA, and then the programmes are like the epigenome. You can access certain information from the hard disk using the programmes on the computer. But there are certain password protected areas and those which are open. I would say we’re trying to understand why there are passwords for certain regions and why other regions are open.“ Jörn Walter (Saarland, Germany)
“DNA is just a tape carrying information, and a tape is no good without a player. Epigenetics is about the tape player.” Bryan Turner (Birmingham, UK) a primer on epigenetics which shows how much we still have to learn about the interplay between what the DNA contains and what the orgranism expresses
Cairo Prince was well worked by Luis in the strech to maintain that lead. The good ones don't need that kind of encouragement. His next race will tell the tale. Wiched strong just never showed up. He gets one more chance but must win.
Glad I was told about him acting up like that, Laz. I do consider that a reason to throw out a race. Will look for gate works coming up for him.
My take on Wicked Strong Mary is his race is a complete throwout. When a horse who has being doing well and shows up in every race and then suddenly shows absolutely nothing, the last thing that I think is that he was out classed or wasn't good enough. He could run in this same race next week and possibly even win it.
Laz you certainly have low regard of your own content if you are incapable of challenging assertions that you do not agree with. COme on this is debate not war

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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   


In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.


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