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Injury sends Pioneerof the Nile into retirement

July 9, 2009 |  2:03 pm

Nile_240 Pioneerof the Nile, the second-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, has been retired because of a soft-tissue injury to his left front leg, according to

Trained by Bob Baffert, Pioneerof the Nile won four consecutive graded stakes, including the Santa Anita Derby.

Injuries have hindered this year's 3-year-old crop of horses. I Want Revenge, the morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby, was scratched because of a foot injury. A cracked hoof knocked out another Derby hopeful, Quality Road.

Pioneerof the Nile, owned by Zayat Stables, is a son of Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker and will be sent to stud duty.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Pioneerof the Nile, trained by Bob Baffert, gets a morning workout. Photo: Rob Carr / Associated Press