Pioneerof The Nile to cover Distaff winner

Stopchargingmaria: won the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes as a three-year-old

PICTURE: Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos Pioneerof The Nile to cover Distaff winner By Ollie O'Donoghue 7:02PM 20 DEC 2016

BREEDERS' Cup Distaff winner Stopchargingmaria will be sent to Pioneerof The Nile, having sold as a broodmare prospect for $2,800,000 to Three Chimneys Farm at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Kentucky.

The five-year-old daughter of Tale Of The Cat is out of Exotic Bloom, a half-sister to stakes winner on turf See Tobe, and granddaughter of stakes winner Abidjan.

Stopchargingmaria was trained by Todd Pletcher and raced from two to five, and in her juvenile campaign won the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes and Grade 3 Tempted Stakes. She continued her good run of form at three winning both the Grade 1 American Oaks and Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga.

Her four-year-old campaign saw her win two Group 3 races and earn her biggest success in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, when beating the three-year-old Stellar Wind by a neck. She was also narrowly beaten in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes twice.

Pioneerof The Nile, who stands at WinStar Farm at a fee of $110,000, is the sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Jacob West, director of bloodstock services at Three Chimneys Farm, told the Daily Racing Form: "She beat a litany of fillies in the Distaff that were just incredible. The race record speaks for itself, the pedigree speaks for itself. Tale of the Cat has gotten off to a phenomenal start as a broodmare sire, so we’re just excited to have her."

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