Weyburn shocked spectators by winning the Gotham Stakes (G3) by a nose at odds of 46/1, but returned to finish an uninspiring fourth in the Wood Memorial (G1).
After this, it was reported that his connections had decided to skip the Kentucky Derby and will aim for the Belmont Stakes in June instead.
2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby
Mixed start for Weyburn
The family-owned and operated Chiefswood Stables Limited in Canada has a goal of breeding and racing horses for the classic races. They began the venture in 2000 and have campaigned seven graded winners.
A late bloomer, Pioneerof the Nile gathered a four-race win-streak, sweeping the Cash Call Futurity, Robert B. Lewis Stakes, San Felipe Stakes and the Santa Anita Derby as a three-year old. The Bob Baffert trainee put in a strong effort in the 2009 Kentucky Derby but finished second to shock winner Mine That Bird.
Pioneerof the Nile is represented by 37 stakes winners, including 2016 Champion Two-Year-Old, Classic Empire, who placed fourth in the Kentucky Derby after a troubled trip. He then finished a heartbreaking second, beaten by a head, in the Preakness Stakes.
Weyburn is the second stakes winner from the unraced Sunday Affair. His half-brother Yorkton is a multiple Grade Three-winning sprinter in Canada, while another half-brother, Nipigon, has placed in multiple stakes from a mile to one-and-an-eighth miles.