Jet Pilot

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Jet Pilot
Sire Blenheim II
Grandsire Blandford
Dam Black Wave
Damsire Sir Gallahad III
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1944
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Arthur B. Hancock & Nydrie Stud
Owner Maine Chance Farm. Racing silks: Cerise, white sash, blue cuffs on sleeves, cerise cap.
Trainer Tom Smith
Record 17: 7-3-2
Earnings $198,740
Major wins
Pimlico Nursery Stakes (1946)
National Stallion Stakes (1946)
Pimlico Futurity (1946)
Tremont Stakes (1946)
Kentucky Derby (1947)
Jamaica Handicap (1947)
Last updated on March 5, 2007

Jet Pilot (1944–c.1965) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the Kentucky Derby in 1947.

Background[edit]

Jet Pilot was sired by the 1930 Epsom Derby winner, Blenheim, out of the mare Black Wave, a daughter of the French-bred sire, Sir Gallahad III. Both Blenheim and Sir Gallahad had each brought to stand at stud in the United States by groups of American horsemen both of which were led by Arthur B. Hancock of Claiborne Farm.

Jet Pilot was purchased for US$41,000 at the Keeneland Yearling Sale by Elizabeth Arden, and raced under her Maine Chance Farm colors.

Racing career[edit]

Racing at age two, Jet Pilot was second in the 1946 Arlington Futurity and third in that year's Futurity Stakes and Champagne Stakes. However, he won the important Tremont Stakes and Pimlico Futurity.

One of the winter book favorites for the 1947 Kentucky Derby, Jet Pilot broke from post position thirteen and immediately took the lead in the 73rd edition of the Derby and never relinquished it in defeating C. V. Whitney's betting favorite, Phalanx. In the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, Jet Pilot finished fourth behind Calumet Farm's winner, Faultless. After the Preakness, Jet Pilot contested the Withers Stakes at Belmont Park, where he finished fourth. He bowed a tendon in that race and was retired to stud for the 1948 season.

Stud record[edit]

Jet Pilot sired multiple graded stakes race winners Jet Action and Myrtles Jet, plus 1951 Champion 2-year-old Filly, Rose Jet. The product of his last mating was born in 1964.

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