Jet Pilot (horse)
|Damsire||Sir Gallahad III|
|Foaled||March 29, 1944|
|Breeder||Arthur B. Hancock & Nydrie Stud|
|Owner||Maine Chance Farm. Racing silks: Cerise, white sash, blue cuffs on sleeves, cerise cap.|
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 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. Blenheim and Sir Gallahad were both 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. Black Wave's dam Black Curl was a half-sister to Myrtlewood, the female-line ancestor of Seattle Slew and Mr Prospector.
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.
|Wild Arum||Robert le Diable|
Black Wave (USA)
|Sir Gallahad (FR)
|Black Curl (USA)
|Friar Rock||Rock Sand|