Pilaster (horse)

Sire Pilate
Grandsire Friar Rock
Dam Air Cooled
Damsire Jacopo
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1944
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Henry L. Straus
Owner Henry L. Straus
Trainer Frank A. Bonsal
Record 102: 29-14-20
Earnings US$259,800
Major wins
Bryan and O'Hara Memorial Handicap (1948)
Sagamore Stakes (1948)
Grayson Stakes (1948)
Exterminator Handicap (1948, 1951)
Governor Bowie Handicap (1948)
Riggs Handicap (1949)
Pimlico Cup Handicap (1949, 1951)
Prince George Autumn Handicap (1949)
New York Handicap (1950)
Absecon Island Handicap (1951)
Miami Beach Handicap (1952)
Laurel Race Course Hall of Fame (1967)
Last updated on October 19, 2011

Pilasater (foaled 1944 in Maryland) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who was inducted into the Maryland-Bred Hall of Fame in 1967.[1] He was bred and raced by Henry L. Straus and trained by Frank Bonsal.


Pilaster was sired by Pilate, a son of the 1916 American Horse of the Year and Belmont Stakes winner Friar Rock. His dam was Air Cooled, whose sire (Jacopo) was the 1930 Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in England.[2]

Racing career

Pilaster enjoyed considerable racing success from age four through eight. On February 16, 1952, the 8-year-old gelding won the Miami Beach Handicap at Hialeah Park Race Track in Florida.[3] He was retired at the end of the year, after winning 29 career races and earnings totalling US$259,800.


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