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Pillory (horse)

Sire Olambala
Dam Hester Prynne
Grandsire Ornus
Damsire Disguise
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1919
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Richard T. Wilson, Jr.
Owner Richard T. Wilson, Jr.
Trainer Thomas J. Healey
Record 12: 5-1-3
Earnings $96,904
Pillory is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Hester Prynne by Olambala. He was born around 1919 in the United States, and was bred by Richard T. Wilson, Jr..
Major wins
American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1922)
Belmont Stakes (1922)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 28, 2008

Pillory (foaled 1919 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred and raced by the co-owner and president of Saratoga Race Course, Richard T. Wilson, Jr., his damsire was Disguise, who raced for James R. Keene in England and was a son of the great Domino. Pillory was sired by Wilson's Olambala, a multiple winner of important races including the Latonia Derby and Suburban Handicap, and who sired several top runners including the 1916 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Campfire, and top handicap winner Sunfire.

Pillory's race conditioning was handled by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer T. J. Healey. At age three in 1922, Pillory ran second to J. S. Cosden's French import Snob II. Thoroughbred racing in 1922 was still a time when the U.S. Triple Crown series had not yet achieved the level of importance it would in the next decade. As such, despite being very important races, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes were both run on May 13, 1922. The handlers of New York-based Pillory chose not to send the colt on the long railroad trip to Louisville for the Derby. Instead, they entered the colt in the then 1 1/8 mile Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Pillory won the Preakness in a fast time of 1:51.60, which equaled the winning time of the great Man o' War two years earlier. Pillory then won the mile and three furlongs Belmont Stakes, defeating rival Snob II, who finished second. In the ensuing Jockey Club Gold Cup, Pillory faced a field of older horses and finished third behind winner Mad Hatter.

Although Pillory won two very important races and was the leading money-winning horse in the United States in 1922, he was not rated American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse. Instead, the honor went to Harry Payne Whitney's colt Whiskaway.

Pillory was not successful at stud. He was eventually sold to the U.S. Army as a remount stallion.[1]


  1. Avalyn Hunter,American classic pedigrees: 1914-2003, Blood Horse Publications, 2003


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