Platter (horse)

Platter (foaled 1941 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred Champion racehorse. He is best known for his performances as a two-year-old in 1943, when he was the best American colt of his generation.

GrandsireFriar Rock
DamLets Dine
DamsireJack High
CountryUnited States
BreederGeorge D. Widener, Jr.
OwnerGeorge D. Widener, Jr.
TrainerBert Mulholland
Record10: 2-3-2
Major wins
Pimlico Futurity (1943)
Walden Stakes (1943)
DRF American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (1943)


He was bred and raced by George D. Widener, Jr., and conditioned for racing by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bert Mulholland,

Racing careerEdit

In 1943 he won the Pimlico Futurity[2] and the Walden Stakes[3] under jockey Conn McCreary and was voted American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt by Daily Racing Form.[4] The rival Turf & Sports Digest Magazine poll was topped by Occupy.

As a three-year-old, an injury kept Platter out of racing until early May in an allowance race test. The colt did not run in the 1944 Kentucky Derby but finished second to Pensive in the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, the Preakness Stakes. He was injured in the Belmont Stakes and had to be pulled up.[5]

Stud careerEdit

Retired to stud duty, Platter met with limited success. Of his limited number of offspring, Platan met with the most success in racing, notably winning the 1953 Lawrence Realization Stakes and 1955 Arlington Handicap.


  1. ^ Michelson, Miles. "Platter Horse Pedigree".
  2. ^ "St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search".
  3. ^ "Platter Nips Royal Prince by Neck In 37th Walden Stakes at Pimlico". New York Times. 1943-11-13. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  4. ^,6022365&dq=platter
  5. ^ Richardson, William D. "PENSIVE DEFEATED BY BOUNDING HOME IN BELMONT STAKES; 34,233 See 16-1 Shot Thwart Favorite's Triple Crown Bid With Half-Length Victory BULL DANDY GAINS SHOW Platter Goes Lame in Running as Winner Earns $55,070 -- Flood Town Scores PENSIVE DEFEATED BY BOUNDING HOME".