Citation: A Photographic Tribute

Honoring 1948 Triple Crown winner Citation

Citation: More than 60 years after his 1948 Triple Crown, he is still regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

Photo: Bert Clark Thayer

Citation was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Warren Wright's Calumet Farm.

Photo: Morgan Photo Service

And trained by Ben Jones

Photo: Blood-horse Library

and his son, Jimmy.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Although several jockeys rode Citation, Eddie Arcaro is most closely associated with the champion.

Photo: C. C. Cook

At the start of his 2-year old campaign, Citation won 5 straight races including his first stakes, the Elementary.

Photo: Bert Morgan

Citation lost his next start, the Washington Futurity, by a length to filly stablemate, Bewitch. But, he closed out the year with victories in the Futurity Trial, the Futurity at Belmont (shown),

Photo: Bert Morgan

and the Pimlico Futurity in the slop. For his triumphs, he was named champion 2-year old colt.

Photo: Maryland Jockey Club

Citation's 3-year old season began in Florida where he won four races including the Everglades

Photo: Hialeah

and the Flamingo by a landslide.

Photo: Hialeah

Looking right at home in the Winner's Circle for the Flamingo at Hialeah.

Photo: Hialeah

The slop didn't slow down Citation in the Kentucky Derby, as he caught stablemate Coaltown at the quarter pole,

Photo: Courier-journal & Louisville Times

And drew off for the win. Four days before, Citation had won the Derby Trial. It didn't seem to affect his performance on the big day.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

The winning connections head for the Winner's Circle after the Kentucky Derby.

Photo: Churchill Downs

Next was an easy victory in the Preakness.

Photo: Bert Morgan

Two weeks after the Preakness, Citation won the Jersey Stakes by 11 lengths.

Photo: Bert Morgan

Two weeks after Jersey Stakes, it was the Belmont Stakes and the completion of the Triple Crown.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Citation continued to roll off the victories including the Stars and Stripes at Arlington,

Photo: Arlington Park

the American Derby at Washington Park,

Photo: Washington Park

the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont,

Photo: Bert Morgan

and the Pimlico Special, which was a walkover.

Photo: Maryland Jockey Club

He ended the year with his 15th win in a row in the Tanforan Handicap.

Photo: Tanforan

Everyone wanted a picture of Citation.

Photo: Tanforan

The payoffs from the Tanforan Handicap reflect the support that Citation received from the bettors.

Photo: Tanforan

Citation was named Horse of the Year, champion handicap horse, and champion 3-year old. Unfortunately, he came out of the Tanforan Handicap with an injury and missed his entire 4-year old season.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

One year and one month after his last race, Citation won an allowance race at Santa Anita to record his 16th straight victory.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

Citation's 5-year old season was marked by more setbacks than advances, but he did win the Golden Gate Handicap to become Thoroughbred racing's all-time leading earner.

Photo: Blood-horse Library

In winning the 1951 Hollywood Gold Cup, Citation became Thoroughbred horse racing's first millionaire and was retired.

Photo: Hollywood Park

Citation makes his last West Coast public appearance on July, 21, 1951 at Hollywood Park.

Photo: Hollywood Park

Citation enjoys retirement at Calumet Farm.

Photo: Meadors

Citation's gravestone records his many accomplishments.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Citation: 1948 Triple Crown Winner, Horse of the Year, Thoroughbred Horse Racing's First Millionare. 45 starts, 32 wins, 10 seconds, 2 thirds.

Photo: Charles Rippy

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