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.
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),
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
and the Flamingo by a landslide.
Looking right at home in the Winner's Circle for the Flamingo at 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.
The winning connections head for the Winner's Circle after the Kentucky Derby.
Photo: Churchill Downs
Next was an easy victory in the Preakness.
Two weeks after the Preakness, Citation won the Jersey Stakes by 11 lengths.
Two weeks after Jersey Stakes, it was the Belmont Stakes and the completion of the Triple Crown.
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,
and the Pimlico Special, which was a walkover.
He ended the year with his 15th win in a row in the Tanforan Handicap.
Everyone wanted a picture of Citation.
The payoffs from the Tanforan Handicap reflect the support that Citation received from the bettors.
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.
One year and one month after his last race, Citation won an allowance race at Santa Anita to record his 16th straight victory.
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.
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.
Citation enjoys retirement at Calumet Farm.
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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