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1948 Triple Crown winner Citation collected accolades like he did races at the track. In 1947 Citation was awarded Champion Top 2-year-old, 1948 saw the Champion Top 3-year-old award, Champion Older Horse and Horse of the Year. But Citation wasn’t done there, in 1951 the champ returned to take home Champion Older Horse as well.
- How did Citation win the Triple Crown?
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Quick Career Stats for Citation
- Starts: 45
- Wins: 32
- Places: 10
- Shows: 2
- Earnings: $1,085,760
|*Bull Dog (FR) (1927)|
|Bell Lea (1935)|
|Rose Leaves (1916)|
|=Hyperion (GB) (1930)|
|*Hyrdoplane II (1938)|
|=Toboggan (GB) (1925)|
How did Citation win the Triple Crown?
- The Kentucky Derby
- Some folks thought Citation’s talented stablemate Coaltown could spring an upset in the Derby, but Citation quickly put these beliefs to rest. Content to trail his front-running rival by as many as six lengths through quick fractions of :23 2/5, :46 3/5, and 1:11 2/5, Citation pounced eagerly when called upon by jockey Eddie Arcaro and splashed his way down the sloppy homestretch to score by 3 1/2 lengths in 2:05 2/5.
- The Preakness Stakes
- Following in the footsteps of Count Fleet, Citation thoroughly dominated three rivals in the 72nd Preakness. Allowed to secure an uncontested lead through fractions of :24 4/5, :50 2/5, and 1:16 over a heavy track, the 1-10 favorite pulled away readily win called upon to smoke his opposition by 5 1/2 lengths in 2:02 2/5.
- The Belmont Stakes
- WhenCitation stumbled at the start of the Test of Champions, his seven rivals experienced a fleeting moment of hope for an upset. But those hopes were quickly dashed when Citation sprinted to the lead, disposed of his pursuers after a mile, and pulled clear under a mild ride to score by eight lengths in 2:28 1/5. He might have won by double the margin if asked for his best.