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Status:
Deceased
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Bred:
Kentucky (USA) by Calumet
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At Stud
KY Derby
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Citation lost to Saggy in the 6f Chesapeake Trial. Five days later he won the 8.5f Chesapeake Stakes. Ten days later he won the 8f Derby Trial, to be followed four days later with his Derby win. Two weeks later he won the Preakness. Since there was four weeks between the Preakness and Belmont that year, he won the 10f Jersey Derby between the two. Three weeks after the Belmont he won the 10f Stars and Stripes Handicap, followed by eight more races that year. This was one tough horse. Every time I heard the discussion of fresh or not last week, Citation and his campaign came to mind. Have drugs, or just breeding for speed weakened the thoroughbred to the point that trainers are afraid to run more than once a month? What should be done to strengthen the racehorse to say, the days when our friend Buckpasser saw his first race?
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  • LAZMANNICK · Airedale, you’re right about the 44 days. I guess us Canadians sometime forget about the month of March. That would make that stretch of races in 129 days (I believe) instead of 99. Still a tremendous workload for a horse early in its three year old year when competing against stakes horses and the HOY. The thing about Armed is that he was actually a Calumet stable-mate of Citation and Citation defeated him in both those February races against older horses. Armed was 6th in the first when carrying 130 lbs. to Citation’s 113. In the Seminole Armed carried 128 to Citation’s 113……IMO and remember, this is just my opinion, I think that if Citation had been retired when he was injured and didn’t come back, he would have been considered the greatest horse in N/A ever and the greatest dirt horse all time, ahead of both Man o War and Secretariat. His record would have been 29 starts, 27 wins and 2 seconds. Included would have been an undefeated two year old year (9 for 9), a 15 race win streak, his earnings of just under $1 million would probably have been a record, a Triple Crown, a victory over the reigning HOY, 4 track records, and wins at furlong distances of: 4.5,5, 6, 6.5, 7, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 12, 13 and 16 or two miles. The two horses that defeated him were Saggy, who he avenged his loss to, and the filly, Bewitch, a Calumet stable-mate and who was the Two Year Old Filly Champ the year that Citation was Two Year Old Colt Champ. · 70 days ago
  • airedale2008 · Here is a good article on Citation's place showing to Saggy from the Baltimore Sun. There's a picture of Saggy 25 years after his upset with Joe Pons of Country Life Farm, who bred him to Joppy and got Carry Back. It was tough breeding a colt with such a sorry name. As Carry Back under Johnny Sellers came from 15 lengths back to win at Churchill Downs, one of the horses they passed was Shurluck, ridden by Arcaro, a five-time winner of the race who was riding in his final Derby. Five weeks later, Shurluck, at 65-1 odds, would deprive Carry Back of the Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes under another jockey, Braulio Baeza. When I visited old Havre de Grace track two years ago I didn't know I was at the site where 10,600 fans watched Cy lose his only race in the TC year. The AP had this to say: A baggy legged auction colt, Saggy, threw mud all over the glittering reputation of Citation today by soundly whipping the Calumet Farm star in the Chesapeake Trial. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/aberdeen-havre-de-grace/ph-ag-saggy-beats-citation-0412-20130411,0,7614652.story?page=1 · 70 days ago
Too bad more don't toss a race in to keep from getting stale in their Triple Crown quest. What a man! Anyone here watch South Park?
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  • Roses4U · sullivan1 is Eric Cartman! Fat, pimply faced sitting in his mom's basement while she brings the waste basket down for him to crap in so he can't take a break from his obsession. · 72 days ago
  • Roses4U · Sorry vince/sullivan1 it's like I'm ten years old again playing with my little green army men. You're the one in the prone position. · 72 days ago
In my opinion Citation is the greatest horse who's ever lived yet along with Count Fleet has been completley overshadowed by both "Big Red's" in the GOAT department. Citation won 16 consecutive races facing much better competioon than Zenyatta who surpassed the mark a few times ago. Citation's times weren't the most dazzling but he grinded out victories and by the end of his three year old season was 27-2 with both losses being 1 lentgh places. As a five year old despite losing ran in perhaps the most difficult handicap campaign EVER as world records fell in most of Citation's defeats not to mention Citation often gave away huge amounts of weight.
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  • Sullivan · My issue with Count Fleet is he never faced older horses and his crop was notoriously absent in the big stakes the following year · 79 days ago
  • buckpasser · One of the reasons for the lack of stakes races the next year for CF was WWII. There was little or no interstate travel because of rationing of gasoline. Many tracks were closed or running very short seasons because of their usage as training or supply depots for the military. Also betting was restricted in many states, which ER Bradley to sell some of racing stock, like Busher etc. because of KY's betting prohibitions. There was talk throughout WWII as there was in WWI of stopping racing all together. · 79 days ago
Q of the D : aside from Citation, who was the best horse during the 1940s?
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  • The Doctor · ok man let me amend that by saying he's the only one to do it in separate races. exceller did it in the same race. · 108 days ago
  • Averie Elizabeth · Hands down Whirlaway. Then Assault. · 108 days ago
Seabiscuit won the inaugural Hollywood Gold Cup in 1938. Citation finally became the first equine millionaire in his final race, the Gold Cup of 1951. So many superb horses contested on the now shuttered oval. What were the best races of the last 75 years at Hollywood Park?
Who had the best two year old season in America? It’s a tossup between many good ones, including Citation, Man o’ War, Affirmed and Native Dancer. The paramount three year old season certainly belongs to Citation, who won 19 of 20, with a second to Saggy at muddy Havre de Grace three weeks before his muddy Derby. He even took the Jersey Stakes between the Preakness and the Belmont. Big Cy defeated older horses 7 times as a three year old, including Horse of the Year Armed twice in his first two races. These early season victories prompted Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons to utter the praise “Up to this point Citation’s done more than any horse I ever saw, and I saw Man o’ War.” Ranked #3 by Blood-Horse, the leading money winner of the world had the honor of being the first champion to be painted by Richard Stone Reeves.
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  • kay.robinett · Another great two year old filly (whose form, sadly, did not hold up as an older racer) was Moccasin. · 449 days ago
  • airedale2008 · Favorite Trick, La Prevoyante, Moccasin, Hamburg, Domino, Colin, Tremont, Cicada (owned by nearby meadow Stud) and Buckpasser. All great names from the past who had nice two year old seasons. Horses of old seemed to have more stamina, as evidenced by the longer courses then. With today’s equipment, training techniques, nutrition and better track surfaces, how would these two year olds fare against modern horses? Maybe this is a stupid question, but can the modern horse be better bred for both stamina and speed, as they did more of years ago? · 448 days ago
how is he above Count Fleet? i get that he made a lot of money but im still confused.
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  • airedale2008 · In Citation’s first defeat, three Calumet runners finished 1-2-3. Undefeated Bewitch bested undefeated Citation by a length, with Free America just a head behind in the Washington Park Futurity. What is the truth to the rumor that Jimmy Jones decided the order of finish, or that the jockeys colluded to split the purse money ahead of time? Articles in the Daily Racing Form and Chicago Tribune that day seem to confirm that it was legitimate. Ardent Citation fans, however, might vote for a Jimmy Jones decision for Citation to allow Bewitch to prevail, as she was leading coming down the stretch. Where after 66 years does the elusive truth lie? As many know, in his last race Citation had a great finish to his career and finally became a millionaire. Bewitch took second in this 1951 Gold Cup to pass Gallorette as the richest of her sex, with over $460,000 in earnings. · 476 days ago
  • amino998 · Interesting>> the part about the jockeys from the same barn splitting purses was a common occurrence. · 476 days ago
Cessna Aircraft Company named their new business jet after the eighth Triple Crown champion. A nice honor for Citation, who became the first millionaire on the track in his last race, the 1951 Hollywood Gold Cup.
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  • travel_vic · almost EVERTHING that happens in racing today, happened before. Those privy to the lessons of its history need only to have simple abilities at pattern recognition to see them come again. · 778 days ago
  • buckpasser · Or as Karl Marx said history repeats itself first as tragedy then as farce. · 778 days ago
Citation is beter than Man O' War, no doubt.
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  • cocoa2 · Citation became racing's first millionaire on 3 hooves. · 819 days ago
  • icyhotboo · If his season ended at 3yo he may have had the top spot. Personally I can't imagine a horse running any better than Secretariat's Triple Crown performance, and the Belmont has to be the greatest race run by a horse on dirt. The fractions are beyond belief. · 819 days ago
Foaled April 11, 1945...we remember the greatness of the #3 ranked horse on the Top 100 US Race Horses of the 20th Century on his birthday.
The amazing thing about this stallion is he was run like a claimer and HE WON. Against the best, not in the best health, against horrible track conditions...
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  • travel_vic · after he bowed at Tanforan they should have kept him off the track...never the same afterwards · 881 days ago
  • travel_vic · dont recall Cy destroying any track records other than the sub 1:34 mile · 881 days ago
No other horse could run as often as he did. Even between the Preakness and Belmont he sneaked in a win.
Loved this: Jimmy Jones, well…I once did a television essay for CBS News “Sunday Morning” on who was the greatest, Secretariat, the people’s horse, or Jimmy Jones’ Citation. Jones, who was 92 at the time, got right up on his toes, stuck his chin in my face and blurted, “They got one opinion, I got another. If you run them 10 straight Saturdays (against each other), go to a different track every time and take the weather as it came, Citation would get the most of them.” That’s passion.
the only horse that ever gave citation trouble was noor, at ggf and sa.
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  • icyhotboo · Not before he went lame and the owner ran him lame for 2 more years. At the end of his 3yo season his record was 29-27-2-0. A case can be made for him being on top. · 1114 days ago
  • zxswordxz · You can say that again...don't know too much about him being lame but the record speak volume. Big Citation is up their with all the greats.... · 1114 days ago
and, in all of the races he had, he only finished out of the money, once!
citation won the triple crown didnt he?
I'm really stoked. I'm going to look at an OTTB tomorrow for sale with this big guy as her great grand sire. I was shocked to see him in her pedigree!
Some say Citation was the greatest horse ever to step foot on a race track. With a record of 45-32-10-2, only finishing once out of the money, that would be hard to argue. I have just finished his career history and am having a hard time finding video of this great horse. If anyone can come up with some, please add them in.
  • icyhotboo · as a 3 and 4 yo his record was 29-27-2...then he went lame and his owner still ran him as he wanted to be the owner of the first horse to win a million $. · 1288 days ago
  • footlick · Reminds me of Swaps connections............ · 1287 days ago

Citation - Race Results & Past Performances

Date(Descending)
Horse
Fin
Tr
#
Dist.
Sf.
Race
$
Cnd
1st
2nd
3rd
Time
View Details07/14/51Citation1stHP71 1/4 mDHollywood Gold Cup  CitationBewitchBe Fleet2:01.00
View Details07/04/51Citation1stHP71 1/8 mDAmerican Handicap  CitationBewitchSturdy One1:48.40
View Details06/14/51Citation1stHP71 mileD   CitationBe FleetSturdy One1:10.80
View Details05/30/51Citation2ndHP71 1/16 mDArgonaut Handicap  Be FleetCitationSturdy One1:42.00
View Details05/11/51Citation4thHP76 fDHollywood Premiere Hcp.  Special TouchMnyunkBullrgh Jr.1:10.00
View Details04/26/51Citation3rdBM86 fDAllow  Pancho SupremeA LarkCitation1:09.80
View Details04/18/51Citation3rdBM86 fDAllow  A LarkPancho SupremeCitation1:09.80
View Details06/24/50Citation2ndGG81 1/4 mDGolden Gate Handicap  Noor CitationOn Trust1:34.00
View Details06/17/50Citation2ndGG81 1/8 mDForty-Niners Handicap  Noor CitationRoman In1:34.80
View Details06/03/50Citation1stGG81 mileDGolden Gate Mile  CitationBoleroOn Trust1:33.60
View Details05/17/50Citation2ndGG76 fDAllow  Roman InCitationBlue Border1:08.40
View Details03/04/50Citation2ndSA71 3/4 mDSan Juan Capistrano Handicap  Noor CitationMocopo2:52.80
View Details02/25/50Citation2ndSA71 1/4 mDSanta Anita Handicap  Noor CitationTwo Lea2:00.00
View Details02/11/50Citation2ndSA71 1/8 mDSan Antonio Handicap  PonderCitationNoor 1:50.20
View Details01/26/50Citation2ndSA76 fD   MicheCitationHuon Kid1:11.40
View Details01/11/50Citation1stSA46 fDAllow  CitationBold GallantRoman In1:11.40
View Details12/11/48Citation1stTAN71 1/4 mDTanforan Handicap  CitationStepfatherSee-tee-see1:37.60
View Details12/03/48Citation1stTAN76 fDAllow  CitationBold GallantRoman In1:12.00
View Details10/29/48Citation1stPim61 3/16 mDPimlico Special  Citation  1:59.80
View Details10/20/48Citation1stBel62 milesDJockey Club Gold Cup  CitationPhalanxBeauchef3:21.60
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