Despite being the first Triple Crown champion Sir Barton might be one of the most underrated champions in the history of the sport due to his loss to Man O War in their match race. The match race at Kenilworth was ran on a hard track putting Sir Barton who was known for his very soft hooves at a disadvantage. The race was also weight for age meaning Sir Barton actually had to GIVE weight to the younger Man O War. Finally Sir Barton was being ridden by an emergency replacment jockey who not ony was inferior to Man O War's jockey but had never ridden Sir Barton before in his life. Sir Barton had everything going against him and while I'm not saying he was better than Man O War could certainly have given him a good challenge. Sir Barton prior to that race had been a top handicapper who had set records and beaten the likes of Exterminator.
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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