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Citation - Triple Crown, 1948

Citation - the first race horse to win $1 million - won the Triple Crown in 1948.  His jockey was the famous Eddie Arcaro.

Of this horse, and his jockey, Heywood Hale Broun - a legendary sportscaster - once said:

Arcaro riding Citation was a horse who knew his worth ridden by a man who knew his worth ... He would be riding in the middle of a pack of horses, and then jump out with a burst of speed, and Arcaro would just gallop him home, while the rest of the horses wondered why they even bothered to come out.

Injured, Citation was unable to race for a fourth season.  His owners wanted to see whether he could become the first horse to win $1 million in racing prize money, so they brought him back when he was five and six years old. 

In July of 1951, at the age of six, Citation won the Hollywood Gold Cup.  His earnings, in that race, made him the first "millionaire horse."  He retired, to stud, after that outing.

Citation died in 1970, at the age of 25, and was buried at Calumet Farm.


Media Credits

Video clip from "Jewels of the Triple Crown," narrated by Jim McKay (born James Kenneth McManus).  Copyright, CBS/Fox Video Sports, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes.

 

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