Cicada and her groom Clarence Cary
Cicada's best season came at 2 when she won the Gardenia, Frizette, Matron, Spinaway, and National Stallion Stakes, among others. She was named Champion 2-year-old filly for 1961. At three Cicada won the Kentucky Oaks, Acorn, Mother Goose, Jersey Belle Stakes, and in the Beldame beat the best older fillies and mares in training. She also broke Kelso's track record for nine furlongs at Aqueduct and was named Champion 3-year-old filly. Before suffering an injury while training at 4, Cicada won the Columbiana, Sheepshead Bay, Vagrancy, and Distaff Handicaps. For the third time she was named Champion, this time as Handicap Mare.
Cicada came back for one race at 5 when it was discovered that she had lost her earlier form. When she retired Cicada was the greatest money-winning filly up to her time.
Cicada produced one stakes winner from her six foals.
Cicada was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1967.
Cicada takes the lead in the 1962 Acorn