Hall of Fame, Horses

Bay colt foaled in 1945. Died in 1970.
By Bull Lea-Hydroplane II, by Hyperion

Breeder:Warren Wright at Calumet Farm
Owner:Warren Wright at Calumet Farm
Trainer:Benjamin A. Jones, Horace A. 'Jimmy' Jones

Race History

Citation with trainer Jimmy Jones
NMR collection

Citation was the second homebred Triple Crown winner for Calumet Farm and the father/son training team of Ben and Jimmy Jones.Citation was the first horse to earn more than a million dollars and still holds the record for winning the most stakes races in a year, 17 in 1948. Hall of Fame trainers Max Hirsch, and Jim Fitzsimmons, and jockey Eddie Arcaro saw the best horses of several decades and called Citation the best ever.

Best 2-year-old of 1947, Citation's only defeat was by Bewitch, his stablemate. Citation won the Futurity Stakes, Pimlico Futurity, and Elementary Stakes that year. At 3 Citation won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes to claim the Triple Crown. He was also named Best Handicap Horse and Horse of the Year. Arthritis in the fetlock joint kept Citation out of the races at 4. At 5 he set a new world record in the Golden Gate Mile and at 6 won the Hollywood Gold Cup by defeating Bewitch.

Citation sired champion filly Silver Spoon and Preakness winner Fabius.

Citation was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1959.

Citation winning the Belmont Stakes,
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