Triple Crown Newsreel: Citation, 1948
By the time Citation made the starting gate of the 1948 Kentucky Derby, he had already proven to be a phenomenal racehorse, winning 14 of 16 starts, including eight for nine in becoming 2-year-old champion. In addition to landing the fourth Triple Crown of the 1940’s, Citation ended his 3-year-old campaign with 19 victories from 20 starts and a 15-race win streak. He was an overwhelming choice as Horse of the Year.
The following year, Citation won a 16th consecutive race, a streak among major North American stakes horses that would stand until the mid-1990’s, when equaled by Cigar. Citation retired at age six as the first American racehorse to earn $1 million.
Jim McKay chronicles Citation’s dominating Triple Crown performance in a segment from ESPN’s Jewels of the Triple Crown.