Citation: In a Class by Himself

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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When Citation (1945-1970) retired in mid-1951, he was horseracing's first and, to that point, only millionaire racehorse. Following his 1948 triumphs at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont in 1948, it would be twenty-five years before another horse (Secreteriat) would again wear the coveted Triple Crown. Citation, by legendary announcer and longtime horseracing insider Phil Georgeff, reveals all about the thoroughbred, his remarkable career, and those in his inner circle. Georgeff delves into Citation's unusual bloodline; the death of his original rider, Al Snider, swept out to sea while fishing off the Florida keys; Citation's stunning 1948 Triple Crown victory; and the ultimate effects of the horse's excessive, aggressive schedule (racing on little rest after traveling cross-country in sweltering vans and railroad boxcars). Based on interviews from those who knew the thoroughbred, including famed jockey Eddie Arcaro and renowned son-and-father trainers Ben A. and Jimmy Jones; Citation is more than merely the biography of a gifted horse. It the full story of the greatest sports figure in the history of horseracing, a champion who won or placed in thirty different contests in his career and whose spirit continue to captivate the American public.
 

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It's hard not to compare this straightforward story of 1948 Triple-Crown winner and racing legend Citation with Laura Hillenbrand's elegant and uber-selling Seabiscuit. But Georgeff's book, which ... Read full review

Contents

Baby Steps
1
Taking Care of Business
11
A Flash of Greatness
23
And I Saw Man oWar
37
The Agony and the Ecstasy
47
Enter the Master
55
Vindication and More
67
Days of Wine and Roses
75
Immortality
129
The Missing YearReflections
135
Cys BackBut Not All the Way Back
151
One Partnership EndsAnother Begins
161
The Spirit Is Willing But the Flesh Is Weak
171
Greatness Revisited
179
Citations Last Goodbye
189
Epilogue
199

Boss That HossHe Aint Human
87
Human After All
97
Hes Back
105
Invincibility
117
Outtakes
205
References
213
Index
215
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Phil Georgeff, author of And They're Off! (also published by Taylor Trade Publishing) and two novels on horseracing, he lives in Fairhope, Alabama. Tommy Trotter, longtime racing secretary at Belmont Park, lives in Hallandale, Florida.

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