Citation started in twenty races as a three-year-old in 1948, finishing first 19 times and second once.
He was expected to win all three Triple Crown classics, and did so with conusmmate ease. Perhaps his greatest victory was in the 1948 Belmont Stakes, where he stumbled out of the starting gate, but went on to win by eight lengths.
This great thoroughbred has inspired the "Citation Award" as recognition for superior performance in Allstates Triple Crown.
The representations of a rose, a black-eyed Susan, and a carnation signify Citation's victories in the 1948 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. The wood carving is of Citation and jockey Eddie Arcaro as they broke away to win the memorable Belmont -- and the eighth Triple Crown of horseracing.