Who Became a Triple Crown™ Winner in 1948?

Posted by Jazzy Morgan on Tue, Feb 6, 2018

Winning the Triple Crown™ is the biggest honor that every horse racing team strives for. Jockey, Trainer, Owner and everyone in between sets out at the Kentucky Derby® for their first win, enters the Preakness Stakes with high hopes, and then aims to complete the trifecta at the Belmont Stakes. What many don’t realize is how rare it is for a horse to mark his name in history as a Triple Crown™ winner, only 12 have succeeded!

Derby Experiences is breaking down each victory, pedigree and team of the 12 Triple Crown™ winners in a 12-part series. Starting with Sir Barton in 1919 and ending in American Pharaoh in 2015, saddle-up, because here we go. This week’s Triple Crown™ winner is the ultimate overachiever, Citation, who was expected to win this year with no excuses.


Most horse racing teams hope to become a Triple Crown™ winning team, Citation and his team did just that in 1948. After an outstanding year as a two-year-old, winning eight out of the nine races he participated in, the expectations he set were high. Once he turned three, he only got better and blew his first race of the year out of the water at the Flamingo Stakes.

Citation and his team hit a bump in the road when his jockey, Al Snider, disappeared after a boating accident. Eddie Arcaro stepped in, but lost his first race with Citation. This created worry for the team, but they came into stride for the 1948 Kentucky Derby®.

Citation took the lead at the Derby proving there was no contest between him and the other horses and came out winning by three and a half lengths. Ben Jones, Citation’s trainer, was very eager for the Preakness Stakes, as he was so sure his horse would win. Making Jones proud, Citation dominated the racetrack during the second leg of the Triple Crown™, winning by a huge eleven lengths.

As he entered the last leg, the Belmont Stakes, Citation soared through the track with flying colors and claimed the Triple Crown™.

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