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.
|Publisher:||Taylor Trade Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.24(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.74(d)|
About the Author
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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World record holder of calling 96,131 races, Phil Georgeff has authored a remarkably moving, scintillating factual remembrance about his all time favorite Thoroughbred 8th Triple Crown winner and first TB millionaire, the great Citation (aka Big Cy, Mighty Cy). It's an anecdotal, exhilarating factual portrait of one of the greatest Thoroughbreds, BIG CY. Phil's colorful, conversational poetic prose captures Citation's enduring, eternal fighting spirit. Despite incredibe man-made obstacles, Citation conquered all. Eddie Arcaro said of his mount, Cy could spring like Equipoise, close like Whirlaway, dominate like Man O'War, shift gears like Count Fleet, wait like Seabiscuit and could explode like Phar Lap. And do it over and over again. Phil writes, 'Not until you saw Cy on race day, dressed for equine warfare--neck proudly arched and head regally bowed in that personal trademark canter of his own creation-- then exploding full tilt from the gate with a magisterial will-to-win dynamism, borne of innate nobility--only then did Citation begin to suggest what he truly was: The Greatest Thoroughbred who ever lived!'
When reading this book, the reader becomes surround by the life of Citation. Georgeff writes with a passion unmatched and fills the book with describtive details. Everyone that was important to mighty Cy's career was in this book and their opinions. The debate Georgeff makes, that Citation is the greatest horse to every race, throughout the book is proved with expert opinions, Georgeff personal experiences, and history. The character list is extremely long that includes barn owners, trainers, and jockeys that all argee that Cy was the best. Sometimes the characters can get confusing and the timeline can get a little mixed up, but all in all the story is wonderful. If you want a good, detail-packed story, this is the book for you. OSU
Phil Georgeff has authored a remarkably moving, scintillating remembrance about his all time favorite racehorse, Citation. (AKA) ¿Cy¿. I devoured this exhilarating, factual, anecdotal portrait at one sitting! ¿Citation¿ is a vivid, exciting classic! Worthy of an Eclipse Award! Transport into 1945 Kentucky & beyond. Observe baby Cy cavorting on Calumet Farm¿s bluegrass. Accompany Citation, racing¿s first millionaire, Ben Jones, Eddie Arcaro, and many others in their quest for immortality winning The Triple Crown. Phil's colorful, conversational, poetic prose captures Cy¿s enduring, eternal spirit! Despite incredible man-made obstacles Citation conquered everything! Would annihilate if racing today! With Phil Georgeff's personal permission, I include quotes from his class- act book, 'Citation¿. Savor this sneak preview. '...Dedicate this opus to WHY & HOW Citation achieved and genuinely deserves the lofty accolade as --'The Greatest Thoroughbred Who Ever Lived!' Phil quotes ¿Ed Schuyler, Jr. of Associated Press, in a TV appearance on an ESPN-TV special, saluting Citation¿s legendary greatness (as the new millennium dawned), who put it in proper perspective: ¿¿` When someone says Citation might have been the greatest horse that ever lived; -- They have a legitimate argument--he might have been the `greatest horse who ever lived!¿ '. ¿Not until you saw him on race day, dressed for equine warfare--neck proudly arched and head regally bowed in that personal trademark canter of his own creation,-- then exploding full tilt from the gate with a magisterial will-to-win dynamism, borne of innate nobility --- only then did Citation begin to suggest what he truly was: The Greatest Thoroughbred Who Ever Lived!¿ ¿Eddie Arcaro discovered Citation could spring like Equipoise, close like Whirlaway, dominate like Man O¿ War, shift gears like Count Fleet- `wait¿ like Seabiscuit and could explode like Phar Lap- and do it all over again!. And again!¿¿ Phil quotes renowned jockey, Eddie Arcaro, ¿When asked to compare Arcaro¿s TWO Triple Crown Winners, Citation and Whirlaway, Eddie replied with gusto ¿ customary frankness: `Hell, Citation can carry the both of us and still beat Whirlaway!¿¿ Arcaro revealed, ¿¿Citation was a flesh and blood animal, a Thoroughbred horse, who when I rode him as a 3 year old, could beat any horse I¿ve ever seen or ridden--and beat `em silly--but never with maximum or all out effort ¿what a standout!¿ Phil observes, ¿The undaunted, dark bay stallion¿s hard achieved Million status lost luster as inflation ballooned and purses swelled... Winning streaks, career race longevity- scoring 16 straight wins¿ proved Citation in a class by himself¿ all the others were valiant.¿ ¿A groom uttered ¿finest compliment¿ `Boss, that hoss--he ain¿t human!¿ ¿ ¿Citation¿s invincible! ¿ announcer Clem McCarthy¿..¿No longer can he be compared with any other horse. He¿s in a class by himself!¿ Phil states, ¿That said it all!¿ He has! Quite eloquently! Phil¿s writing flows cinematically. ¿Citation...In A Class By Himself.¿ should become a widescreen film! A natural with its Hollywood Ending! You must read ¿Citation...¿ the book, before it becomes--- ¿Citation...¿ the movie!