Citation ~ Variation: Four Socks
Citation was the first racehorse in history to win over a million dollars in his career. Born in 1940, the solid bay was amazing right from the start, winning his first race, breaking the Arlington track record (5 furlongs) in his third race, and winning 8 of his nine starts.
After winning his first four starts in his three-year-old season, his jockey died during a fishing accident and Eddie Arcaro took the reins. While getting used to each other, they lost their first race together... but it would be Citation's last loss in almost two years! They went on to win the Kentucky Derby, and Arcaro gave part of his winnings from the race to the widow of Citation's former jockey. Citation followed the Derby with the Preakness and Belmont, becoming the 8th Triple Crown winner in history. He raced until age 6, and was retired to stud after breaking the $1 million mark. He was named 3rd in the list of Top 100 Thoroughbreds of the 20th Century by "Blood Horse" magazine, following Man 'O War and Secretariat. The Breyer portrait model was discontinued in 1990.
The famous racehorse was honored with a Stablemates portrait model which ran until 1990. He was sculpted by Maureen Love, originally for Hagen-Renaker. This fellow is done in a lovely, smooth satin or semi-gloss finish over red bay.
He is in Near Mint condition. The only flaw I can see is a black speck on his right barrel and hip. While he is a lighter color than some on this release, he is definitely 5020, as he is from Eleda's personal collection and she received him new for Christmas as a child. His coloring and finish are both beautiful, and he features high white socks with black points over grey hooves. I have not seen another with four big white socks like this. He's the prettiest Citation model I've seen and a neat variation.
Breyer Model #5020