Albert Snider, Missing 6 March 1948, Florida Keys Albert "Al" Snider was a jockey who had been doing pretty well in 1948. He was the regular rider of Citation, a bay thoroughbred horse from the Calumet Farms. Al and Citation had an impressive string of victories at Hialeah race track in Florida. After winning the Everglades Handicap by a length, they went on to win the Flamingo Stakes by six lengths. Citation was chosen to run in the 1948 Kentucky Derby and was the favorite over the other five horses. Al Snider was scheduled to ride Citation in the Derby. Not only was it believed that they would win the Derby, but many predicted that they would go on to win the Preakness and Belmont stakes as well. Those three races make up what is called horse racing's "Triple Crown". Only a few horses and jockeys in history have achieved that honor. Anyone who knows the history of racing knows that the great horse Citation did indeed become a Triple Crown Winner, after coming in first at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont in 1948. But Citation won those races with a substitute jockey up - a substitution necessary because Al Snider had gone missing only days before the Kentucky Derby. After getting Citation to the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby, Al Snider decided to go deep sea fishing with a group of friends to relax. On 6 May 1948, they chartered a yacht and went out to fish along the Florida Keys - in one of the corners of the famed Bermuda Triangle. They never returned. Subsequent searches turned up no trace of the yacht, Al Snider, or his friends. With Snider's disappearance, jockey Eddie Arcaro was offered the opportunity to ride Citation in the Kentucky Derby. Arcaro was not certain if Citation was the right horse for him, but finally agreed. Citation won the Derby three and a half lengths ahead of the second horse. And with Arcaro up, went on to win the Preakness and Belmont stakes. Eddie Arcaro shared his winner's purse from the Kentucky Derby with the widow of Al Snider and the gesture was matched by Citation's owner, Warren Wright. So, in the end, Al Snider won a Derby purse, even though he was not around to ride in the big race.