FL FL - Albert Snider, Florida Keys, 6 March 1948

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  1. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    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.
     
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  3. Claudette

    Claudette Alouette, je te plumerai

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    Bizarre story - kind of was expecting that his disappearance was tied to racing and was surprised to see the Bermuda Triangle was involved. That is a huge shame he didn't get to witness the win of the Triple Crown!!
     
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    Claudette Alouette, je te plumerai

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    Where can I find weather from the past? Not having any luck...
     
  5. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    Note the different date of death listed as 5 March 1948.

    Not a lot of biographical information published on Al Snider. A Neice of his recently stated that he had a wife and daughter and that he had probably been born in Canada.

    Stories of Citation usually only mention Al Snider's death/disappearance in passing and details are sketchy in most accounts.


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    From Wikipedia...

    Albert Snider (Birthdate not found - March 5, 1948) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey....

    ... Signed on to ride for Calumet Farm, Al Snider was made the jockey for future United States' Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Citation. In 1947, he rode the colt in his two-year-old season, notably winning the Belmont Futurity Stakes en route to Citation being voted the U.S. Champion 2-Year-Old Colt....

    1948 promised to be a great year as Al Snider prepared to ride Citation in the U.S. Triple Crown series. At Hialeah Park Race Track, he rode the colt to victory in the 1948 Seminole and Everglades Handicaps. Then, after winning the Flamingo Stakes, on March 5 Snider used a day off to go fishing in the Florida Keys. While out on the water, a sudden storm came up and Al Snider apparently drowned....


    References


    May 17, 1948 TIME magazine article titled Man on a Horse

    Florida Sportsman article by Donald Wood on the drowning of Albert Snider


    LINK:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Snider
     
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    Citation 1948: Big Cy of Calumet Farm


    By Jenny Kellner



    Seven years after Whirlaway carried the devil’s red-and-blue silks of Calumet through a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, a leggy bay 3-year-old colt bearing the same colors stepped onto the track at Havre de Grace for the $29,000 Chesapeake Stakes.

    Five days earlier, Citation had suffered only the second loss of his career, finishing second in the Chesapeake Trial under new jockey Eddie Arcaro, replacing, Albert Snider, who had drowned in March on a fishing trip in the Everglades....


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    http://www.belmontstakes.com/history/citation.aspx
     
  7. Claudette

    Claudette Alouette, je te plumerai

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    Interesting how back when it happened it was considered a drowning, nothing more, but here we talk of how it happened in the Bermuda Triangle and of course that brings up all kinds of crazy (false) theories. At least it did with me, as soon as I saw those two words!
     
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    Cubby fly the W!

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    Well officially speaking the Keys are not part of the Bermuda Triangle, which extends from Miami to Porto-Rico to Bermuda. Not that it really matters.
     
  10. Richard

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    Al Snider has been missing for over 66 years.
     
  11. KarlK

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    The Keys are not even in the Triangle anyway.
     
  12. palisadesk

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    Foul play was suspected by some. It's mentioned in this documentary about Citation:

    [video=youtube;1803k520Mi0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1803k520Mi0[/video]

    Start at around 13:00, can't get it to pause at the exact spot.

    It appears that others were missing with him, and this isn't mentioned in most sources. Also, a bottle with a note from him was allegedly found.

    This article does mention that others were lost along with Snider:

    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1998-04-30/sports/9804290513_1_citation-skiff-fifty-years
     
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