Arnold Kirkland rode in the Kentucky Derby five times. His best finish was a 3rd on Hasseyanda in the 1954 edition won by Determine. Kirkland won the 1948 Peter Pan Stakes on Escadu and with that same horse he challenged Citation on the far turn in the 1948 Belmont Stakes. Kirkland and Escadru made a bold run where the lead was whittled to 2 lengths with just 3/8 of a mile to go. Citation then spurted clear and became the eighth Triple Crown winner while the team of Kirkland and Escadru settled for 3rd.
Kirland rode for many famous owners such as C. V. Whitney and Elizabeth Arden. He won the 1945 Wood Memorial Stakes on Jeep and rode 1946 American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly First Flight to victory in the Fashion Stakes.
Arnold Kirkland won a number of the east coast's important stakes races. They included the 1944 Delaware Handicap on Everget, the 1946 Massachusetts Handicap on Pavot and the Rhode Island Handicap of that year on Man O' Glory. In 1948, he had two signature wins on Gallorette in the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course and Donor in the Narragansett Special at Narragansett Park just in the month of August.
- University of Kentucky Archives of Daily Racing Form files
- Bloodhorse.com, June 3, 2002 article titled "Triple Crown Heroes: Citation"
- Daily Racing Form, May 8, 1946 article titled "First Flight Makes Auspicious Winning Bow in Fashion Stakes" Retrieved July 14, 2018
- New York Times, September 8, 1946 article titled Man O' Glory Firt At Narragansett[permanent dead link] Retrieved July 14, 2018
- "A Racing Life" by Allen Woodville" (1969)
- Findagrave memorial for Arnold Kirkland with gravestone photo