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2007 News Stories
  • Fans cheer Funny Cide to victory at Finger Lakes
    Kevin Oklobzija, Staff writer 
    Democrat & Chronicle
    July 5, 2007

    FARMINGTON — The roar began the moment Funny Cide began charging around the final turn, a roar not heard at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack in at least two decades and maybe ever. 

    By the time the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner reached mid-stretch, the noise from the crowd sounded more like a jet was taking off.

    And when Funny Cide charged to the lead and galloped off to win the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap in the emphatic fashion of a champion, fans from age 8 to 80, perhaps as many as 12,000 of them, were screaming their approval. 

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  • Funny Cide wins Wadsworth Memorial Handicap
    By: Web Staff
    Capital News 9
    July 5, 2007 

    Saratoga's Funny Cide made a triumphant return to New York racing Wednesday.
     
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  • Funny Cide Responds to Hero's Welcome
    By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer
    The Blood-Horse


    Funny Cide received a regal reception Wednesday and responded like a champion.

    Four years removed from making a run at a Triple Crown, even-money choice Funny Cide returned to the winner's circle for trainer Barclay Tagg at a track far removed from the majesty of Churchill Downs.

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2006 News Stories
  • Jack Knowlton to be Keynote Speaker at TTA Banquet
    (Edited press release)
    The Bloodhorse

    Sackatoga Stable managing partner Jack Knowlton has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's 2007 annual conference and awards banquet. The event is set for Jan. 19-20 at the Doubletree Hotel in Austin.
     
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  • Funny Cide races at Saratoga
    By: Curtis Schick
    Capital News 9

    "It shows that people really do follow this horse, and they are interested in him," said Funny Cide's co-owner Jack Knowlton.

    It's homecoming for a local legend. Funny Cide returned to Saratoga, and it was a day of firsts. He tried to get his first win at the Spa. But, it was also the first running of the Woodward at Saratoga.
     
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  • The Ride Goes On 
    By Donna Ditota, Staff writer 
    The Post-Standard 

    Watertown Harold Cring ordered them from another country. The 7-by-7 diamond-shaped tiles, made in Mexico, portray all the pertinent information from that fateful day in May, when a racehorse transformed the lives of six childhood friends. 

    Funny Cide gallops through a corner of each specially made tile, his 2003 Kentucky Derby victory memorialized in clay. Cring ordered four of them and had them installed in the shower of his remodeled bathroom. The newly appointed room, dressed in the Sackets Harbor High colors of gray and maroon, had been discussed among Cring's Sackatoga Stable partners.  
     
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  • Funny Cide Preps for Woodward With Bullet Work
    by Blood-Horse Staff
    The Blood-Horse

    Funny Cide, who has been the pride of Sackatoga Stable, New York and Saratoga, put in the best workout for five furlongs over Saratoga's main track in 1:00, breezing, Thursday morning. 
     
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  • Funny Cide getting stronger at Saratoga
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Sackatoga Stable's dual classic winner Funny Cide took another step toward a likely start in the Woodward Stakes (G1) with another solid five-furlong work in 1:00.03 handily at Saratoga Race Course on Friday. 
     
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  • Funny Cide may run at Saratoga 
    Knowlton would like to see gelding in Woodward 
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer 
    The Times Union

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Of course, Jack Knowlton and the gang want to see Funny Cide run at Saratoga. Maybe they'll get their wish.
      
    The 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was out getting his daily exercise on the training track near the Spa backstretch Wednesday morning under the watchful eye of trainer Barclay Tagg. 
     
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  • Funny Cide possible for Woodward
    The Thoroughbred Times

    After registering his first graded stakes win in 21 months in the Dominion Day Stakes (Can-G3) on July 1 at Woodbine, Funny Cide might move back into Grade 1 company in the Woodward Stakes (G1) on September 2 at Saratoga Race Course.

    Trainer Barclay Tagg would prefer to start the six-year-old Distorted Humor gelding in a lighter spot, but he has not found a suitable one for the 2003 champion three-year-old male and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner.
     
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  • Funny Cide gets back on track 
    By RON GIERKINK 
    Daily Racing Form

    ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner, won his first start north of the border Saturday at Woodbine in the $200,800 Dominion Day Stakes.
     
    Jockey Richard Migliore let Funny Cide roll from the start, and they set fractions of 23.62 seconds, 47.14, and 1:11.48. Summer Book, Cryptograph, and Arch Hall all stalked the pace, and Cryptograph joined Funny Cide up front on the far turn.
     
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  • Funny Cide Crosses Border to Win Dominion Day
    The Bloodhorse

    (from Woodbine report)
    Dual Classic winner Funny Cide made his first race outside of the United States a winning one, taking Saturday's $200,000 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine by 1 1/2 lengths.
    The Barclay Tagg trainee, sent off as the 8-5 favorite, became the first Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner to triumph at the Toronto oval since Secretariat achieved the feat in 1973. Funny Cide won both the Derby and Preakness (gr. I) in 2003.
     
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  • Front-running Funny Cide wins Dominion Day in Canadian debut
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Champion Funny Cide brought racing fans at Woodbine to their feet on Saturday as he led from start to finish to win in his Canadian debut in the $179,855 Dominion Day Handicap (Can-G3).

    With Richard Migliore in the leathers, Funny Cide set a reserved pace while being tracked by Summer Book and Cryptograph and led by 2½ lengths through the first half-mile. Funny Cide quickened his pace on the far turn as Cryptograph moved ahead to challenge. 
     
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  • The Funny Cide Guys
    Three years ago six high school buddies reigned over the sport of kings. They're still horsing around 
    Sports Illustrated

    One morning in June, J.P. Constance was rummaging through a hardware store near his hometown of Sackets Harbor, N.Y., when a voice trilled across the aisles. "How is Funny Cide doing?" asked a woman he had never seen before. Constance, 58, recalled the encounter with a laugh. "Thank goodness," he said. "I thought the world had passed us by."

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  • "A HORSE NAMED FUNNY CIDE" Released 
    Sackatoga Stable 

    The first children's book about Funny Cide was released on April 20th.  "A Horse Named Funny Cide" was written by The Funny Cide Team and illustrated by Barry Moser.

    "Sally Jenkin's adult book, is well adapted for young readers with Moser's art.  Will appeal to horse fans of all ages!"
    -Kirkus Reviews
      
    "Funny Cide's Courageous run won him a nation of fans and the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.  With Barry Moser's  breathtaking illustrations bringing his story to life, A Horse Name Funny Cide is the perfect book for horse lovers of all ages.
    -G.P. Putnam's Sons
     

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  • Derby hero Funny Cide in Dominion Day at Woodbine 
    Woodbine Entertainment

    TORONTO – Funny Cide, who captured two jewels in the 2003 U.S. Triple Crown Series, headlines Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine.

    A son of Distorted Humor, Funny Cide took the racing world by storm three years ago, winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in impressive fashion, before finishing third to Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes.

    A lifetime winner of nine races from 30 starts, the New York-bred gelding, trained by Barclay Tagg, will venture outside of the United States for the first time in his career.

    “We were looking for a nice race with a nice purse,” said Jack Knowlton, managing partner of Sackatoga Stable. “There aren’t too many 1 ¼-mile races out there, so this worked out great. It’s not a tough ship to Woodbine and he’s doing really well these days.”
     
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  • Funny Cide adds holiday sparkle 
    By BILL TALLON
    The Daily Racing Form

    ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Funny Cide might not be the horse he once was, but he'll always be a Kentucky Derby winner.
    And that's why Funny Cide, despite being 6 years old and having had 23 starts since his 2003 Kentucky Derby triumph, will be in the spotlight when he makes his first Canadian appearance in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Dominion Day here at Woodbine. 
     
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  • Funny Cide tackles Woodbine
    The Buffalo News

    TORONTO - Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and richest New York-bred thoroughbred ever, will race at Woodbine on Saturday. 
     
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  • Funny Cide is off to the races
    News 10 Now

    Sackets Harbor's favorite race horse is going back to the tracks. Funny Cide will race again this Saturday, July 1st.
     
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  • Funny Cide snaps skid with determined Kings Point win
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Funny Cide displayed the determination of a dual classic winner and halted an eight-race winless streak with a three-quarter-length win in the $65,625 Kings Point Handicap on Sunday at Aqueduct.  
     
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  • Funny Cide ends drought 
    Captures Kings Point to end eight- race slump 
    Staff and wire reports 
    The Times Union

    NEW YORK -- Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, ended an eight-race losing streak with a victory Sunday in the $65,000 Kings Point Stakes at Aqueduct.
     
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  • FUNNY CIDE GUTS OUT WIN
    By JOHN DaSILVA
    New York Post

    The gutsy gelding Funny Cide showed everyone that he still has the will to win as he was passed by Gold and Roses at the top of the stretch but then came back again to win the $65,625 Kings Point Handicap. Richard Migliore guided the popular gelding to victory, running the mile and an eighth in 1:50.47.
     
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  • Keep Your Funny Cide Up As New York's Hero Returns To Big A 
    By NYRA Press Office

    Aqueduct Racetrack ends its Winter/Spring season on Sunday, April 30th and one of its biggest stars will be around for the Grand Finale.

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, the gritty chestnut gelding who, en route to winning the Eclipse Award as the three-year-old champion of 2003, became the first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, is scheduled to appear in the day's feature event, the $65,000-added Kings Point Handicap for New York-breds at nine furlongs.

    Also on the 10-race card will be the re-scheduled $100,000 Park Avenue Division (fillies) and $100,000 Times Square Division (colts and geldings) for three-year-olds at seven furlongs that are part of the New York Stallion Stakes. Those two races were originally scheduled for last Sunday, but moved when bad weather and track conditions forced cancellation of the races after the third race.

    Funny Cide, who also won the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2004, returned here on April 1st, where he dug in gamely but came up just short of West Virginia in the Grade 3 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap. Wednesday morning at Belmont Park, he breezed five furlongs in 1:00 and looks ready to add to the more than $3.2 million he has earned in his 28-race career under trainer Barclay Tagg.

    Funny Cide will again be ridden by jockey Richard Migliore. The popular New York jockey is in the midst of a comeback from a broken leg and other injures suffered in a freak paddock accident at Belmont Park last fall. 

    Underscoring Funny Cide's appearance on Sunday will be a signing by Jack Knowlton, Managing Partner of Sackatoga Stable, of the children's book A Horse Named Funny Cide, by the Funny Cide Team. The book is illustrated by Barry Moser and published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. The book signing will be from noon to 2 p.m. and will be held outside of the NYRA Store in the Clubhouse. A Horse Named Funny Cide may be purchased at the NYRA Store.

    There is no racing on Monday or Tuesday, May 1-2. The New York Racing Association season will resume on Wednesday, May 3 at Belmont Park with the opening of Belmont Park's 59-day Spring/Summer Meet.
     

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  • Knowlton is Keeping the Faith
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer 
    The Times Union
    First published: 
    Tuesday, January 10, 2006  

    Not giving up: Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, finished a tired seventh Saturday in his seasonal debut, but Jack Knowlton, the managing partner of Sackatoga Stables, is keeping the faith.

    He can take solace in the fact Funny Cide was making his first start since last July and coming off back problems. He also can toss the effort because Funny Cide was running in a six-furlong race at Gulfstream Park, not his ideal distance. And the winner, the Steve Asmussen-trained Gaff, was timed in a quick 1:08.50.

    "We hope this served its purpose as a good tightener for him," Knowlton said Monday from Florida.

    The winter goal for Funny Cide had been the $500,000, 1 1/8 -mile Donn Handicap, also at Gulfstream, on Feb. 4. He still might make that race but no decision has been made. Knowlton, trainer Barclay Tagg and the rest of the Funny Cide crew want to make sure they make the right move with the 6-year-old gelding.

    Funny Cide hasn't won a race since the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 2, 2004. Since then he has finished off the board in all five of his starts, beaten a combined 65 lengths. He'll soon be an afterthought if he doesn't start winning.

    "We would love to make the Donn Handicap," Knowlton said. "But not making it would not be the season. If we decided to back down and not go to a Grade I for his next race and look for something softer, that would be OK too. There are going to be a lot of good races this year."
     
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  • Funny Cide Preps for 2006
    Gulfstream Notes 

    Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide, one of the nation’s most popular horses in recent years but a disappointment during the 2005 campaign, continues to show improvement under trainer Barclay Tagg’s patient handling at Gulfstream Park.

    The Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner and 3-year-old champion of 2003 worked five furlongs in :58 1/5, handily, Friday morning at Gulfstream. Tagg’s assistant and Funny Cide’s regular exercise ride, Robin Smullen, was aboard for the trip.

    Tagg has indicated that the six-furlong Mr. Prospector Handicap Jan. 7 may serve as Funny Cide’s return to the races. The Grade 3 Mr. Prospector and Hal’s Hope handicaps and the Aventura Stakes make up the Spectacular Saturday I card at Gulfstream, opening weekend of the meet.

    The Mr. Prospector carries a $100,000 purse and may in turn serve as a prep for the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at a mile and an eighth. The Donn is the marquee event of the Spectacular Saturday II card Feb. 4.

    Funny Cide suffered from an aching back the past year and it showed in his performances: only three starts with a fourth in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special his best showing. In his career, the popular New York-bred gelding has won eight of 24 starts with earnings of $3.2 million. 

    He’s had three starts at Gulfstream. He won his 2004 bow at Gulfstream, then finished second to Medaglia d’Oro in the Donn Handicap (G1) later that year. He was sixth the year before in Offlee Wild’s Holy Bull Stakes.

    Joining Funny Cide on the work tab was Good Reward, a two-time Grade 1 winner on the turf trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey.

    Good Reward breezed four furlongs in :48 4/5. 

    Good Reward upset Artie Schiller in the Manhattan (G1) at Belmont Park last June at 14-1. The previous autumn he went out to California and upset (16-1) the Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park. The Phipps Stable homebred is a son of Storm Cat out of Heavenly Prize, the Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old filly of 1994.
      
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  • Funny Cide runs second, encourages connections
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide failed to find the winner's circle again, finishing second behind Sir Greeley in a $46,000 allowance race at Gulfstream Park yesterday in Hallandale Beach, Fla. 
     
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  • Funny Cide offers new reason to hope 
    Solid second-place finish best since October 2004 
    Times Union

    For the first time in a long time, 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide showed he still wants to run. 
     
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  • Funny Cide, Sun King to meet in Gulfstream allowance
    Thoroughbred Times 

    Dual classic winner Funny Cide and Grade 2 winner Sun King are entered in a one-mile allowance/optional claiming race on Thursday at Gulfstream Park. 
     
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  • Funny Cide races today in Grade III 
    Gelding's 6-year-old season to open with $100,000 stakes at Gulfstream 
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer 
    The Times Union

    Last year was a bust for Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. The 6-year-old Saratoga-born gelding will try to start anew today when he runs in the Grade III, $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

    The race will be shown live on ESPNews at approximately 4:44 p.m.
      
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  • Funny Cide returns today at Gulfstream 
    From Special Dispatches
    The Courier-Journal

    Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion, will make his first start in six months today in the $100,000, Grade III Mr. Prospector Handicap at Gulfstream. 

    The gelding will become the first Derby winner to race at age 6 since Gato del Sol in 1985.
      
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  • Funny Cide Faces Seven in Mr. Prospector Handicap
    by Blood-Horse Staff

    Edited Gulfstream Park report
    Sackatoga Stable's 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) hero Funny Cide makes his debut as a 6-year-old in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

    Funny Cide drew the rail and will be ridden by Edgar Prado in a field of eight older horses entered in the six-furlong Mr. Prospector, which will share the spotlight on the 10-race card with renewals of the $125,000 Aventura Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile and the $100,000 Hal's Hope Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles.
      
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  • Funny Cide to make 2006 debut in sprint 
    By MIKE WELSCH 
    The Daily Racing Form

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Funny Cide hasn't won a race since October 2004 yet his name remains one of the most recognizable in the sport, still conjuring memories of his outstanding 3-year-old campaign, highlighted by victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. 
      
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  • Funny Cide Back to Work at Gulfstream
    Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide, turned in
    another great workout today, breezing four furlongs in :46.40 at Gulfstream Park.
      
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  • Funny Cide gets ready for Gulfstream
    Daily Racing Form

    Funny Cide, who has not started since his sixth-place finish in the Suburban Handicap on July 2, is back training on a regular basis and could return to action as early as the opening week of the Gulfstream Park meet, trainer Barclay Tagg reported Wednesday.

    "He worked three furlongs before leaving Belmont and a half-mile here on Monday morning," said Tagg.  "He's doing great, and God willing I'll be able to work him now every six days.  There's a six-furlong race on Jan. 7, the Mr. Prospector, which would set him up nicely for the Donn Handicap."

    The Grade 1 Donn Handicap will be run on Feb. 4.

    Funny Cide, who made only three starts last season, was sent to the sidelines because of a back injury that Tagg said he first sustained in the Brooklyn Handicap and then further aggravated in the Suburban.

    "He just wasn't right, so we gave him the time off," Tagg said.  "I'm not going to force the issue with him right now.  If we can make the Donn, great.  If not, there are plenty of other races later in the year."
      
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2005 News Stories
  • Funny Cide Sidelined; Being Readied for Gulfstream Meet
    by Steve Haskin
    The Blood-Horse

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who has been plagued by a recurring sore back since early July, will be given some time off on the advice of veterinarians, and will point for a winter campaign at Gulfstream Park, trainer Barclay Tagg said Tuesday.
      
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  • Funny Cide done till next year 
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form

    ELMONT, N.Y. - Funny Cide's troubled 5-year-old season is over.
    A recurring back problem has forced trainer Barclay Tagg to pull Funny Cide out of training for a minimum of 30 days. He will be pointed to a 6-year-old campaign.
      
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  • Funny Cide in Suburban with Bailey 
    The Houston Chronicle

    Elmont, NY (Sports Network) - Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide will face seven rivals in Saturday's $500,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park. The 1 1/4 mile race will mark Jerry Bailey's first ride aboard the five-year-old gelding. 
     
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  • Funny Cide Works
    By: David Grening
    CBS Sportsline

    Funny Cide worked five furlongs in 1:00.61 Thursday morning over Belmont Park's main track. Funny Cide has not raced since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Suburban on July 2. His connections are hoping to find a race for him in the next two weeks as a possible prep for the Jockey Club Gold Cup. 
     
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  • Our Local Hero, Funny Cide, Was the Star
    The Saratogian
    By: Eric DeGrechie

    Our local hero, Funny Cide, was the star of the night once again as he took home Horse of the Year and top Older Horse awards.

    The Sackatoga Stable crew was in attendance as their life-changing ride continues at full steam.

    I've seen these guys at various functions countless times over the last two years and they're always smiling. This is a happy group and it's contagious whenever you're around them.


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  • Two more wins for Funny Cide
    State breeders honor New York's richest racer
    The Times Union
    By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer


    COLONIE -- Make it 5-for-5 with two Horse of the Year awards for the richest graduate of the New York breeding program.

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who won the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup last year at Belmont Park, earned his second consecutive Horse of the Year honor and fifth plaque overall to highlight the 25th annual New York Thoroughbred Breeders awards dinner Monday night at the Desmond.

     
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  • Winners on the page and winners off it
    Telegraph.co.uk - London,England,UK

    ... Always readable, often hilarious, this is the warm-hearted story of Funny Cide, an unknown New York-bred gelding, owned by a group of inexperienced, amateur ...


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  • Movie will give Sackets Harbor national attention
    By: Amy Ohler, News 10 Now Web Staff

    Sackets Harbor may be in the spotlight again. In April a book was released about the horse Funny Cide.

    And now, a made for television movie on Funny Cide is in the works.

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  • Funny Cide movie in the works
    By: Capital News 9 web staff

    A Spa City favorite could be coming to a TV screen near you.

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  • Funny Cide movie scheduled for spring production
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Production of a Turner Network Television movie on champion and dual classic winner Funny Cide is scheduled to begin next spring
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  • Casting call for Funny Cide
    By: Matt Graves
    The Times Union

    In case anybody's listening, I'd like to offer my services to TNT to serve as casting director for the upcoming movie version of Sally Jenkins' book on Funny Cide. I'll even do it pro bono.

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  • Another 'Cide' of racing
    Denise Martin, STAFF
    Yahoo News


    TNT is developing an original movie based on the book "Funny Cide," the true story of one of the most celebrated horseracing teams in history.

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  • TV Film on Funny Cide Slated
    by Lenny Shulman
    The Blood-Horse


    The TNT television network is said to be developing an original TV movie based on the book "Funny Cide."
    The book chronicles the story of the 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner, and the Sackatoga Stable group of mostly upstate New York residents that own him. Sportwriter Sally Jenkins penned the book.


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  • TNT Runs for the Roses with 'Funny Cide'
    Zap2it.com


    LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) A movie about Funny Cide, the horse that nearly won the 2003 Triple Crown, has become part of TNT's stable.
     
    "Funny Cide" will detail the story of how a group of high school friends pitched into purchase a lightly regarded gelding, and the horse's run at the first Triple Crown since 1978. The film will be based on a book by Washington Post sportswriter Sally Jenkins.


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  • Owners love Funny Cide of life
    By Ray Buck
    Star-Telegram Staff Writer
    The Star-Telegram (Subscription)


    WYNDHAM ANATOLE TO LONE STAR PARK -- The yellow school bus crawled into the Breeders' Cup compound, carrying the Funny Cide connection, about 80 passengers in all, packed to the yellow rooftop.


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  • Last laugh
    He'll never be a stud, but Funny Cide is still a superstar -- and a millionaire

    By Ray Buck
    Star-Telegram Staff Writer
     
    If horses could talk, Funny Cide would make ... well, a fun interview.

    He has his own book, his own Web site, his own bobblehead, an assortment of souvenir caps and T-shirts for sale ... even a best-selling beer named after him: Funny Cide Lite.

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  • Funny Cide to skip stakes 
    Knowlton hoping to enter colt in allowance races 
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
    The Times Union 
     
    For a long time, Jack Knowlton dreamed of seeing Funny Cide winning a big race at Saratoga Race Course. The Whitney Handicap was first on his wish list. 
     

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  • Belmont Park 
    Bailey to ride Funny Cide 
    By DAVID GRENING 
    The Daily Racing Form

    ELMONT, N.Y. - Jerry Bailey, the jockey who denied Funny Cide the 2003 Triple Crown when he rode Empire Maker to victory in the Belmont Stakes, will be the new rider of Funny Cide. Bailey will ride Funny Cide in his next start, which is scheduled to be the $500,000 Suburban Handicap here on July 2.
     
    "It's always great to get an opportunity to ride a good horse," Bailey said. "I do know him about as well as you can know a horse without riding him. I know what he likes and what he doesn't like. He's certainly very consistent - he's a tough horse, you can never count him out."

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  • Funny Cide handlers hire Bailey 
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer 
    The Times Union

    Jose Santos, the regular jockey for Funny Cide, is out.

    Santos, who has ridden the popular gelding in 21 of his 23 career starts, has been fired by trainer Barclay Tagg and Sackatoga Stable, the group that owns the horse.
      
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  • Belmont Park 
    Bailey to ride Funny Cide 
    By DAVID GRENING 
    The Daily Racing Form

    ELMONT, N.Y. - Jerry Bailey, the jockey who denied Funny Cide the 2003 Triple Crown when he rode Empire Maker to victory in the Belmont Stakes, will be the new rider of Funny Cide. Bailey will ride Funny Cide in his next start, which is scheduled to be the $500,000 Suburban Handicap here on July 2.
     
    "It's always great to get an opportunity to ride a good horse," Bailey said. "I do know him about as well as you can know a horse without riding him. I know what he likes and what he doesn't like. He's certainly very consistent - he's a tough horse, you can never count him out."

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  • Brooklyn maybe next for Funny Cide
    MSNBC
     
    Fans may get to see two Kentucky Derby winners run on the same card on June 11.

    While this year's Kentucky Derby winner, Giacomo, is being pointed to the Belmont Stakes, the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner, Funny Cide, is likely to make his next start in the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap on the same day. Funny Cide ran fourth in Friday's Pimlico Special, his first start in seven months.
     
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  • Kentucky Derby champ Funny Cide returns to site of his Preakness triumph 
    From Special Dispatches
    The Courier-Journal 
     
    Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby champ, heads a field of eight for today's $500,000, Grade I Pimlico Special.
      

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  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    Notebook: Funny Cide back racing
    By John Grupp
    TRIBUNE-REVIEW
     
    Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner, highlights the field in today's Grade I Pimlico Special.
       

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  • Funny Cide Heads Solid Field in Pimlico 
    By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer 
     
    BALTIMORE - One year later than planned, Funny Cide returns to the scene of his 2003 Preakness victory to run in the Pimlico Special. 

    The 5-year-old was a late scratch from the Grade 1 Special last year because he had a respiratory condition, and trainer Barclay Tagg was hesitant to test him in the excessive heat.
      

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  • THE INSIDE TRACK
    By: PAUL MORAN
    Newsday.com: The Inside Track 
     
    Funny Cide, who put himself in position to sweep the Triple Crown with a dominant victory in the 2003 Preakness, returns to Pimlico on Friday to make his seasonal debut in the Grade I Pimlico Special.
       

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  • Funny Cide ready for 2005 debut
    Ex-Triple Crown threat headlines outstanding Pimlico Special
    Daily Racing Form
     
    BALTIMORE - The Preakness Stakes on Saturday might be drawing the most interest this week at Pimlico, but it could be argued that the best race of the week will be run the day before, when an outstanding field of older horses, headed by Funny Cide, competes in the Grade 1, $500,000 Pimlico Special.

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  • Pimlico Special marks Funny Cide's '05 debut 
    By JAY PRIVMAN 
    The Daily Racing Form
     
    BALTIMORE - The Preakness Stakes on Saturday might be drawing the most interest this week at Pimlico, but it could be argued that the best race of the week will be run the day before, when an outstanding field of older horses, headed by Funny Cide, competes in the Grade 1, $500,000 Pimlico Special. 

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  • Funny Cide returns to action in Pimlico Special
    Brisnet.com
     
    Champion FUNNY CIDE (Distorted Humor) will make his seasonal debut in Friday's $500,000 Pimlico Special (G1). The five-year-old will return to the scene of his 9 3/4-length romp in the 2003 Preakness S. (G1). That year, the Barclay Tagg trainee won the Kentucky Derby (G1) but was denied the final jewel of the Triple Crown when running third in the Belmont S. (G1). He was later named champion three-year-old.

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  • Funny Cide returns in deep Pimlico Special 
    The Thoroughbred Times
     
    Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide will return to the site of his romp in the 2003 Preakness Stakes (G1) for his seasonal debut on Friday as the lone Grade 1 winner in a deep field of nine for the $500,000 Pimlico Special Handicap (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. 
     
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  • Funny Cide expected to return soon
    Sports Illustrated
     
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Funny Cide, the gelding who captured the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, will likely make his season debut on May 1 at Aqueduct.

    The target: the $75,000 King's Point Handicap, a race restricted to horses bred in New York. The King's Point would be a prep for the main objective--the Grade 1, $500,000 Pimlico Special at Pimlico on May 20th.

     
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  • Funny Cide expected to return soon
    Sports Illustrated
     
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Funny Cide, the gelding who captured the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, will likely make his season debut on May 1 at Aqueduct.

    The target: the $75,000 King's Point Handicap, a race restricted to horses bred in New York. The King's Point would be a prep for the main objective--the Grade 1, $500,000 Pimlico Special at Pimlico on May 20th.

     
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  • Funny Cide Breezes in Return to Belmont
    (from NYRA notes)
    The Blood-Horse


    Sackatoga Stable's 5-year-old Funny Cide, back at Belmont Park after a winter in Florida, breezed six furlongs in a bullet 1:13 Friday on the fast main track under trainer Barclay Tagg's assistant, Robin Smullen.

    "It was a very good work for him, and he did it the right way, going his first quarter in :24 4/5," Smullen said. "He got in around 11 a.m. on Monday, he jogged Tuesday and Wednesday, galloped on Thursday, and had this nice work today. He's is doing very well."

     
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  • Funny Cide Back to Work at Gulfstream
    by Steve Haskin
    The Blood-Horse

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who hasn't run since the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), turned in his first work of the year, breezing three furlongs in :36 3/5 Saturday at Gulfstream Park with regular exercise rider Robin Smullen aboard.

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  • Funny Cide Back on Track
    By Terri McKenna
    Sackatoga Stable


    Funny Cide, was back on track today with a fast workout on Gulfstream Parks' Dirt Track.  Funny Cide breezed through 3 furlongs with a final time of
    :36.60.

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  • Funny Cide Newest Inductee to Garden of Champions
    By Terrill Malone
    Gulfstream Park


    Funny Cide, one of the most popular thoroughbreds of recent times, will be inducted into Gulfstream Park’s Garden of Champions on March 5, Spectacular Saturday III.


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  • Funny Cide to be inducted into Gulfstream’s Garden of Champions
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Champion and dual classic winner Funny Cide will be inducted on March 5 into Gulfstream Park’s Garden of Champions, dedicated to champions who have raced at the Hallandale Beach, Florida, track since 1944.


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  • Funny Cide back on the track
    MSNBC Horse Racing

    Funny Cide, who remains among the most popular horses in training, is finally back to the track after being given several months of well deserved rest by trainer Barclay Tagg. A 5-year-old New York-bred, Funny Cide gained instant notoriety after winning the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and has earned more than $3.1 million for his owners, the Sackatoga Stable.


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  • FUNNY CIDE JOCKEY NOMINATED TO HALL OF FAME
    Newswatch 50 - WWTI News

    Jockey Jose Santos, who rode Funny Cide to wins in the 2003 Preakness and Kentucky Derby, is on the list of 20 candidates nominated for induction into thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame.
     
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  • FUNNY CIDE HEADS NORTH
    By Terri McKenna
    Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide was shipped his winter home at Gulfstream to his spring home at Belmont.  Workouts will resume over the coming days.
     
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  • FUNNY CIDE HAS ANOTHER GREAT WORKOUT
    By Terri McKenna
    Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide turned in another great workout today, breezing four furlongs in :47.40,at Gulfstream Park.

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  • Santos, Maple, Zito, S. Charm lead slate
    FOXSports.com
    Associated Press


    Santos, a four-time earnings leader nationwide, helped propel Funny Cide onto the national scene in 2003, riding to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before his shot at the Triple Crown fell short in the Belmont. Santos also won six Breeders' Cup races.

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  • Funny Cide breezes at Gulfstream in first work of year
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Champion and dual classic winner Funny Cide had his first workout of the year at Gulfstream Park on Saturday as trains toward his five-year-old debut.

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  • Funny Cide Works at Gulfstream Park
    By Rowland Hoyt
    Gulfstream Park


    Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, posted his first workout of the year at Gulfstream Park as he begins his comeback as a 5-year-old.

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2004 News Stories
  • Funny Cide on extended vacation
    By MIKE WELSCH
    The Daily Racing Form

    Funny Cide has settled into his winter home at Gulfstream Park but is not expected to see any action until the latter part of the meeting.

    Trainer Barclay Tagg has taken up residence in one of the new barns along the Gulfstream backstretch after spending the last two winters at the Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach.


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  • Funny Cide on vacation
    By: David Grening
    The Daily Racing Form

    Funny Cide, the champion 3-year-old of 2003, was expected to ship to Florida this week and take up residence at Gulfstream Park as he prepares for his 5-year-old season. Trainer Barclay Tagg said it is "unlikely" Funny Cide would make the Donn Handicap, but will likely be ready for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 5.


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  • Optimism Finally Finds a Home in Funny Cide's Camp
    By BILL FINLEY
    The New York Times


    RAND PRAIRIE, Tex., Oct. 28 - Barclay Tagg is infamous in horse racing for his gloomy, grumpy, pessimistic personality, so his enthusiasm, even giddiness, the other day came as a surprise. It seems that a happy horse can make a happy trainer, even when it comes to Tagg.

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  • Funny Cide aims for last laugh at BC Classic
    Daily Times


    GRAND PRAIRIE (Texas): The celebrated gelding Funny Cide has come to Texas looking to clear his good name at the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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  • Funny Cide a Classic tale of redemption?
    Stymied in bid for Triple Crown, Derby, Preakness winner back to prove he belongs
    By ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun
    SLAM! Sports

    Funny things happen when a horse knocks on the door to racing history and can't get through.

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  • Funny Cide´s 4-year-old record
    By The Associated Press
    The Associated Press
    From the Plainview Daily Herald


    Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, has won three of nine races as a 4-year-old. A rundown with date of race, finish, race, race chart call comment, winner:

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  • BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC
    Funny Cide's 2nd career
    NY-bred gelding, hero of the '03 Derby and Preakness, is back in top form and trying to beat big odds again
    BY PAUL MORAN
    STAFF WRITER
    News Day


    When they had last seen him, Funny Cide faded from the television frame as Pleasantly Perfect surged past Congaree and Medaglia d'Oro and settled the issue of the Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Julie Krone, who never had ridden him, has had better moments. She exerted no control as Funny Cide bore out sharply entering the first turn as the chestnut set out to chase a blistering pace while four wide for the first 7 furlongs. Then the 100-degree temperature and air laden with ash from massive wildfires only miles upwind of Santa Anita Park took hold, and Funny Cide began backing up to finish ninth of 10.

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  • Funny Cide ‘better than ever’ ahead of Breeders’ Cup Classic
    The Thoroughbred Times
     
    After watching Funny Cide breeze a half-mile in :46.87 at Belmont Park on Tuesday, trainer Barclay Tagg said the Distorted Humor gelding is "doing better than he ever has in his life" as he approaches a start on Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Lone Star Park.

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  • Funny Cide, Balletto Work in New York
    by Blood-Horse Staff


    Edited from Breeders' Cup notes
    Funny Cide, the New York-bred dual classic winner of 2003, breezed a half-mile in 46 4/5 at Belmont Park Tuesday, with trainer Barclay Tagg declaring that "Funny Cide is doing better than he ever has in his life."
    The Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner is scheduled to start in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I

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  • Funny Cide on his way to Texas
    By: Capital News 9 web staff
    Capital News 9


    It's a big week for Saratoga's horse.

    Funny Cide is on his way to Lonestar Park in Texas for Saturday's Breeder's Cup Classic.

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  • Funny Cide primed for Breeders' Cup Classic
    Sports Illustrated


    GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (AP) -- It's tough to figure out Funny Cide.

    A racing sensation one minute, an also-ran the next, the popular chestnut gelding is back to his winning ways and primed for Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Funny Cide is headed to Lone Star Park off perhaps the best race of his career, a gutty win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 2.

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  • Funny Cide doing `better than ever'
    BY NEIL MILBERT
    Chicago Tribune
    The Mercury News


    GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - (KRT) - In May, 2003 an obscure New York-bred gelding named Funny Cide emerged as a national celebrity when he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

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  • Funny Cide among pre-entries for Breeders' Cup
    Sports Illustrated


    NEW YORK -- The $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic is shaping up as a doozy of a race -- even without Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones.

    Funny Cide, the 2003 Derby and Preakness winner, returns to the limelight as the chestnut gelding joins defending champion Pleasantly Perfect, Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone and perhaps the great mare Azeri in a field of 13 pre-entered for the BC Classic at Lone Star Park in Texas on Oct. 30.

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  • Breeders' Cup Classic shapes up as just that
    Pleasantly Perfect will defend his title against a strong field featuring Funny Cide and Birdstone.
    By Debbie Arrington -- Bee Staff Writer
    The Sacramento Bee


    To keep his crown, defending Breeders' Cup Classic champion Pleasantly Perfect must beat a Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner, a Belmont Stakes upsetter, two colts undefeated in 2004 and perhaps racing's greatest mare.
    Next week's 21st renewal of the $4 million Classic could be the best yet with a formidable field of 13 pre-entered Wednesday. Breeders' Cup XXI drew 101 horses for its eight world championship races, to be run Oct. 30 at Texas' Lone Star Park. Post positions will be drawn next Wednesday.

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  • Funny Cide riding high
    By JAY PRIVMAN
    The Daily Racing Form


    GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - From darling, to discard, back to darling again. So has been the story arc of Funny Cide, who was embraced during his Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories in the spring of 2003, cast aside after a disastrous second half of 2003, but has gained renewed, overdue appreciation thanks to a productive 4-year-old campaign, including his recent victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

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  • Breeders’ Cup notes: Funny Cide gears up for Classic
    The Thoroughbred Times


    Champion and dual classic winner Funny Cide breezed six furlongs in 1:12.87 on Thursday at Belmont Park in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on October 30 at Lone Star Park. 

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  • Belmont Park

    At age 4, Funny Cide still on top
    By KAREN M. JOHNSON
    The Daily Racing Form


    ELMONT, N.Y. - For the past 10 years in the fall at Belmont Park, New York breeders and owners have showcased their best New York-breds on a racing program that features seven stakes, worth a total of $1 million.
     
    Saturday's New York Showcase Day has evolved into the equivalent of the Breeders' Cup for horses foaled in the Empire State and their connections.

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  • Classic showdown in Texas
    By Matt Graves
    The Times Union

    A total of 101 horses were officially pre-entered Wednesday for next week's eight-race Breeders' Cup. The 21st edition of the event is scheduled for Lone Star Park.
    Among the pre-entered horses in the $4 million Classic are two with indelible ties to the Capital Region.

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  • Azeri, Birdstone, Funny Cide, Pleasantly Perfect among 101 horses pre-entered for Breeders' Cup races
    RICHARD ROSENBLATT
    AP Racing Writer


    The $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic is shaping up as a doozy of a race -- even without Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones.

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  • Funny Cide Pre-Entered for Breeders' Cup
    By RICHARD ROSENBLATT
    AP Racing Writer


    The $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic is shaping up as a doozy of a race — even without Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones.

    Funny Cide, the 2003 Derby and Preakness winner, returns to the limelight as the chestnut gelding joins defending champion Pleasantly Perfect, Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone and perhaps the great mare Azeri in a field of 13 pre-entered for the BC Classic at Lone Star Park in Texas on Oct. 30.

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  • Funny Cide takes bad-weather break
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form


    New York-based Breeders' Cup horses will have to train around the weather this week. On Tuesday, that meant a day of light exercise as heavy rains made for a sloppy Belmont main track.

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  • Belmont Park
    Funny Cide works before it's wet
    By KAREN M. JOHNSON
    The Daily Racing Form


    ELMONT, N.Y. - Because of an iffy weather forecast, the connections of Funny Cide decided to move the gelding's first work since winning the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup up one day.

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  • Countdown to the Cup: Time for that 'Old Meadowlands Magic'
    by Steve Haskin
    The Blood-Horse

    And you thought all the important preps for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) had been run. Well, sitting out there all by itself, virtually unnoticed among the morass of major stakes this past weekend was the $500,0000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II), just waiting to conjure up another live Classic longshot.

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  • Breeders' Cup, Lone Star Park
    By Nigel Ridgway of bet365
    Gambling Gates.com

    Funny Cide rekindled memories of his dual Classic-winning season with an impressive victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park last Saturday. Since the 2003 Preakness, Funny Cide had won just twice, and time seemed to have run out for last year's Kentucky Derby hero.

    Saturday's race was his last chance to prove he still retained the ability, but a return to the big time wasn't looking assured as he began to falter after taking a brief lead early on, dropping back to third as the field turned into the stretch.

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  • Funny Cide Trains at Belmont
    By Terri McKenna
    Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide had a breezing workout at the BELMONT PARK --- (Dirt) Track Fast.  Funny Cide finished with a final time of :59.56.

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  • Stars head to Breeders' Cup
    By The Associated Press
    The Seattle Times

    NEW YORK — Smarty Jones is on the farm, and Sightseek is retiring.

    Two of the sport's marquee names won't be around for the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. But the Breeders' Cup races are expected to attract the best North American horses in training, including Birdstone, this year's Triple Crown spoiler; Funny Cide, last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner; and Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year.

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  • Funny Cide has officials smiling
    Jockey Club Gold Cup win boosts star power for Breeders' Cup
    By RICHARD DURRETT
    The Dallas Morning News

    As Funny Cide was led to the winner's circle after a rousing stretch run to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday at Belmont Park, Jim Gluckson appeared just as happy as jockey Jose Santos and trainer Barclay Tagg.

    "I'm excited to have him come back and come to Lone Star Park," said Gluckson, the director of events communication for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. "There is magnetism to Funny Cide's name. He's not just a New York horse. He's a national horse."

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  • Funny Cide makes grade
    By Matt Graves
    The Times Union

    Jack Knowlton believes things should be different this time for Funny Cide at the Breeders' Cup.

    The Sackatoga Stable gelding, who added a tidy $620,000 to his career bankroll by winning the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup last weekend, will be going to Texas in a lot better shape than when they sent him to Santa Anita last year, where the result was a disappointing ninth-place finish.

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  • Funny Cide Comes Back - And Comes Back A Gold Cup Winner
    By Francis LaBelle Jr.
    NYRA


    He had made history and a legion of fans by winning the Kentucky Derby and Peakness in 2003. But Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide seemed to fade away in 2004.
    Smarty Jones grabbed the spotlight in the spring as racing’s newest sensation, and other horses were building their reps while Funny Cide managed only two wins in eight starts.

    Even his jockey, Jose Santos, had a bad year, breaking his arm shortly before the opening of Saratoga.

    But Saturday afternoon, at the place where he lost his chance to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner in the 2003 Belmont Stakes, the chestnut New York-bred Funny Cide and Santos reunited to overtake upset-minded Newfoundland and win the 86th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup for three-year-olds at up at 10 furlongs - the centerpiece of Belmont Park’s Fall Championship Meet.

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  • Overachieving Funny Cide earns Classic shot
    Don't underestimate N.Y.-bred gelding in Breeders' Cup
    By Bob Neumeier
    NBC Sports
    MSNBC

    You will get no argument from me if you call the field for last weekend’s Jockey Club Gold Cup “modest at best,” particularly with $1 million dollars in purse money at stake. That is an undeniable state of horse racing in general, namely that there are simply not enough legitimate Grade 1 horses for the rich purses being offered.

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  • Belmont Park
    Funny Cide earns his way into the big one
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form

    ELMONT, N.Y. - A year ago, confusion reigned in Camp Funny Cide when it came to plotting out a fall campaign. In one five-day span, the plan changed three times. Ultimately, Funny Cide wound up in the Breeders' Cup Classic, a race for which he was ill prepared and finished ninth.

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  • Tagg upbeat about Funny Cide’s Classic chances
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Barclay Tagg is personally not overly excited about making a trip to Texas for the Breeders’ Cup later this month, but the New York-based conditioner remains somewhat optimistic that the journey for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) will be a successful one for Funny Cide.

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  • Funny Cide finds its way back to winner's circle
    South Florida Sun Sentinel

    NEW YORK · Funny Cide is New York's hero again.

    The 4-year-old gelding stormed into the lead down the stretch and pulled away for a sweet victory in the rain in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Saturday. Just like that, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner had that elusive victory over the same wet racetrack where he suffered his cruelest defeat -- a loss in the Belmont Stakes that ended his Triple Crown bid.

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  • BELMONT JOY AT LAST FOR FUNNY CIDE
    SportingLife.com

    Funny Cide laid his Belmont Park bogey to rest when battling to victory in the Grade One Jockey Club Gold Cup over 10 furlongs.

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  • Funny Cide returns to glory
    By Jennie Rees
    The Courier-Journal

    ELMONT, N.Y. — Almost everybody in the crowd of 16,508 at Belmont Park yesterday thought 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide was toast after he gave up the lead and dropped back to fourth turning for home in yesterday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup — including trainer Barclay Tagg.

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  • Funny Cide Gets His Biggest Victory Since the Preakness
    By BILL FINLEY
    The New York Times

    The Jockey Club Gold Cup was going to be more of the same for Funny Cide. Just 2 for 8 this year, a loser of four straight races and a horse whose luster had evaporated, Funny Cide seemed to be hopelessly dropping back midway through the far turn yesterday at Belmont Park. It was the final round and he was running like a punch-drunk fighter.

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  • Redemption
    Funny Cide finally wins at Belmont by taking Jockey Club Gold Cup
    Sports Illustrated


    NEW YORK (AP) -- Funny Cide is New York's hero again.

    The 4-year-old gelding stormed into the lead down the stretch and pulled away for a sweet victory in the rain in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Saturday.

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  • Funny Cide Gets Serious in JC Gold Cup
    by Jack Shinar
    The Blood Horse


    The gritty gelding Funny Cide, a loser of six straight grade I races since he won the 2003 Preakness, came back from what appeared to be certain defeat for a spine-tingling victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park.

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  • Filmmakers scout locations for Funny Cide movie
    ERIC DeGRECHIE , The Saratogian

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The connections of Funny Cide are considering two different spots for the New York-bred gelding to make his next start as it appears more and more likely that a movie is on the horizon.

    'There was a producer and screenwriter in Saratoga last week and then they headed up to Sackets Harbor,' Sackatoga Stable managing partner Jack Knowlton said on Wednesday. 'They've purchased an option on the book and that's good for a year.'


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  • Funny Cide gets last laugh
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form


    ELMONT, N.Y - The gutsy gelding is back.
    Funny Cide, who appeared to be backing up around the far turn, showed why he is called the gutsy gelding by rallying from fourth in the stretch to win the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup by three-quarters of a length over longshot Newfoundland. It was one length back to The Cliff's Edge in third.

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  • Funny Cide wins big
    Gold Cup victory likely to bring Breeders' Cup trip
    By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer
    The Times Union


    ELMONT -- Don't call the equine undertaker for Funny Cide just yet.
    Given up for dead by some of his fans after four consecutive defeats and figuratively buried by track announcer Tom Durkin after he began losing ground on the final turn, the Sackatoga Stable gelding summoned inexplicable courage and grit to come back and win the $1 million Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup in one of the most remarkable performances of the racing season.

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  • Funny Cide takes Jockey Club Gold Cup
    By MICHAEL VEITCH
    The Saratogian


    Funny Cide made it Saratoga's day at the races Saturday at Belmont Park.

    Displaying deep reserves of courage with a stretch rally, the Sackatoga Stable Kentucky Derby winner captured the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

    The champion 3-year-old of 2003 reminded the racing world that he is still a tough customer going a distance of ground.

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  • Funny Cide heads Jockey Gold Cup field
    IF GELDING WINS, NEXT RACE WILL BE IN BREEDERS' CLASSIC
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Funny Cide will try again to win at Belmont Park, this time in Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup.

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  • FUNNY CIDE HOPES TO BE GOOD AS 'GOLD'
    By ED FOUNTAINE
    The New York Post


    Funny Cide, last year's Kentucky Derby champ who's winless since April, heads a field of seven entered yesterday for tomorrow's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

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  • Another Crack for Funny Cide in JC Gold Cup
    The Blood Horse


    (from Belmont Park report)
    With some key defections in the field, popular geldings Evening Attire and Funny Cide, the top two finishers in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup (gr. II), emerge as top contenders Saturday in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).

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  • Rematch set for Gold Cup
    By MATT GRAVES
    The Times Union


    It looks as if Funny Cide will get a chance for revenge against Evening Attire in Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

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  • Funny Cide most likely staying put
    By KAREN M. JOHNSON
    The Daily Racing Form


    ELMONT, N.Y. - A scheduled work by Funny Cide was postponed because of a wet track Wednesday and was rescheduled for Thursday. On Saturday, Funny Cide will probably run in Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
    On Wednesday, trainer Barclay Tagg said he was "leaning toward" starting Funny Cide in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup rather than the $750,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup the same day. Entries will close for the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Hawthorne Gold Cup on Thursday.

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  • Funny Cide works, but plans unclear
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form


    ELMONT, N.Y. - Funny Cide and Evening Attire signaled their readiness for the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup with sharp workouts Thursday morning at Belmont Park. Now they just need their trainers to be equally prepared to run.

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  • Evening Attire, Peace Rules, Funny Cide Highlight Belmont Work Tab
    by Blood-Horse Staff
    The Blood Horse
    Edited from NYRA reports

    Evening Attire worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5, breezing under exercise rider Danny Vogt on Belmont Park's fast training track Thursday morning, as he continued to train forward for the grade I, $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup at 10 furlongs on Saturday, Oct. 2. The time was the fastest of five works at the distance on the training track.

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  • Trio of Gold Cup candidates highlight morning at Belmont
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Sackatoga Stable’s champion Funny Cide delivered an impressive morning move on Thursday at Belmont Park, but trainer Barclay Tagg remained on the fence regarding where the Distorted Humor gelding would make his next start.


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  • Eastern State Rewards Programs
    by Leslie Deckard
    The Blood Horse

    Four years ago, the mare Belle's Good Cide was sent from Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., to Joe and Ann McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Casner and Troutt had just purchased the former Prestonwood Farm and all its stock from brothers Art, Jack, and the late J.R. Preston, and decided to send some of the mares to New York to foal as a way to take advantage of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund. Just a few months after leaving her old Kentucky home, the mare produced a ridgling colt from the first crop of Prestonwood-turned-WinStar stallion Distorted Humor. That chestnut ridgling grew up to become Funny Cide--the first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).


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  • Funny Cide Captured in Portrait
    Sackatoga Stable

    Joe Criscuoli has painted a portrait of our most memorable event in horseracing, as Funny Cide, with Jose Santos up, approaches the finish line to win the 2003 Kentucky Derby. Signed and numbered limited-edition prints, posters and note cards made from the painting and authorized by Funny Cide Ventures, LLC are available by visiting Joe's website.



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  • Second on track, first in hearts
    Huge crowd turns out to see hometown favorite fall short, but they love him win or lose
    By LEIGH HORNBECK, Staff writer
    The Times Union

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- People stood four and five deep at the paddock fence, just searching for a glimpse. And as they waited, they traded stories of their history as Funny Cide fans.
    The hometown horse, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was preparing to make his first appearance in a race at Saratoga before a crowd of 70,175 people, the second largest in the track's history. The largest crowd, 71,337, was on Aug. 17, 2003.


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  • A tale of two Gold Cups
    By KAREN M. JOHNSON
    The Daily Racing Form

    Evening Attire and Funny Cide worked Friday for their next race, which is expected to come in a Gold Cup on Oct. 2. The question is - which Gold Cup?

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  • Funny Cide Trains
    Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide put in a breezing workout by going :59.87 on Saturday morning at Belmont's (Dirt) Fast Track.


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  • Let's clink our glass in a toast to Funny Cide
    The Record

    The pint glasses being given away at Saratoga Race Course Sunday were not the No. 1 reason that paid attendance was the second highest ever.

    The big draw was anything but pint-sized: This was the first chance to see the locally bred Funny Cide, winner of last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, run at Saratoga Race Course.


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  • Fans pack track for glimpse of Funny Cide
    MATT LEON
    The Saratogian

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- With the roar of a hometown crowd behind him at last, Funny Cide stepped into the starting gates at Saratoga on Sunday and earned a second-place finish.

    The gelding was the even-money favorite in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup, and though most in the crowd were hoping for a win, they were happy to have a touch of Funny Cide fever for another day. As the field lined up for the ninth race, fans leaned over the fence and snapped pictures of the near-winner of the 2003 Triple Crown that was foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in the town of Saratoga.


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  • Funny Cide fever returns
    By: Emily Riemer
    Capital News 9 web staff

    Fans came out by the thousands Sunday to see Funny Cide -- the horse they first set their hearts on last year during his run for the Triple Crown.

    Tom Gaughan of Albany said, "I pride myself on being the first person to place a bet on him for the Kentucky Derby. I placed my bet six months before the race in Las Vegas."

    This season, fans aren't bitter about his Belmont loss. They're ready to see him run again.


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  • Funny Cide Finishes Second in His Return Home
    By JASON DIAMOS
    The New York Times


    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., Aug. 22 - Because of setbacks in his training, Funny Cide didn't have the chance to run in the Travers Stakes last summer after he won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Sunday was supposed to be the day he made up for lost time.


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  • Saratoga
    Funny Cide finds ideal spot
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form


    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - It is one year later than his legion of fans would have preferred, but Funny Cide will make his long-awaited Saratoga debut here Sunday in the Grade 2, $250,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap.

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  • Funny Cide Makes Long-Awaited Saratoga Debut
    by Blood-Horse Staff


    Edited from NYRA reports
    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide will make his first start at Saratoga on Sunday when heads a field of eight in the 87th running of the grade II, $250,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup at 1 1/4 miles.


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  • Funny Cide at home in Saratoga Breeders’ Cup
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Funny Cide will make his first start at Saratoga Race Course while attempting to snap a three-race losing streak on Sunday in the $250,000 Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2).


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  • Funny Cide comes home
    Finally, Saratoga has local hero in a race
    The Courier Journal

    For all of Funny Cide's connections to Saratoga — a street corner in town and local ice cream, wine and beer are named in his honor, and he was foaled a couple of miles away — he never has raced here.


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  • Funny Cide Returns!
    Fox 23 News

    Get ready folks, Funny Cide is about to race for the first time at the Saratoga Track this Sunday.


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  • FUNNY CIDE PRIMED FOR SPA-CIAL EFFORT
    The New York Post

    SARATOGA SPRINGS — Good things come to those who wait, and for the Sackatoga Stable boys who own Funny Cide, and the 4-year-old gelding's legion of upstate fans, today's the day the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner finally makes his long-anticipated first start at the Old Spa.


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  • Funny Cide faces stiff competition
    Evening Attire will try to defeat hometown hero
    By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer
    The Times Union

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Most eyes will be on Funny Cide today in the Grade II Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap, and some legitimate contenders may get lost in the hoopla.


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  • For Funny Cide, It's Root, Root, Root by the Home Team
    By BILL FINLEY
    The New York Times

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., Aug. 18 - The thrills have gone way beyond anything a group of high school buddies could ever have imagined when each threw in a few thousand dollars to buy a New York-bred racehorse a couple of years back. Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and an Eclipse Award, taking his 10 owners on a fairy-tale ride that was racing's feel-good story of 2003.


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  • Funny Cide finally to get taste of Spa
    HERALD LEADER STAFF, WIRE REPORTS
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Sackatoga Stable’s dual classic winner Funny Cide has never raced at Saratoga, a disappointment to his many local fans and to his owners.

    But the wait is over. Funny Cide is set for his first Saratoga appearance on Sunday. He will lead a modest group of horses in the $250,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup, and he should be hard to beat.

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  • Funny Cide plans Saratoga racing debut Aug. 22
    Robin Wood
    The Business Review

    Funny Cide, the New York-bred winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby, will make his racing debut at the Saratoga Race Course Aug. 22, running in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup race. The winning horses will share a pot of $250,000.

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  • Funny Cide, Sarava Work Toward Saratoga Breeders' Cup
    by Blood-Horse Staff

    Edited from NYRA reports
    Funny Cide put in his final workout Wednesday morning over the Saratoga main track by going five furlongs in :59 1/5 with jockey Edgar Prado aboard. The 4-year-old, New York-bred gelding, owned by Sackatoga Stable, is expected to highlight the grade II, $300,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap for older handicap horses running at 1 ¼ miles on Sunday.

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    Funny Cide warms up for Breeder's Cup
    By: Capital News 9 web staff

    Funny Cide fever has resurfaced at the Saratoga Race Course as the famed horse worked out in preparation for the big Saratoga Breeder's Cup.

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  • Knowlton speaks at Chamber breakfast
    By: Capital News 9 web staff

    In honor of Funny Cide's first run at the Saratoga Race Course, owner Jack Knowlton spoke at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday morning.

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  • Saratoga notebook: Funny Cide set for Saratoga Breeders’ Cup
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner, worked five furlongs under jockey Edgar Prado in :59.22 over the Saratoga Race Course main track on Wednesday in a final drill for the Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) on Sunday.


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  • Trainer has his funny side
    Jousting with media, Tagg says horse set for Sunday
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
    The Times Union

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Barclay Tagg stood inside the shedrow of his barn on the Saratoga backstretch Monday morning and grimaced when he saw what was coming toward him.

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  • Funny Cide set for a Saratoga run
    Gelding expected to run in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
    The Times Union

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The yearlong wait is nearly over. Funny Cide, the most popular horse never to run at Saratoga Race Course, is scheduled to run here on Sunday in the $250,000 Grade II Saratoga Breeders' Cup.

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  • Saratoga notebook: Champions Funny Cide, Azeri in action Thursday
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Sackatoga Stable’s dual classic winner Funny Cide continued his preparation for the $250,000 Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) on August 22 with sharp one-mile breeze over the main track at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday.

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  • Funny Cide in Brilliant Saratoga Drill
    (from Saratoga Notes)
    The Blood Horse

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide turned heads at Saratoga Thursday morning when he put in a powerful one-mile workout in 1:37 4/5 on the main track with jockey Edgar Prado aboard.

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  • Funny Cide impresses in mile work
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Edgar Prado was a little late for his Thursday morning appointment with Funny Cide, but the two wound up being right on time when it came to a one-mile workout over Saratoga's main track.

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  • Funny Cide works 1 mile
    Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide had a breezing workout out at Saratoga today.  Finishing 1 mile in 1:37.80.

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  • New Appreciation of Funny Cide
    Haskin's Saratoga Journal
    by Steve Haskin
    The Blood Horse

    What will be the most profound race run at Saratoga this year? Sunday's Go For Wand? Perhaps. The Travers? Doubtful. The answer could very well be the Saratoga Breeders' Cup (gr. II), only because of the presence of Funny Cide, a horse whose appreciation should multiply many times over since the retirement of Smarty Jones (note: the term early retirement in regard to our top horses has now become redundant). It seems as if the most fan-friendly word in the racing dictionary these days is gelding.

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  • Funny Cide breezes toward start in Saratoga Breeders’ Cup
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Dual classic winner Funny Cide breezed five furlongs on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in preparation for his expected start in the Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) on August 22.

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  • Funny Cide is iffy for Saratoga
    Trainer may run horse in August if weather good
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer

    The Times Union

    ELMONT -- The Funny Cide watch is on. Again.

    With the opening of the 136th season of racing at Saratoga two days away, a never-ending question surrounds the connections of Funny Cide, the New York-bred gelding: Will he run during the 36-day meet?

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  • Jockey Santos out with arm fracture
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Jockey Jose Santos will be sidelined until at least August 20 after suffering a hairline fracture in his right arm in an accident at Belmont Park on Friday.

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  • Funny Cide has a great workout
    Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide breezed through a workout on Sunday at Belmont Park.  Track conditions were good and Funny Cide finished with a final time of 0:47.01.

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  • Will Del Mar have a Funny Cide?
    By: JEFF NAHILL - Staff Writer
    North Country Times

    DEL MAR ---- Jack Knowlton is enjoying the fruits of victory, or in this case, of owning a Kentucky Derby winner. Knowlton is the front man for Sackatoga Stable, which was the gang of high school friends who parlayed a New York-bred named Funny Cide into a household name last year when the gelding won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes before missing the Triple Crown in the muck and mire of Belmont Park.

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  • Funny Cide will be honored at Finger Lakes
    Staff report
    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

    Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack will pay tribute to Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide with a bobblehead giveaway at the New York Derby Day on Saturday.

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  • Short summer break for Funny Cide
    By Adam Coglianese/NYRA
    The Daily Racing Form

    ELMONT, N.Y. - Following his third-place finish in Saturday's Grade 1 Suburban, Funny Cide has been kicking back in the round pen adjacent to his Belmont Park barn.

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  • Funny Cide gets a bad rap
    By MATT GRAVES
    The
    Times Union

    It has been little more than a year since Funny Cide seemed to be the most popular horse since Seabiscuit, yet a lot of what I've been hearing about the Sackatoga Stable gelding these days would have to be described as bashing. Some of it I understand, most of it I don't.

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  • FUTURE UNCLEAR FOR FUNNY CIDE
    If weather cooperates, he could run at Saratoga
    By TIM WILKIN Staff writer
    The Times Union

    Jack Knowlton and his pals from Sackatoga Stable will not make the call, and neither will trainer Barclay Tagg.
    The weatherman will decide if Funny Cide runs at the upcoming meet at Saratoga Race Course.

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  • FUNNY CIDE TEAM STILL EARNING KUDOS
    Turf writers recognize contributions to racing
    By MATT GRAVES Staff writer
    The Times Union

    Funny Cide never made it to the races at Saratoga in 2003, but the Sackatoga Stable star will be honored in the Spa City at the 81st New York Turf Writers Association awards banquet at the Gideon Putnam Hotel on Aug. 23.

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  • Funny Cide third in Suburban Handicap
    Peace Rules wins $500,000 race at Belmont Park
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK - Peace Rules surged past Newfoundland and former Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide in the stretch to win Saturday’s Grade 1 $500,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park.

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  • Appeal depends on interest
    By Kevin Modesti
    Staff Writer
    The
    Daily News

    INGLEWOOD - What do horse racing fans like better, a great gambling event with no marquee value or a star showcase with little handicapping intrigue?

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  • Tagg keeping eye on Suburban, Hollywood Gold Cup for Funny Cide
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Funny Cide breezed a half-mile in :46.75 at Belmont Park on Wednesday in his first serious move since finishing second by a head in the Massachusetts Handicap (G2) at Suffolk Downs on June 19.

    Following the workout, trainer Barclay Tagg said he has not ruled out starting the Distorted Humor gelding in either the Suburban Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park on Saturday or the Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes (G1) on July 10.

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  • Knowlton highlights Colonial Downs events
    By Nick Hahn / Daily Progress correspondent
    The
    Daily Progress

    Both $50,000 stakes races at Colonial Downs this weekend have full fields of fillies and mares hoping to give their owners a turn in the winner’s circle. With only a slight chance of rain on Saturday, thirteen entries are expected to enter the starting gate in Saturday’s Buckland Stakes, a five and a half furlong turf sprint. Bright Gold is trained by Mary Eppler and is the 4-1 morning line choice in the Buckland. The four year old filly gave With Patience everything she could handle in the Somethingroyal Stakes at Colonial two weeks ago, but she is far from being a lock in this balanced field that includes Oh Say Vicki (9-2), Glowing Breeze (5-1), and Our Mariah (6-1).

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  • Suburban Showdown: Funny Cide, Peace Rules, and Dynever
    by Blood-Horse Staff

    The
    Blood-Horse

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who just two weeks ago was beaten a head in the $500,000 MassCap (gr. II) at Suffolk Downs, has drawn the rail for Saturday's Suburban Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The Suburban is one of the highlights of the New York Racing Association's annual Fourth of July grab bag of stakes. Also on the card is the six-furlong Prioress Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies.

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  • Funny Cide Places Second; Azeri Fades
    By BILL FINLEY
    The New York Times

    The last time Offlee Wild met Funny Cide, he was a forgotten also-ran in the 2003 Kentucky Derby, finishing more than 11 lengths behind Funny Cide, who would go on to flirt with a sweep of the Triple Crown races.

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  • Winners still in circle
    Funny Cide owners keep sharing laughs
    By Marc Carig, Globe Correspondent
    The Boston Globe

    SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. -- The men bellow and carry on while swilling beer on the porch, oblivious to the setting sun signaling the end of another spring day on the banks of Lake Ontario.

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  • Funny Cide team still earning kudos
    Turf writers recognize contributions to racing
    By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer
    The Times Union

    Funny Cide never made it to the races at Saratoga in 2003, but the Sackatoga Stable star will be honored in the Spa City at the 81st New York Turf Writers Association awards banquet at the Gideon Putnam Hotel on Aug. 23.

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  • Funny Cide Favored for Saturday's MassCap
    The Blood Horse

    Four grade I winners, including last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes champion Funny Cide, are among the nine horses entered for Saturday's $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) at Suffolk Downs.

    Funny Cide was made the 8-5 favorite in a field of nine entered Wednesday in the 1 1/8-mile event.

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  • Funny Cide, Evening Attire reunite in return of Mass ’Cap
    The Thoroughbred Times

    After finishing fifth in the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park on May 31, dual classic winner Funny Cide will return to two turns on Saturday against eight rivals in the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (G2) at Suffolk Downs.

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  • Funny Cide favored in MassCap
    The Associated Press

    BOSTON -- Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was made the 8-5 favorite for Saturday's Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs.

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  • Funny Cide heads expected field for Mass ’Cap
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Suffolk Downs officials are expecting as many as nine starters, including dual classic winner Funny Cide, for the track’s signature race, the Massachusetts Handicap (G2) on Saturday.

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  • Funny Cide fit for Mass Cap
    By ROWLAND HOYT
    The Daily Racing Form

    EAST BOSTON, Mass. - A field of six to nine horses led by Funny Cide is expected to be entered on Wednesday for the Grade 2, $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap on Saturday at Suffolk Downs.

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  • Weights set for MassCap
    By Ron Indrisano, Globe Staff
    The Boston Globe

    Suffolk Downs yesterday released the weights for Saturday's $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap, with Funny Cide the highweight among those expected to enter at 117 pounds. Another likely entrant, Evening Attire, was assigned 114, while possible starters Bowman's Band and Gygistar were given 114 and 113.

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  • Funny Cide in Mass Cap - if things go right
    By ROWLAND HOYT
    The Daily Racing Form

    EAST BOSTON, Mass. - When Suffolk Downs management decided to move the Massachusetts Handicap from Memorial Day weekend to next Saturday, they were hoping to bring the race back from a one-year hiatus with a bang. It would appear they have succeeded, with word that last year's Derby and Preakness winner, Funny Cide, is pointing to the race.

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  • Funny Cide being pointed to Massachusetts Handicap
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide, who finished fifth in the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) on May 31, could return to the races in the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (G2) on June 19 at Suffolk Downs.

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  • Funny Cide Among Six Grade I Winners Nominated to MassCap
    by Blood-Horse Staff

    Edited from Suffolk Downs release
    Last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide is one of six grade I winners among the 35 nominees for the grade II, $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap to be held Saturday, June 19 at Suffolk Downs.

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  • Funny Cide in line for MassCap
    By Ron Indrisano, Globe Staff


    The $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs, which returns June 19 after a one-year hiatus, drew 35 nominations yesterday, headed by Funny Cide.

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  • On Eve of Belmont, Trainer Talks about Funny Cide Heartbreaker
    WABC

    In a few days, Smarty Jones will try to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. The trainer of the last horse to give it a try is talking about why Funny Cide couldn't take the Belmont, and the elusive crown.

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  • Funny Cide owners give author run for her money
    By Susan Campbell
    The Hartford Courant

    Sally Jenkins had just about decided to stop co-writing books.

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  • At 4, Funny Cide Enters a New Age
    By John Scheinman

    The Washington Post


    The Funny Cide Store in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is closing down, the wine sold with the 2003 Kentucky Derby winner's imprimatur no longer is available, and when asked about the status of Funny Cide Beer, Sackatoga Stable spokesman Jackson Knowlton said wryly, "We're still drinking it."


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  • Funny Cide to race today in the Metropolitan Mile
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK - Belmont week kicks off today with the $750,000 Metropolitan Mile, featuring a field that includes 2002 horse of the year Azeri and last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide.

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  • Pico Central converges with Funny Cide, Azeri in Met Mile
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Pico Central (Brz), the Brazilian champion who withstood a blistering pace to win the seven-furlong Carter Handicap (G1) at Aqueduct on April 10 and remains undefeated in the United States, returns to New York to face a cast including 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri and dual classic winner Funny Cide in the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (G1) on Monday at Belmont Park.

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  • Azeri, Funny Cide meet in deep Met
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form

    ELMONT, N.Y. - Before Smarty Jones, Azeri and Funny Cide were the most popular horses of the last several years. Monday, five days before Smarty Jones goes for the Triple Crown, Azeri and Funny Cide meet in a sterling 111th renewal of the Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park.

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  • HORSE RACING NOTEBOOK
    Met Mile duel to cap memorable weekend of racing
    By RICHARD DEAN

    Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

    Funny Cide vs. Azeri. A matchup pitting last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner against the 2002 Horse of the Year.

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  • Funny Cide Breezes Toward Met Mile
    By: The Blood Horse

    Last year's Triple Crown Hopeful, Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, breezed five furlongs in :59 2/5 beneath exercise rider and assistant trainer Robin Smullen Tuesday morning at Belmont Park. The work was the fastest of 18 at that distance.

    Funny Cide is part of an all-star cast expected for the $750,000 Met Mile (gr. I) on Memorial Day, May 31st. Also expected are Horse of the Year Azeri and the top two finishers from the Carter Handicap (gr. I) in Pico Central and Strong Hope.

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  • TNT considering TV movie on Funny Cide saga
    By: The Thoroughbred Times

    Jackson Knowlton, managing partner of Sackatoga Stable, which owns 2003 dual classic winner Funny Cide, confirmed on Wednesday that Turner Network Television is interested in producing a television movie based on the New York-bred gelding.

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  • 'Funny Cide: The Movie?' Stay tuned
    By: THOMAS DIMOPOULOS
    The Saratogian

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- First there was the beer. Then came the book and the bobblehead doll. The most recent development in the adventures of Funny Cide give better than even money that the famous racehorse from Saratoga will soon be coming to TV screens across the country.

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  • Funny Cide co-owner thinks Smarty Jones will win Triple Crown
    By: DICK ROCKNE
    SPECIAL TO THE POST-INTELLIGENCER

    Take it from someone who has been there and almost done that: Smarty Jones will capture thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes June 5.

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  • Funny Cide breezes through workout
    By Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide had a great workout at Belmont Park's Fast Track.  Funny Cide finished his workout in first place with a time of :59.07.

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  • Funny Cide will show if he's still top shelf
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form


    Funny Cide returns to the scene of the most brilliant performance of his championship 3-year-old season Friday when he runs in the Grade 1, $500,000 Pimlico Special in Baltimore.

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  • Funny Cide coming to MassCap
    By PAUL DALEY, Sun Correspondent


    Even though Suffolk Downs only reopened for live racing last Saturday, they may have struck it rich yesterday.

    In an interview with Sackatoga Stable's managing partner Jack Knowlton, The Sun has learned that 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Funny Cide, is being pointed for the Grade 2 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs on June 19.

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  • Funny Cide looks sharp for Pimlico Special
    By KAREN M. JOHNSON

    ELMONT, N.Y. - Funny Cide and Dynever, both of whom are being pointed to the Grade 1, $500,000 Pimlico Special on May 14, worked Wednesday at Belmont Park on the main track.

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  • Funny Cide's Run to Glory Has Reached a Crossroads
    By BILL FINLEY


    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 30 — The thrills from a year ago have not subsided. Funny Cide took his 10 everyday owners, a trainer and a jockey on a ride they will never forget with a captivating 2003 Kentucky Derby victory. It was a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, but there's plenty left for Funny Cide to accomplish.

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  • Breeders honor Funny Cide
    By KAREN M. JOHNSON


    OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Funny Cide became the darling of New York's breeding and racing program with his wins in the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

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  • FUNNY CIDE'S HARDCOVER STORY TIMED FOR DERBY
    BY: MIKE KANE, GAZETTE SPORTWRITER
    SCHENECTADY DAILY GAZETTE


    Finding interesting material for a book about Funny Cide was simple enough. Settling on an approach to crafting the story of the unlikely Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner became the challenge for author Sally Jenkins.

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  • FUNNY CIDE BOOK PRE-ORDERS
    By Sackatoga Stable


    Good News! Our FUNNY CIDE BOOK
    will be released on April 22, 2004 however, you will be able to pre-order copies of the FUNNY CIDE BOOK from Funny Cide's Official Online Store!  Every FUNNY CIDE BOOK purchased from our online store will be autographed by Sackatoga Stable Managing Partner Jack Knowlton with a personalized inscription

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  • Funny Cide Named NY-Bred Horse of the Year
    By: The Blood-Horse


    Eclipse Award winner and dual classic winner Funny Cide, first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), was named 2003 New York-bred Horse of the Year at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders' awards banquet April 26 in Albany. The Distorted Humor gelding, who along with his owners--the 10-member Sackatoga Stable--attracted an international following, also was named New York-bred champion 3-year-old male, dominating a strong state-bred sophomore division that included graded winners Go Rockin' Robin and Spite the Devil. Funny Cide, who was produced from the Slewacide mare Belle's Good Cide, also won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

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  • Funny Cide in new winner's circle
    Eclipse winner named New York's horse of year
    By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer
    The Times Union


    COLONIE -- Funny Cide, the indomitable gelding who put the New York breeding program on the map by winning two-thirds of the 2003 Triple Crown, won a much easier race Monday night when he was voted Horse of the Year at the 24th annual New York Thoroughbred Breeders' awards banquet at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center.

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  • FUNNY CIDE'S HARDCOVER STORY TIMED FOR DERBY
    BY: MIKE KANE, GAZETTE SPORTWRITER
    SCHENECTADY DAILY GAZETTE


    Finding interesting material for a book about Funny Cide was simple enough. Settling on an approach to crafting the story of the unlikely Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner became the challenge for author Sally Jenkins.

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  • One year later, Funny Cide owners still riding high
    By: Sports Illustrated


    SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) -- Mark Phillips still marvels at it all. He and his partners in Sackatoga Stable were severely strapped to pay $75,000 for a chestnut gelding nobody else seemed to want. Then this horse, Funny Cide, went out and won last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness, coming tantalizingly close to capturing the first Triple Crown in a quarter century.

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  • Funny Cide's book released
    By: Capital News 9 web staff


    Readers can hear Funny Cide's story straight from the horse's mouth -- sort of.

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  • FUNNY CIDE BOOK PRE-ORDERS
    By Sackatoga Stable


    Good News! Our FUNNY CIDE BOOK
    will be released on April 22, 2004 however, you will be able to pre-order copies of the FUNNY CIDE BOOK from Funny Cide's Official Online Store!  Every FUNNY CIDE BOOK purchased from our online store will be autographed by Sackatoga Stable Managing Partner Jack Knowlton with a personalized inscription

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  • Funny Cide's book released
    By: Capital News 9 web staff


    Readers can hear Funny Cide's story straight from the horse's mouth -- sort of.

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  • The story of Funny Cide races to shelves
    By: Juilie Vanderslice
    News 10 Now Web Staff


    Funny Cide not only captured the attention of the horse racing world when he won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last year, he also won over hearts across America.

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  • FUNNY CIDE BOOK PRE-ORDERS
    By Sackatoga Stable


    Good News! Our FUNNY CIDE BOOK
    will be released on April 22, 2004 however, you will be able to pre-order copies of the FUNNY CIDE BOOK from Funny Cide's Official Online Store!  Every FUNNY CIDE BOOK purchased from our online store will be autographed by Sackatoga Stable Managing Partner Jack Knowlton with a personalized inscription

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  • FUNNY CIDE BOOK PRE-ORDERS
    By Sackatoga Stable


    Good News! Our FUNNY CIDE BOOK
    will be released on April 22, 2004 however, you will be able to pre-order copies of the FUNNY CIDE BOOK from Funny Cide's Official Online Store!  Every FUNNY CIDE BOOK purchased from our online store will be autographed by Sackatoga Stable Managing Partner Jack Knowlton with a personalized inscription

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  • Funny Cide A Hit In New York Homecoming
    By Francis LaBelle Jr.
    NYRA


    Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide, the New York-bred who made history as the 2003 Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner and three-year-old champion, returned to the Empire State on Saturday afternoon. He was a smash, as he delighted a welcome-home crowd of 5,586 by winning the 92nd running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap for three-year-olds and up at nine furlongs by a half-length over another popular New York gelding, Evening Attire.

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  • Funny Cide wins in his return home
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
    The Times Union


    OZONE PARK -- If you weren't at Aqueduct Race Track on Saturday afternoon, you're out of luck. You probably won't see Funny Cide run in New York again until the fall.

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  • FUNNY CIDE BACK ON TOP
    By ED FOUNTAINE
    The New York Post


    Not since the Pope said Mass here in 1995 has electricity filled the air at Aqueduct like yesterday afternoon, when hometown hero Funny Cide made a triumphant return to New York as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior Handicap.

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  • Funny Cide wins in his return home
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
    The Times Union


    OZONE PARK -- If you weren't at Aqueduct Race Track on Saturday afternoon, you're out of luck. You probably won't see Funny Cide run in New York again until the fall.

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  • FUNNY CIDE BACK ON TOP
    By ED FOUNTAINE
    The New York Times


    Not since the Pope said Mass here in 1995 has electricity filled the air at Aqueduct like yesterday afternoon, when hometown hero Funny Cide made a triumphant return to New York as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior Handicap.

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  • Wet track likely awaits Funny Cide
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form


    OZONE PARK, N.Y. - A good old-fashioned New York rivalry could be born Saturday when Funny Cide and Evening Attire - geldings who have both surpassed $2 million in earnings - meet in the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap at Aqueduct.

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  • Funny Cide returns home for Excelsior Breeders’ Cup
    The Thoroughbred Times


    Dual classic winner and champion three-year-old male Funny Cide will perform in his native state for the first time since his Triple Crown bid fell short in the 2003 Belmont Stakes (G1) as he is slated to face fellow Grade 1 winner Evening Attire and four others in the $200,000 Excelsior Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G3) on Saturday at Aqueduct.

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  • Funny Cide tunes up for Excelsior Breeders’ Cup
    The Thoroughbred Times


    Dual classic winner Funny Cide worked a half-mile in :47.40 at Palm Meadows Training Center on Tuesday before departing for New York for his scheduled start in the Excelsior Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct on Saturday. 

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  • Funny Cide back in N.Y. soon
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form


    OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Funny Cide moved one step closer to his homecoming Wednesday morning by breezing six furlongs in 1:11.20 at the Palm Meadows training center in Florida. It was his penultimate move before shipping back to New York next week, where he is expected to start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap on April 3 at Aqueduct.

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  • Funny Cide works out
    By Sackatoga Stable


    Funny Cide continues to train at PALM MEADOWS TRAINING CENTER --- (Dirt) Track Fast.  Funny Cide breezed through a phenomenal 6 furlong workout and finished first with a time of 1:11.20!

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  • New book highlight's Funny Cide's triumphs
    By ERIC DeGRECHIE
    The Saratogian


    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The story of Funny Cide dramatically played out in front of horse racing fans from coast to coast in 2003 as the New York-bred gelding captured the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes en route to the 3-year-old championship.

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  • Funny Cide featured on cover of ‘Parade’
    The Thoroughbred Times


    Dual classic winner Funny Cide was one of several figures featured on the cover of the March 14 issue of "Parade" magazine as part of its "What People Earn" issue.

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  • National Museum of Racing to host Funny Cide book signing
    The Thoroughbred Times


    The nine owners that make up Sackatoga Stable, owners of dual classic winner and champion three-year-old male Funny Cide, will be on hand at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs for a book signing on April 25.

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  • Back to the main track
    By KAREN M. JOHNSON
    The Daily Racing Form


    OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After a few weeks of above-normal temperatures and dry weather in New York, Mother Nature showed that she wasn't ready to lose her grip on winter. Monday, a slushy mix of rain and snow was falling at Aqueduct, but the poor weather wasn't expected to delay the opening of the main track on Wednesday.

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  • Funny Cide to revisit several tracks during 2004 campaign
    The Thoroughbred Times


    Campaign plans for Funny Cide are most likely to include many of the same tracks he visited in 2003 during his championship season.

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  • Funny Cide to run in N.Y.
    Gelding's handlers pick April 3 race at Aqueduct
    By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer
    The Times Union


    Looking to recapture some of the magic that led them to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness last year, Sackatoga Stable has decided to send Funny Cide to New York for his next race -- the $200,000 Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track on April 3.

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  • Funny Cide may follow familiar map
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form


    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Barclay Tagg has laid out a tentative spring/summer schedule that would take Funny Cide to the three tracks in which he made his mark as a 3-year-old.

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  • Funny Cide third
    Like last year, Sackatoga horse in same spot behind Peace Rules
    By TONY PODLASKI, Staff writer
    The Times Union


    It was deja vu in the Big Easy for Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide.

    Around this time last year at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, the 3-year-old Eclipse Champion finished third to Peace Rules in the Louisiana Derby, beaten by just over three lengths.

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  • Funny Cide has come full circle
    By MARCUS HERSH
    The Daily Racing Form


    NEW ORLEANS - The outsiders still cheer loudly for Funny Cide. The doubters still knock him around. At this point, Barclay Tagg really isn't worried about either faction. 

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  • Champions Funny Cide, Wando work at Palm Meadows
    By Peter Finney
    Thoroughbred Times


    Funny Cide and Wando, last year’s champion three-year-old males in the United States and Canada, respectively, both worked over the Palm Meadows training track on Tuesday morning. 

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  • Funny Cide back after great run
    By Peter Finney
    The Times Picayune


    They're baaack.

    And what a ride it has been.

    I'm talking about the guys who make up Sackatoga Stable and the horse they rode in on -- Funny Cide.

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  • Funny Cide, Peace Rules, Ten Most Wanted Meet on TV
    by Lenny Shulman
    The Blood-Horse


    Three competitors from last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will meet on television Sunday when TVG screens the New Orleans Handicap from the Fair Grounds. Post time for the gr. II, $500,000 event is scheduled for 5:20 p.m. EST.

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  • Another Great Workout
    By Sackatoga Stable


    Funny Cide continues to train at PALM MEADOWS TRAINING CENTER --- (Dirt) Track Fast.  On Tuesday Funny Cide had a phenomenal 5 furlong workout and finished first with a time of 59.60!

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  • Funny Cide-Peace Rules Rivalry to be Renewed in New Orleans 'Cap
    by Ron Mitchell

    The Blood Horse


    Three grade I winners, headed by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide and Blue Grass (gr. I) and Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner Peace Rules, are among the nine horses likely for Sunday's $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

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  • Santos' wife pleased with SI photo shoot
    By Maryjean Wall
    HERALD-LEADER RACING WRITER


    The current swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated features a whole lot of partially clad models, a few professional athletes -- and a naked stable pony.

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  • Funny Cide has A Hot Workout
    The Daily Racing Form


    Funny Cide, prepping for the New Orleans Handicap on Feb. 29, worked four furlongs in 48 seconds Wednesday at Palm Meadows. It was the second-fastest of 17 moves at the distance.

     
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  • Funny Cide headed toward New Orleans Handicap
    The Thoroughbred Times


    Despite hinting that Funny Cide could be headed to sprint races, trainer Barclay Tagg said that Funny Cide deserves another chance over a route distance and will most likely point Sackatoga Stable’s champion three-year-old of 2003 in the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (G2) on February 29 at Fair Grounds.

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  • Funny Cide makes run at New Orleans
    By DAVID GRENING
    The Daily Racing Form


    Funny Cide, the champion 3-year-old who finished third in the Donn Handicap in his 4-year-old debut, will most likely make his next start in the Grade 2, $500,000 New Orleans Handicap on Feb. 29, trainer Barclay Tagg said Monday.

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  • Jose and Rita Santos in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
    The Blood Horse


    The 40th annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue hits the newsstands today and jockey Jose Santos and his wife, Rita, are included in the "Better Halves" section.

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  • Options abound for Funny Cide
    By MIKE WELSCH
    The Daily Racing Form

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Funny Cide came out of his third-place finish in Saturday's Donn Handicap tired, but otherwise in good condition, and now trainer Barclay Tagg is pondering the many options for last year's champion 3-year-old male.

    Tagg said he is considering bringing Funny Cide back in three weeks in the New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds, or waiting until April to turn back in distance and run Funny Cide in the seven-furlong Carter Handicap at Aqueduct. Should he chose the latter route, Tagg said a major goal would be the Metropolitan Mile on Memorial Day at Belmont Park.

    "He might not be a mile-and-an-eighth horse," Tagg said Monday at Palm Meadows, where Funny Cide is based during the winter. "I know he went farther last year," he said, referring to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, "but sometimes you can get away with that early in the year with a 3-year-old if he matures quicker than the others.

    "The Donn was a tough race to win for his first major race of the year," Tagg said. "I thought the two who beat him" - Medaglia d'Oro and Seattle Fitz - "were the two to beat. Maybe if I had it to do over, I'd have waited for the race in New Orleans. Medaglia d'Oro looked like a Sherman tank. He re-broke at the eighth pole, and he wasn't even tired after the race.

    "The year is young," the trainer said. "We just have to keep him sound, healthy, and happy."
     
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  • Funny Cide back in stakes
    Eclipse winner impressive in Donn Handicap workout
    By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer
    The Times Union


    With one Eclipse Award already on its trophy case, Sackatoga Stable begins its quest for another today when Funny Cide returns to stakes competition for the first time since the Breeders' Cup.

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  • Funny Cide Schools; Ready for Donn
    The Blood Horse


    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who will start in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Saturday at Gulfstream Park, schooled in the paddock before Friday's first race.

    Last Year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner was schooled by assistant trainer and exercise rider Robin Smullen while trainer Barclay Tagg looked on.

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  • Funny Cide getting serious
    By Tom Pedulla
    USA TODAY


    Thoroughbred racing waits to see which Funny Cide will show up for Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.

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  • Funny Cide will face Medaglia d'Oro in Donn
    From AP and Special Dispatches
    The Courier Journal


    The first major showdown on the East Coast of the 2004 racing season will take place today at Gulfstream Park as Funny Cide, last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, meets Medaglia d'Oro, runner-up in the past two Breeders' Cup Classics, in the $500,000, Grade I Donn Handicap.

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  • Funny Cide second choice
    Gelding listed 2-1 behind Medaglia d'Oro at Donn

    Staff and wire reports
    The Times Union


    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, bidding for his first stakes victory since the Preakness last May, was listed as the 2-1 second choice behind trainer Bobby Frankel's Medaglia d'Oro for Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

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  • Santos's fortunes come full circle 
    By MIKE WELSCH
    The Daily Racing Form


    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - One month into the 2002 Gulfstream Park meeting, Jose Santos's career reached rock bottom. Long regarded as one of the top jockeys on the East Coast, Santos's business had plummeted so badly he was struggling to pick up live mounts in claiming races and surviving only because of the loyalty of trainer Christophe Clement, for whom Santos still rode first call.

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  • Eight set for Donn showdown
    By MIKE WELSCH
    The Daily Racing Form


    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - As expected, a field of eight that includes Medaglia d'Oro and Eclipse Award winner Funny Cide was drawn Wednesday for Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. The Grade 1 Donn, the richest and most prestigious race of the meet for older horses, will be decided at 1 1/8 miles.


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  • Funny Cide heats up the track
    By Sackatoga Stable


    Hallandale Beach, FL - Funny Cide had another great workout today.  Training on Gulfstream Park's fast track, Funny Cide finished a 5 furlong run in 59.60 with a 1st place rank.

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  • A glorious Eclipse
    Funny Cide and Bird Town capture 3-year-old awards
    By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer
    The Times Union


    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Funny Cide turned another page in thoroughbred racing's history book Monday night when the Sackatoga Stable star became the first New York-bred to win an Eclipse Award in the 33 years of their existence.  


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  • Funny Cide has another fine workout
    By Sackatoga Stable


    Hallandale Beach, FL - Funny Cide breezed through another great workout.  Training on Gulfstream Park's fast track, Funny Cide finished a 5 furlong run in 59.00 with a 1st place rank.

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  • Funny Cide Among Eclipse Awards Winners
    By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer


    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Empire Maker had the best owner, jockey, trainer and breeder in thoroughbred racing last year. He also beat Funny Cide in two of their three head-to-head matchups. But in the Eclipse Award balloting, he was no match for the gritty gelding who captivated racing in 2003.  


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  • Funny Cide wins top 3-year-old
    ERIC DeGRECHIE , The Saratogian


    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Funny Cide was the most visible star in horse racing last year on both a local and national level, with victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. For his accomplishments, the New York-bred and locally-owned Sackatoga Stable gelding was named champion 3-year-old Monday at the 33rd annual Eclipse Awards held in Hollywood, Fla.  


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  • Funny Cide owners win Big Sport of Turfdom
    ESPN - The Associated Press


    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The fun-loving owners of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide received the Big Sport of Turfdom award Monday, given to those who help increase coverage of thoroughbred racing.

    Sackatoga Stable, which includes six high school pals from Sackets Harbor, N.Y., enjoyed every minute of Funny Cide's ride through the Triple Crown races. And they showed it.


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  • Funny Cide’s Derby triumph selected as ‘Moment of the Year’
    The Thoroughbred Times


    Fans selected Funny Cide’s win in the 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1) as their favorite moment from 2003 in an online poll conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. 


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  • 'People's champ' lives
    Funny Cide could cap storybook year with Eclipse
    By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer
    The Times Union


    Fla. -- Whether or not Sackatoga Stable walks away with the 3-year-old Eclipse Award on Monday night at the Westin Diplomat Hotel, few can deny that its star, Funny Cide, did more than any horse or human to alter the landscape of thoroughbred racing in 2003.  


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  • Local horses nominated for tonight's Eclipse Awards
    ERIC DeGRECHIE , The Saratogian


    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The corner of Union Avenue and East Avenue was renamed for Funny Cide and Bird Town last summer after their successes in several major races. The duo will try and stake a claim to South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Fla. this evening at the 33rd annual Eclipse Awards.  


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  • A stable environment
    By Dave Joseph, Staff writer
    Sun Sentinel


    "This place is about as nice as it comes," said Barclay Tagg, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide.


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  • Funny Cide owners visit
    By: News 10 Now Staff


    Members of the famed Sackets Six were in Watertown Wednesday. The owners of Funny Cide, the race horse that took home two of the Triple Crown races, came to the Ives Hill Retirement Community.


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  • Act II of Funny Cide won't be as hectic
    By MIKE WELSCH


    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Barclay Tagg stood just outside Funny Cide's stall while accepting congratulations from several passersby during training hours at Palm Meadows on Sunday morning.


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  • Equidaily Racing Journal

    1/10/04... Sackatoga managing partner Jack Knowlton appeared on Down The Stretch with hosts Mark Cusano and Michael Veitch Saturday morning on the Capital OTB TV Network. During the live interview Knowlton laid out some tentative plans for 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.


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  • Funny Cide's victory calms nerves
    By Greg Stoda, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer


    HALLANDALE BEACH -- Funny Cide was the people's horse once upon a time not so long ago.

    And there he was on a cool Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park -- the gelding who galvanized a sport last year by winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes under improbable ownership -- perhaps taking a first step toward becoming the people's horse again.


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  • Funny Cide rings in new year
    By MIKE WELSCH
    The Daily Racing Form


    HALLANDLAE BEACH, Fla. - Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide made a triumphant 2004 debut and notched his first victory since the Preakness Stakes when drawing off to an easy five-length victory over four overmatched rivals in Saturday's 10th race at Gulfstream Park.


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  • Funny Cide reunites with Santos at Gulfstream
    ASSOCIATED PRESS


    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Jockey Jose Santos said Funny Cide is getting stronger and approaching the form that earned him victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness as the horse prepares to race today at Gulfstream Park.


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  • Starting small
    By Dave Joseph, Staff writer
    Sun Sentinel

    BOYNTON BEACH · Somewhere to start.

    That's how trainer Barclay Tagg refers to Funny Cide's 4-year-old debut this afternoon at Gulfstream Park. It's somewhere to start the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner's 2004 season. It's somewhere to sharpen him up for richer and longer races down the road. And, yes, it's somewhere to continue building on the legacy that is Funny Cide.


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  • Funny Cide to race Saturday at Gulfstream
    By Hal Habib, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    The plan was simple enough: Funny Cide would quietly continue training at Palm Meadows, pointed toward a stakes race at Gulfstream Park next month.

    But Funny Cide doesn't do anything according to the script. He decided he'd like to make his 4-year-old debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park.


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  • Funny Cide to run Saturday in Florida
    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
    The Times Union

    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide will make his first start since Oct. 25 when he runs in an allowance race Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.

    Funny Cide, now a 4-year-old, will run in the 10th race at Gulfstream in a seven-furlong, $46,000 event that attracted a field of seven. Funny Cide drew post position No. 3 and will be ridden by regular jockey Jose Santos.


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  • Derby Winner Funny Cide Makes 2004 Debut Saturday
    by Ron Mitchell
    The Blood Horse

    Sackatoga Stable's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide has been entered in a seven-furlong allowance/optional claiming race on Saturday's card at Gulfstream Park.

    The 4-year-old son of Distorted Humor -- Belle's Good Cide (by Slewacide) has been assigned 118 pounds and will be ridden by Jose Santos as he faces six others. Only one of the entries -- 7-year-old Justification -- is entered for a tag, running for $100,000. The 122-pound highweight is Wacky For Love, third-place finisher in the 2002 Cowdin Stakes (gr. III). New York Hero, winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park last year, has been assigned 120 pounds.


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  • Funny Cide has another great workout
    By Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide breezed through his workout at Palm Meadows Training Center.  Funny Cide finished first with a final time of 47.00.


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  • Another run for glory awaits
    Funny Cide among Eclipse Award finalists

    By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
    The Times Union

    Saratoga-born Funny Cide on Monday was named a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the top 3-year-old male horse of 2003.


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  • Eclipse Awards finalists announced
    By DRF STAFF

    The finalists for the 2003 Eclipse Awards were announced Monday by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the National Turf Writers Association, and Daily Racing Form. The awards are annually voted on and presented by the three organizations in recognition of excellence in Thoroughbred racing.


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  • Funny Cide, Empire Maker, Mineshaft among Eclipse Award finalists
    By The Thoroughbred Times

    Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide and Juddmonte Farm’s Empire Maker, racing’s classic winners of 2003, and multiple Grade 1 winning older horse Mineshaft are among the finalists for the 33rd annual Eclipse Awards that will be handed out on January 26 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.


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  • Funny Cide 'back in the groove'
    By MIKE WELSCH
    Daily Racing Form

    MIAMI - New Year's day may have been a holiday for some, but not trainer Barclay Tagg or Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, who celebrated turning 4 by working six furlongs in 1:11.20 on Thursday morning at the Palm Meadows training center.

    "He worked good the whole way," Tagg said. "He's really starting to get fit now and back to where he was when he was good last year. He was a little sluggish in his first couple of works after getting down to Florida but he seems to be back in the groove now."


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  • Hooves down, gallant gelding was story of 2003
    By ERIC DeGRECHIE
    The Saratogian

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Not surprisingly in such a horse haven, 2003 was eventful here with an abundance of stories making headlines not just locally, but across the nation.

    The Sport of Kings saw a gutsy gelding from New York win its grandest prize while the state's horse racing governing body faced legal battles in a fight to stay in business.


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  • 2003: From Funny Cide to 'Seabiscuit' - racing made headlines
    By JAY PRIVMAN
    Daily Racing Form

    One week after the Kentucky Derby, racing found itself the headline story around the country in newspapers and on television and radio. The movies came next, with the summertime release of a fanciful tale of a runner from yesteryear. If Thoroughbred racing ever wanted to cross over and become part of the public's mainstream consciousness, it got its wish in 2003.


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  • A year to remember - From the gelding that could to shipboard tragedy, 2003 was one for the history books
    By PAUL GRONDAHL, Staff writer
    The Times Union

    One fine specimen of the animal world gave the region a year's worth of happy memories and plenty to cheer about. Funny Cide became the people's thoroughbred and a merchandiser's dream. The horse's homegrown, rags-to-riches, underdog-triumphing-against-all-odds story line had huge appeal. The first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby also dusted the field in the Preakness, but came up short in its ballyhooed bid for the Triple Crown. Still, Funny Cide epitomized a belief that the little guys can win in the sport of kings. All it required was 10 friends, $75,000 and a dream -- along with a remarkable gelding, who rose above the doubters and off-color jokes about his anatomy.


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  • Top stories of 2003
    The Saratogian

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Funny Cide wasn't just the top local story of 2003, but his achievements rank among the most exciting news in the city's long racing history.

    Never before has a New York-bred horse won the Kentucky Derby.


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2003 News Stories
  • Funny Cide, Seabiscuit dominate racing world in 2003
    By Richard Rosenblatt, Associated Press Racing Writer
    Courtesy of USA Today

    On a rain-soaked day in early June, a 3-year-old gelding from New York walked onto the racetrack at Belmont Park and the crowd cheered and chanted his name.
    "Fun-ny Cide! Fun-ny Cide!" thousands of drenched fans shouted.

    They were hoping to watch the hometown favorite become the first Triple Crown champion in a quarter-century, but the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner came up short in the Belmont Stakes.


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  • Funny Cide Breezes through his workout
    Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide had a 5 furlong workout on Palm Meadows fast (dirt) track today.  He finished first with a final time of :59.80.

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  • Funny Cide works at Palm Meadows
    Thoroughbred Times

    Sackatoga Stable’s dual classic winner Funny Cide worked at Palm Meadows Training Center on Thursday for his scheduled start in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) on February 7 at Gulfstream Park.


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  • Brisk Drill for Funny Cide
    The Blood-Horse

    Dual Classic winner Funny Cide worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 in easy fashion Thursday morning at Palm Beach Downs. Funny Cide, a leading contender for an Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old, is being pointed for the Feb. 7, $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.

    The work will officially be listed as having been done "handily," but trainer Barclay Tagg said it was a breeze under regular exercise rider and assistant trainer Robin Smullen.


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  • Funny Cide has another great workout
    Sackatoga Stable

    Funny Cide breezed through a 5 furlong workout on Palm Meadows fast (dirt) track.  He finished first with a final time of 1:00.20.

     
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  • Donn Handicap the target for Funny Cide
    By MIKE WELSCH , The Daily Racing Form

    MIAMI - About the only one happier to be at the Palm Meadows training center this winter than trainer Barclay Tagg may be the star of his stable, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide.

    "He just loves it up here, and so do I," Tagg said from the clockers stand at Palm Meadows on Tuesday morning, while watching one of his horses breeze. "This is without a doubt the best track I've ever trained over in my career."

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  • Funny Cide, was voted winner of the 2003 Big Sport of Turfdom Award
    by ERIC DeGRECHIE , The Saratogian

    Sackatoga Stable, owners of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide, was voted winner of the 2003 Big Sport of Turfdom Award by the Turf Publicists of America.

    Sackatoga Stable will receive the award at the 38th annual Big Sport Turfdom luncheon on Jan. 26 at Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant in Miami Beach.

    The award is presented annually to a person or group enhances coverage of thoroughbred racing through cooperation with the media and thoroughbred racing publicists.

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  • CAPITAL OTB PARTNERS WITH FUNNY CIDE OWNERS, NEW YORK STATE LOTTERY DIVISION FOR HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS
    Free “Funny Cide” Bobblehead Giveaway and
    Free Holiday-Themed Instant Tickets

    by Capital District Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation

    Capital District Region Off-Track Betting Corporation President Michael Connery today announced two new December Holiday promotions that will take place at several Capital OTB locations. Mr. Connery said that OTB is partnering with Sackatoga Stable and the New York State Division of Lottery on the promotions. The highlight of the promotional events is a Funny Cide bobblehead giveaway on December 21st at the Albany Teletheater, along with the Lottery giving away 200 Holiday-themed Lottery tickets.

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  • Funny Cide May Make Next Start in Donn Handicap
    by The Associated Press

    Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide could make his next start in the grade I Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 7.

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  • Funny Cide works at Palm Meadows
    The Thoroughbred Times

    Sackatoga Stables’ dual Classic winner Funny Cide, had his first workout on Friday since he arrived at Palm Meadows training center on November 19 to prepare for his four-year-old campaign.

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  • Funny Cide Trains at Palm Meadows

    Funny Cide had a fast workout at Palm Meadows dirt track today. He breezed through a 4 furlong race finishing at :49.60.
     
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  • Fans pin hops on Read The Footnotes
    By MICHAEL VEITCH , The Saratogian

    When Read The Footnotes cruised home to win the important Remsen Stakes on Nov. 30, he became the seventh New York-bred to win a graded stakes at a NYRA track this season.

    He was so impressive that some fans are talking about a second straight Kentucky Derby victory for a New York-bred, to go with Funny Cide's historic win this past spring.

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  • Sackatoga Stable Wins Big Sport Of Turfdom Award
    The Bloodhorse

    The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) will honor the fun-loving Sackatoga Stable crew from the tiny village of Sackets Harbor, N.Y., with its Big Sport of Turfdom Award. Sackatoga Stable gained popularity and prominence as its members campaigned Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide through the VISA Triple Crown series and beyond.

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  • Jack Knowlton and Funny Cide have been nominated for 'SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR'

    Friends in high places boost Zim

    By DON SINGLETON
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Toni Senecal, entertainment correspondent for WPIX/Ch. 11, tapped Funny Cide for Sports Personality of the Year because of the great gelding's "amazing stretch drive in the Derby." 

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  • Just a horse, of course
    By Hal Habib, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    The folk hero arrived around midday a few days ago, with no parade, no fans, no roses. If he was lucky, maybe he bummed a mint or two off his handlers. 

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  • Funny Cide gets acclimated to Palm Meadows
    The Thoroughbred Times

    On Monday, Sackatoga Stable’s dual classic winner Funny Cide had his first trip over the Palm Meadows Training Center surface since arriving at the South Florida facility on November 19. He was sent out for a jog and canter.  

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  • Funny Cide leaves mark on Churchill Downs’s new clubhouse
    The Thoroughbred Times

    A pair of horseshoes worn by 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Funny Cide will be fixed to the final beam of the $95-million clubhouse renovation project at Churchill Downs.  

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  • Turf rivalry renewed for Eclipse Award
    By Andrew Beyer
    Washington Post

    Voting for the 2003 Eclipse Awards hasn't yet begun, but one category has already stirred impassioned debate. Funny Cide and Empire Maker, archrivals in the Triple Crown series, will be part of another close race to decide the 3-year-old champion.

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  • FUNNY CIDE IS HEADING SOUTH
    Churchill Down Funny Cide Bobblehead Day
    11/20/03

    On November 22, 2003 Churchill Downs celebrated Funny Cide's 2003 Kentucky Derby victory with a Funny Cide bobblehead giveaway to 7,500 racing fans. Jack Knowlton, Dave Mahan and Gus Williams represented Sackatoga Stable and signed Funny Cide bobbleheads for more than two hours. Funny Cide fans can now order the Funny Cide bobblehead online at the Funny Cide Store

    Thank you for your continued support and interest in Funny Cide!

     
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  • Sackatoga Stable
    11/20/03

    Funny Cide moved south on November 18th to Gulf Stream Park until Palm Meadows Training Center opens on December 1st. His tentative schedule while in Florida will include The Donn Handicap on February 7th. We'll let Funny Cide's loyal fans know the details as they become available. 

    Thank you for your continued support and interest in Funny Cide!

     
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  • Krone's second go turns Funny
    By VIC ZIEGEL, The Daily News
    October 23, 2003

    ARCADIA, Calif. - A year ago, trying to figure out if this Chad Pennington person was the real deal, begging my computer keyboard to produce an answer, and with a deadline playing racquetball on my head, the phone rang at the worst possible time. "Hello," I grumped, and the voice at the other end responded, sweetly, squeakily, "Hi, this is Julie Krone." Yeah, I thought, and I'm the talking teacup from "Beauty and the Beast."

    It isn't every day that retired jockeys call my home to announce they're coming back to the races. That was Krone's message. She had put down her whip 3-1/2 years earlier, burned out, the injuries coming too close together, and because she needed to be with her mother, who was terminally ill.

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  • Breeders' Cup 2003
    Krone right fit for Tagg team
    Didn't lose 'magic touch' during 3½-year retirement 

    By JENNIE REES, The Courier-Journal
    October 22, 2003

    ARCADIA, Calif. — When Barclay Tagg began training Funny Cide last year, one of the jockeys he thought would fit the then-2-year-old gelding nicely was Julie Krone.

    Tagg had long admired her light touch and ability to communicate with horses. They'd had great success together — Tagg saddled two of the winners at Saratoga when Krone became the first female jockey to win five races on a card in New York. They also shared one of the rare Grade I victories in Tagg's lengthy career.

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  • Funny Cide drills six furlongs 
    By DAVID GRENING , The Daily Racing Form
    October 20, 2003

    ELMONT, N.Y. - Funny Cide, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, completed his preparations for Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Sunday by working six furlongs in 1:13.77 over the Belmont Park training track. It was a move that fueled exercise rider Robin Smullen with enthusiasm for what appears to be a monumental task when Funny Cide faces some of the best horses in training coming off an 83-day layoff.
     
    "I feel really good," Smullen said. "The question is whether he can go out there and be competitive. Absolutely. He's as good right now as he's ever been so that should be good enough to be competitive. I don't know if it's good enough to win it coming off a three-month layoff. It's very hard to win a race like that off a three-month layoff, but I certainly think he's going to be very competitive. Who knows? If he gets lucky and everybody else doesn't."

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  • Funny Cide 'Awesome' in Last Pre-BC Drill 
    By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, AP Racing Writer
    October 19, 2003

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Funny Cide warmed up for next weekend's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic with a ``totally awesome'' workout Sunday at Belmont Park.

    After the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner drilled six furlongs in 1:13.77 over Belmont's training track, exercise rider Robin Smullen sounded enthused with the effort.

    ``A totally awesome work, really,'' Smullen said. ``I feel good about him. Is it good enough to win the Breeders' Cup Classic? Who knows? But I believe it's good enough for him to be competitive out there.''

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  • Funny Cide's owners expect Krone to ride
    Winningest female jockey likely in saddle for Breeders' Cup Classic

    The Times Union - By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
    October 14, 2003

    Thoroughbred racing has a new team in the works: Julie Krone and Funny Cide.  Krone, the winningest female jockey in history, likely will ride the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita in California on Oct. 25.

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  • Funny Cide to Run in Breeders' Cup Classic
    The Bloodhorse - By Steve Haskin
    October 12, 2003

    Trainer Barclay Tagg said Sunday morning that Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Funny Cide will make his next start in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) – Powered by Dodge.

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  • FUNNY CIDE Breezes a 6 Furlong Workout
    Sackatoga Stable
    October 6, 2003

    Funny Cide had a breezing workout today.  Finishing 1st in a 6 furlong run on Belmont's dirt track with a final time of 1:11.98!

     
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  • Two choices for Funny Cide
    DRF - By DAVID GRENING
    October 1, 2003

    ELMONT, N.Y. - Having ruled out running Funny Cide this weekend, trainer Barclay Tagg is now down to two options for the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner's return to the races. The choices are either the $250,000 Empire Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 18 or the $100,000 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct on Oct. 29.

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  • FUNNY CIDE WORKS ON TURF
    The New York Post - By JOHN DaSILVA
    September 25, 2003


    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide breezed five furlongs over Belmont's yielding inner turf course in 1:03 with jockey Jose Santos yesterday morning.

    "It didn't look like he liked it a whole lot to me," trainer Barclay Tagg said. "It didn't look like he was handling it too good, but it might have been too soft. It was a bad day to try it I guess, but I had to try it sometime."

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  • FUNNY CIDE'S ON THE FAST TRACK ONCE AGAIN
    Sackatoga Stable
    September 30, 2003

    Funny Cide had another fast workout today.  After a 5 furlong run on Belmont's dirt track, Funny Cide finished ranking number one (out of 21 other horses) at :59.52!

     
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  • Tagg And Sackatoga Shoot For Second Bongard Win
    NYRA - By Jason Blewitt
    September 27, 2003

    Anyone who missed Funny Cide’s 14-length maiden win on the first Sunday of Belmont’s 2002 Fall Championship Meet surely took notice of the gelding three weeks later in the Bertram F. Bongard. In what amounted to little more than a public workout, Funny Cide won his stakes debut by an easier-than-the-margin-suggests nine lengths.

    You know the rest of the story.

    Months after bullying restricted stakes competition, Funny Cide became the first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

    On Sunday, team Funny Cide - trainer Barclay Tagg and the 10-man Sackatoga Stable - are back with their latest New York-bred hopeful, Saratoga Episode.

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  • Funny Cide and Volponi Lead Meadowlands Cup Nominees
    By The Bloodhorse
    Date Posted: 9/24/03

    Dual Classic winner Funny Cide along with Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Volponi top a list of 29 nominations for this year's 26th running of the Oct. 3 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II).
     
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  • Funny Cide Nominated to Indiana Derby
    By The Associated Press
    Date Posted: 9/21/03

    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide has been nominated for the Indiana Derby (gr. III) on Oct. 4, one of two stakes that day he could possibly run in.
     
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  • Funny Cide Returns To Training With Bullet Work
    By NYRA Press Office
    September 19, 2003


    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide missed the impending storm and turned in a bullet five-furlong work of :58 4/5, breezing on Belmont Park’s fast main Thursday morning under exercise rider Robin Smullen.

    Funny Cide worked after the break, as is his custom. He stood just above the finish line for several moments, then was ponyed down the middle of the track, around the clubhouse turn and onto the backside. He broke for his work and was strong galloping out. Clockers caught him up six furlongs in 1:12 3/5.
     
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  • Hoosier Park chief wants Funny Cide
    Indianapolis Star - By Michael Pointer
    September 17, 2003

    Funny Cide captivated the sports world with an unlikely run at the Triple Crown last spring.

    Hoosier Park president Rick Moore hopes the gelding can captivate Indiana horse racing fans next month in the track's signature race.

    "Obviously, it would be a feather in our cap if he came here," Moore said Tuesday.
     
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  • Belmont
    Daily Racing Form
    - By KAREN M. JOHNSON
    September 12, 2003

    ELMONT, N.Y. - Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide got down to serious business Friday at Belmont Park when he had his first work since Aug. 19.

    Under exercise rider Robin Smullen, Funny Cide covered a half-mile in 48.26 seconds, breezing, over the main track, which was listed as fast.
     
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  • Don't feel sorry for Sackatoga
    Times Union
    - By Brian Ettkin
    August 24, 2003

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- They canceled the school bus. It had been scheduled to pick up Jack at his house on Saturday morning and Gus at the horse barn. The cut-rate yellow limousine was supposed to roll through town, horn honking, working-class horse owners waving and passers-by squealing.
    But you know the direction this story is heading.

    The Funny Cide Express never left the station. People yearned to see this magic horse race at Saratoga Race Course, his home track. The $1 million Travers Stakes is a big race. And Funny Cide may be bigger still. But the virus-stricken horse isn't right, so the decision to scratch him Friday wasn't wrong.

    "Fans wanted to see this one," said Jack Knowlton, the managing partner of Sackatoga Stable, which owns Funny Cide. "We wanted to see this one. Everybody here understands this was done for the best of the horse."
     
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  • Funny Cide Won't Run $1 Million Travers
    Associated Press - By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, AP Racing Writer
    August 22, 2003

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Funny Cide won't run in the Travers Stakes, either.

    Barclay Tagg pulled his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner out of Saturday's $1 million race at Saratoga Race Course because the trainer was unhappy with the gelding's health.
     
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  • Funny Cide, Empire Maker Unsure of Travers
    Associated Press - By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, AP Racing Writer
    August 21, 2003

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Funny Cide had a fever, and Empire Maker had a slight cough.

    With the fitness of racing's star 3-year-olds in question, the field for the $1 million Travers grew to eight Wednesday with the surprise entries of Peace Rules and Congrats.

    After weeks of telling everyone Funny Cide was an unlikely starter as he recovered from a fever, trainer Barclay Tagg not only entered his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner but said there's a "75 percent" chance the gelding will run.
     
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  • Funny Cide Entered in Travers Stakes
    Associated Press - By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, AP Racing Writer
    August 20, 2003

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Funny Cide was entered in the $1 million Travers Stakes on Wednesday, with trainer Barclay Tagg saying there's a "75 percent" chance his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will run.
     
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  • Funny Cide work raises Travers hopes
    The Daily Racing Form - By DAVID GRENING
    August 20, 2003

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Funny Cide worked four furlongs in 47.82 seconds Tuesday morning at Saratoga and seemed to take a major step toward at least being entered in Saturday's $1 million Travers. However, his entry would be no guarantee that he would run in the race.
     
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  • Funny Cide puts in encouraging workout; trainer still doubtful about Travers
    Associated Press - By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, AP Racing Writer
    August 19, 2003

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Funny Cide is not out of the $1 million Travers Stakes yet.

    The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner put in an encouraging workout Tuesday, but trainer Barclay Tagg insisted his New York-bred gelding was still "highly doubtful'' for his greatly anticipated rematch against Empire Maker in the Midsummer Derby.
     
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  • HOW IS FUNNY CIDE FEELING?
    Sackatoga Stable

    August 16, 2003

     
    Funny Cide's condition continues to improve and he is definitely feeling better.  We will be continuing to monitor his bloodwork and will be keeping a careful eye on his diet.  Both will be critical in the decision to resume workouts and to run in the Travers Stakes.  At this point, we are hopeful that Funny Cide will run in the Travers however, Funny Cide's health and well being is our number one priority.

     
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  • Sackatoga gets win
    Saratoga Episode brings stable's first Spa victory

    The Times Union - By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer

    August 15, 2003

     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- It's been a tough 10 days for the gang from Sackatoga Stable, the group that owns Funny Cide. With next Saturday's $1 million Travers Stakes still in doubt for the star gelding, the Sackatoga guys have just sat back and waited, hoping trainer Barclay Tagg gives them some good news.

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  • Cide show draws a crowd
    The Saratogian - By JEROME BURDI

    August 14, 2003

     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- About 1,000 fans of Funny Cide lined the paddock Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course to get a glimpse of their hometown hero.

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  • Funny Cide Jogs, Nominated to Pennsylvania Derby
    The Blood-Horse
    August 12, 2003

     
    Though Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is still being prepared for the $1 million Travers on Aug. 23, he has been nominated to the Pennsylvania Derby, Sackatoga Stable managing partner Jack Knowlton said.

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  • Funny Cide ready to get back to work
    The Times Union - TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
    August 12, 2003

     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Little by little, Funny Cide is getting back to his old routine. Monday morning at 5:30, he was out and galloping over the Clare Court training track on the backstretch at Saratoga Race Course.

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  • Healthy sign for Travers
    Trainer says Funny Cide's back to normal after fever

    The Times Union - By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer
    August 8, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The odds that Funny Cide will run in the Travers seemed to improve again Thursday, when the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner awoke without any signs of the fever he spiked shortly after running third in the Haskell Invitational.

    "He's doing fine," trainer Barclay Tagg said. "His temperature's normal. He seems to be much better. He's still just walking, but he's feeing good. I'm trying to make today the last day of medication. I don't want to go much farther than this."

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  • Funny Cide feeling better, Tagg says Travers possible
    The Pink Sheet - By JOSH CHAPIN
    August 7, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS - After a less-than-stellar Haskell Invitational, coupled with a temperature for Funny Cide, trainer Barclay Tagg finally had cause to smile Wednesday morning.

    "Funny Cide's feeling good today," Tagg said of the gelding. "He's still on some medication, but he's acting real good. He's bouncing around, and (his temperature) was normal."

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  • 'CIDE' ON THE MENDS
    New York Post - By ED FOUNTAINE
    August 6, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS - Funny Cide, who spiked a fever upon his return to the Old Spa after finishing a dull third in Sunday's Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, seemed markedly improved yesterday morning, according to trainer Barclay Tagg. But the Kentucky Derby winner is being treated with antibiotics, leaving his status for the Aug. 23 Travers iffy at best...

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  • Funny Cide tops Haskell
    Daily Racing Form - By JAY PRIVMANl
    August 2, 2003
     
    OCEANPORT, N.J. - Funny Cide should get the type of stalking trip he craves. Peace Rules is fresh, just as he was for the best race of his career earlier this year. And Sky Mesa figures to improve off a deceptively fast comeback race four weeks ago in the Dwyer Stakes. But the possibility of rain for Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park throws a wicked curveball into the mix...

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  • Funnycide.com Draws Worldwide Attention For New York Gelding
    NYRA - By Bruno Zalubil
    August 2, 2003
     
    Saratoga Online, Inc. is a small web design company that plies its new-age trade in the old-world town of Saratoga Springs. It has a diverse client list of about two dozen that includes realtors, a lawyer, a pizzeria, an aerial investigations company, the cornfield maze at Liberty Ridge Farm and a website that features a goateed, leather-wearing biker who sells black T-Shirts with sayings like: "The Party's Not Done 'Til The Neighbors Call 911"...

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  • Horse racing: Saratoga eager for Funny Cide-Empire Maker battle
    The Star-Ledger - By ELI SASLOW, Star-Ledger Staff
    Aug 1, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Spend a few hours in this town and you'll understand that it lives for one moment. The countdown is everywhere...

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  • Spa City to embrace eve of Travers Stakes
    The Saratogian - By JEROME BURDI
    Aug 1, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Spa City will host a new festival on the night before the Travers Stakes that will include live music, face painters, pony rides, food and fun...

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  • Six to face Funny Cide
    The Times Union - By MATT GRAVES, Staff writer
    August 1, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Sackatoga Stable's New York-bred Funny Cide will have six opponents as the 8-5 favorite Sunday in the $1 million Haskell Invitational, Monmouth Park's annual showpiece...

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  • Wild Weekend on Tap: Funny Cide Surrounded by Speed;
    Watch Out for Shug

    The Bloodhorse - By Steve Haskin
    July 31, 2003
     
    There are so many possible scenarios in this weekend's big stakes, the Haskell, Whitney, and Jim Dandy, handicappers should be plenty busy over the next few days...

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  • Funny Cide Draws 5 Post as 8-5 Favorite for Haskell
    The Bloodhorse - By Ron Mitchell
    July 31, 2003
     
    Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide drew the number five post position and was installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite when seven horses were entered for Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park...

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  • Frankel points Empire Maker toward Dandy as Cide goes south
    The Pink Sheet - By JOSH CHAPIN
    July 30, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS - Funny Cide and Empire Maker could well be on a collision course for a fourth meeting in the Travers, but the two horses are taking very different paths to get there...

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  • Tagg keeping even keel
    Funny Cide trainer keeps matters in perspective
    The Times Union - By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
    First published: Tuesday, July 29, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Trainer Barclay Tagg has seen some strange things since Funny Cide captured the imagination of a nation during the Triple Crown...

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  • Funny Cide wine hits the market
    July 28, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Funny Cide has teamed up with an outstanding New York
    winery, Millbrook Winery and Vineyards, to present two Funny Cide wines,
    a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Franc. The wines are available at retail locations, restaurants, and on-line via the Wine Exchange...

    >Click here to visit the Wine Exchange!

     
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  • Funny Cide has final Haskell work
    Daily Racing Form - By DAVID GRENING

    July 28, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Funny Cide, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, completed his preparations for next Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park by working six furlongs in 1:12.46 Sunday morning over a fast Saratoga main track...

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  • Funny Cide breezes a day early to beat the weather
    Thoroughbred Times

    July 27, 2003
     
    In an attempt to beat a possible off track, trainer Barclay Tagg sent out Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Funny Cide for a six-furlong breeze in 1:12.47 at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday in his final move prior to the Haskell Invitational Handicap (G1) on August 3 at Monmouth Park.
    "It went great," exercise rider and assistant trainer Robin Smullen said. "He needed the work; he was blowing."

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  • 'Favorite Son' To Be Honored At Spa
    NYRA - By Glen Mathes

    July 26, 2003
     
    There is little doubt that Saratoga Springs’ most notable native currently is Funny Cide as “Funny Cide mania” has swept through the Capitol Region since the gelding won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. To that end the New York Racing Association will honor Funny Cide twice during the 36-day meet.

    Funny Cide Day will be held on Wednesday, August 13 and on Sunday, August 31, a Saratoga T-shirt featuring Funny Cide will be the last premium giveaway of the 2003 meet.

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  • Home of Funny Cide offering tours 
    The Pink Sheet - By STEPHEN DRAVIS

    July 26, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS - The faster Funny Cide ran this spring, the faster the calls came to McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds...

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  • Funny Cide the toast of the town 
    The Saratogian - By JEROME BURDI

    July 25, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS - Fans of Funny Cide can now cheer on their favorite thoroughbred with a bottle of beer or a glass of wine branded with his name...

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  • Sun, Funny Cide arrive at same time
    Tagg immediately places star attraction in stall
    Times Union - By: MATT GRAVES, Staff writer

    First published: Wednesday, July 23, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The sun broke through the clouds for the first time Tuesday morning at about 9:25 a.m. -- as if prophetic -- while the van pulled in behind Barn 15 to deliver Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide to his new home for the next six weeks...

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  • Saratoga Notebook: Wheeling, Dealing with Funny Cide; Sky Mesa Waits; Dollar Bill Plummets
    The Bloodhorse - By: Mike Kane

    July 22, 2003
     
    Some six weeks after his bid for the Triple Crown ended in the Belmont Stakes (gr.I), the Funny Cide merchandising bandwagon has started rolling into his hometown, Saratoga Springs...

    >Click here for full story...*

     
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  • Funny Cide beer hitting local shelves
    The Saratogian - By: JEROME BURDI

    July 22, 2003
     
    People soon will be able to own Funny Cide - in a bottle. The light beer will be on sale next week, a few days after it's unveiled on Thursday to the press (who never touch a drop of the stuff) and local officials...

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  • Funny Cide, Empire Maker pointed toward Spa showdown
    Associated Press - By: CHRIS CAROLA

    July 22, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- The possibility of a rematch between Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide and Belmont champion Empire Maker has racing fans in Saratoga excited...

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  • Funny Cide continues working out at Belmont
    July 21, 2003
     
    Funny Cide breezed through a 6 furlong workout on Monday at the Belmont finishing with an impressive time of
    1:12.86.
     
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  • A New York state of mind
    The Times Union - By: STEPHANIE EARLS, Staff writer

    July 20, 2003
     
    Funny Cide's success confirmed what state breeders already know...

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  • Funny Cide second of 16 NY-bred Millionaires Club
    July 20, 2003
     
    Of the 16 New York Bred millionaires, FUNNY CIDE was the second highest at $1,999,385.  SAY FLORIDA SANDY was the top NY-bred millionaire at $2,074,409.

    The Top Five NY-bred Millionaires are:

    SAY FLORIDA SANDY
    $2,074,409
    FUNNY CIDE
    $1,999,385
    L'CARRIERE
    $1,726,175
    GANDER
    $1,664,250
    FOURSTARDAVE
    $1,636,520
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  • Funny Cide gives balloon business a lift
    The Saratogian - By: Jerome Burdi

    July 20, 2003
     
    SARATOGA SPRINGS - On an average day, Wendy Cook blows up about 100 balloons and tells the Funny Cide story at least once...

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  • Knowlton Points Funny Cide to Haskell
    The Bloodhorse

    July 19, 2003
     
    Managing partner Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable said Funny Cide will accept the 123 pounds assigned Friday for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 3 at Monmouth Park...

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  • Maplewood celebrates Spa City's favorite gelding
    The Saratogian - By: Jerome Burdi

    July 17, 2003
     
    BALLSTON SPA - Saratoga County's nursing home, Maplewood Manor, had its very own Funny Cide Day Wednesday, amid a sea of silver heads and smiling faces.

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  • Funny Cide Top Earning Horse
    July 15, 2003

    Funny Cide is ranked number one in earnings at $1,863,200.  The top ten includes:
    1)  Funny Cide $1,863,200
    2)  Empire Maker $1,836,200
    3)  Harlan's Holiday  $1,685,100
    4)  Ipi Tombe (ZIM) (f) $1,416,273
    5)  Mineshaft $1,309,686
    6)  State City  $1,283,088
    7)  Congaree $1,100,000
    8)  Peace Rules $1,050,000
    9)  Aldebaran $  960,606
    10) Wando $  812,025
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  • Haskell-bound Funny Cide works today
    The Saratogian - By: Jason Scavone

    July 15, 2003
     
    As expected, Funny Cide got his invitation Sunday to this year's $1 million GI Haskell Invitational, scheduled for August 3 at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J...

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  • Funny Cide breezes at Belmont Park for Haskell
    Thoroughbred Times

    July 15, 2003
     
    Dual classic winner Funny Cide breezed five furlongs at Belmont Park on Tuesday in his second workout since finishing third to Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 7.

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  • Funny Cide Moving to Saratoga
    Jack Knowlton - Sackatoga Stable

    July 15, 2003
     
    Funny Cide is expected to ship to Saratoga on July 23rd.  Funny Cide will remain in Saratoga until he ships to Monmouth Park, New Jersey to run in the Haskell Invitational on August 23rd.  After the Haskell Invitational, Funny Cide will return to Saratoga for the Travers Stakes on August 23rd.
     
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  • Funny Cide Continues Working Toward Haskell
    The Bloodhorse - by Ron Mitchell
    July 15, 2003
     
    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide continued his preparations for the Aug. 3 Haskell Invitational when he breezed five furlongs at Belmont Park on Tuesday in a sharp :58.69. The time was third fastest of 20 horses working that distance on a fast main track...

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  • Funny Cide tops list of Haskell invitees
    Thoroughbred Times
    July 13, 2003
     
    Sackatoga Stable’s dual classic winner Funny Cide tops the list of 26 three-year-olds invited to the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (G1) for three-year-olds at Monmouth Park on August 3...

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