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Top Funny Cide Questions
  • How did Funny Cide get his name?
    Funny Cide's name was derived from the names of his sire (father) and dam (mother) who were Distorted Humor and Belle's Good Cide.

  • Why was Funny Cide gelded?
    Funny Cide was gelded in late 2001 because he was born with an undescended testicle which made him uncomfortable when he ran.

  • What is Funny Cide's height?
    Funny Cide is 16.2 hands tall.  A hand is 4 inches.
  • What is Funny Cide's lineage?
    Funny Cide's father is Distorted Humor and his mother is Belle's Good Cide.
    Click here to view Funny Cide's full lineage.
Breeding & Ownership
  • Bred at WinStar Farm in Versaille, Kentucky, owned by William Casner and Kenny Troutt.
  • Born in New York at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbred Farm, Saratoga Springs owned by Joe and Anne McMahon.
  • Originally purchased at the Fasig Tipton New York bred yearling sale in Saratoga Springs $22,000 in August 2001 by Tony Everard.
  • Purchased by Sackatoga Stable from New Episode Training Center in Ocala, Fla. for $75,000 in a private transaction in March 2002.
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
  Asst Trainer: Robin Smullen
  Groom: Zacarias Quintana
  • Tagg has been the trainer for Sackatoga Stable since 1999 and has been training for 30 years.
  • Barclay Tagg is only the 14th trainer since 1950 to win the Kentucky Derby in his first appearance there.
  • Formerly he was a steeplechase jockey.
  • He has been best known for turf horses.
Jockey: Jose Santos
  • Santos has been Funny Cide's jockey for all 12 of his races except the 2003 Breeders Cup Classic.
  • Santos first worked Funny Cide in Saratoga Springs, August 2002.
  • Santos has been Funny Cide's jockey for all eight races.
  • He first referred to Funny Cide as his "Derby Horse" in October 2002.
  • He had been 0 for six in appearances at the Kentucky Derby prior to Funny Cide.
Funny Cide's Race History
  • Maiden Race, September 8, 2002
    Won by 15 lengths, beating a field of New York bred maidens.
    Beyer Speed Figure: 96
  • Bertram Bongard Stakes, September 29, 2002
    - Won by 9 lengths, beating a field of New York bred horses.
    - Beyer Speed Figure: 103
  • Sleepy Hollow, October 19, 2002
    - Won by a neck, beating a field of New York breds.
    - Beyer Speed Figure: 89
  • Holy Bull Stakes (G3), January 18, 2003
    - 5th place finish in first start against open company and around two turns.
    - Started from post 13 and raced wide throughout the race.
    - Order of finish: Offlee Wild, Powerful Touch, Bham.
    - Beyer Speed Figure: 87
  • Louisiana Derby (G2), March
    - 3rd place finish (moved up to 2nd when Kafwain was disqualified).
    - Order of finish: Peace Rules, Kafwain, Funny Cide.
    - Made late charge on the rail.
    - Beyer Speed Figure: 99
  • Wood Memorial (G1), April 12, 2003
    - 2nd place finish, by ½ length.
    - Order of finish: Empire Maker, Funny Cide, Kissin Saint.
    - Beyer Speed Figure: 110
  • Kentucky Derby (G1), May 3, 2003
    - Funny Cide emerged as the star of the 35,000 horses born in 2000.
    - Time of 2:01.19, 10th fastest in Derby history.
    - Took command at the eighth pole to win by 1 ¾ lengths.
    - Went off at odds of nearly 13 to one. Win returned $27.60.
    - Funny Cide is the first gelding since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929 to win the race.
    - Funny Cide is the first New York bred to win.
    - Funny Cide is the 12th runner of the Wood Memorial to win the Kentucky Derby,
      making it the prep race with the most Kentucky Derby winners.
    - Order of finish: Funny Cide, Empire Maker, Peace Rules.
    - Beyer Speed Figure: 108
  • Preakness Stakes (G1), May 17, 2003
    - Funny Cide is the seventh gelding to win.
    - Funny Cide is the 31st Kentucky Derby winner to win.
    - Won by 9 ¾ lengths, 2nd largest margin in Preakness history.
    - Order of finish: Funny Cide, Midway Road, Scrimshaw.
    - Beyer Speed Figure: 114
  • Belmont Stakes (G1), June 7, 2003
    - Funny Cide finished third in his unsuccessful bid to become the first Triple
      Crown winner since 1978.
    - Beaten by 5 lengths on a sloppy track.
    - Order of finish: Empire Maker, Ten Most Wanted, Funny Cide.
    - Beyer Speed Figure: 104
  • Haskell Invitational (G1), August 3, 2003
    - Funny Cide finished third, beaten by 9 lengths.
    - The next morning, Funny Cide had a fever of 102 at the onset of an illness that - caused him to miss the August 23rd Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
    - Order of finish: Peace Rules, Sky Mesa, Funny Cide.
  • Gulfstream Park, January 10, 2004
    - Funny Cide finished first with a winning speed of 1:22.83.
    - Order of finish: Funny Cide, American Style, Wacky for Love.
    - Beyer Speed Figure: 102
  • Lifetime Record: 12 Starts; 6 Wins; 2 Seconds; and 2 Thirds.
  • Lifetime earnings: $3,204,485
  • Highest earnings of any New York Bred in history.
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