2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winner Funny Cide made his debute at his new home in the Hall of Chanpions at the Kentucky Horse Park on Friday. I was at the event on Friday and there was a turnout of around 200 in the freezing temperatures.
Funny Cide earned an Eclipse Award in 2003 as champion three-year-old male after winning the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. His Triple Crown bid ended when he finished third in the 2003 Belmont Stakes.
Funny Cide concluded his racing career in 2007 with $3,529,412 in purse earnings and 11 wins in 38 starts. He also earned graded stakes wins in the 2004 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Excelsior Breeders’ Cup Handicap.
Since being retired from racing, Funny Cide previously served as a stable pony for trainer Barclay Tagg.
“The rigors of racing and training for several years have started to cause him mild discomfort recently as he continued working on a regular basis as my stable pony,” Trainer Tagg said. “So now the time has come, as he is turning nine years old, to really retire.”
The story of this gelding is an interesting one. A story of dreams and hope and a little luck. John Ashton, VP for Racing Communications for Churchhill Downs, told the Funny Cide story better than I could so take a listen:
Here is a short documentary on Funny Cide in his 2003 Triple Crown bid:
Here is Funny Cide’s Kentucky Derby win in 2003:
Here is Funny Cide winning the Preakness in 2003: