Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The 2003 Kentucky Derby: Funny Cide

Funny Cide was retired last week. Since he's a gelding, he raced for much longer than most Derby winners; there's no lucrative stud career in his future. But with career earnings in excess of $3.5 million, he's not going to end up at the glue factory, either.

He was one of those Seabiscuit/Lava Man stories that people love (including me): a cheap(ish) horse that slays the giants. He was only the 2nd gelding to win the Derby, and the first New York Bred to do it. He went on to win the Preakness, but lost the Belmont Stakes in the slop to Derby favorite Empire Maker.