Funny Cide Makes Home In Lexington

By: Denny Trease
By: Denny Trease

A Derby and Preakness winner is taking up permanent residence in the Bluegrass state!

Funny Cide arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park today.

Our Denny Trease was there, and has more on the honor.

In horse racing parlance, the Kentucky Horse Park hit the daily double this fall by adding not one but two former Kentucky Derby winners as permanent residents here.

Alysheba was introduced at the park's hall of champions on October 31st, and today it was Funny Cide, the great gelding who won the Derby and the Preakness in 2003.

"It's been a great period of time for us, and we are absolutely elated. After Alysheba arrived a few weeks ago, we thought we might have a period of stability here and just as soon as we said that, we got the call from Winstar and Jack Knowlton that Funny Cide was going to come and be part of the family as well."

Funny Cide was the kind of against all odds success story that people love.

Jack Knowlton and a group of his old high school buddies pooled their resources to buy Funny Cide as a two year old for $75,000, and he repaid their investment many times over.

"He raced for 6 years, from a 2 year old to a 7 year old. He had 11 wins, 9 of those wins were stakes earning in excess of $3.5 million dollars. What a lot of people don't remember is his 4 year old year. He had 10 races that year. He just continued to please his fans, people came out, and you know that's what racing needs."

Unfortunately Funny Cide was hurt as a 5 year old and lost some of his lustre, but his star will again shine bright at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Funny Cide will now share a stable with Alysheba and the legendary Cigar.

That's a trio that is sure to draw racing fans from around the world.


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