Funny Cide, Jose Santos up, is covered in mud after his 4th-place finish in the grade I Pimlico Special on May 20, 2005. This was the only year that the New York-bred gelding did not win any of his races, and he was sidelined for months with back problems after just three starts.
His health restored, Funny Cide added more wins to his resume in 2006, and continued to race at seven.
Robin Smullen rides 7-year-old Funny Cide on the Belmont Park track while younger horses prepare for the 2007 Belmont Stakes. Four years earlier, a 3rd-place finish in that race kept Funny Cide from winning the Triple Crown.
Nine days after winning the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap at Finger Lakes on July 4, 2007, Funny Cide was retired from racing and given a new job as trainer Barclay Tagg's stable pony. The two head to the Belmont track to oversee morning works in June 2008.
Funny Cide was the first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby, and one of only a handful of geldings to do so. He raced for six years and won eleven of his 38 starts, finishing second or third fourteen times. In December 2008 he was retired again, and moved to the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park.
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