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Sentry Chick
Jun. 14, 2007, 02:01 PM
2003 Derby and Preakness winner will be racing at the Fingerlakes Race Track in Farmington, NY on July 4th.

In conjuction to Funny Cide's appearence, Sackatoga Stables who own him, will also display trophy's won by him. And have a meet and greet.

Sounds like a nice way to spend the day. :)

Texarkana
Jun. 14, 2007, 05:14 PM
He'll be running in the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap. Here's the link to his webpage for anyone seeking more info (like I was):
http://www.funnycide.com/

I hope it's a crushing victory. I couldn't stand the thought of Funny Cide losing at Finger Lakes. But I think the meet and greet idea is cool... great PR for the track, and the proceeds are going to benefit a good cause.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 14, 2007, 05:16 PM
Interesting and good for Finger Lakes - it took doubling the purse of the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap from $50k to $100k to make it happen.


Officials at Finger Lakes have reached an agreement with the connections of Funny Cide to raise the purse of the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap from $50,000 to $100,000 in order to lure the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to the western New York facility.

The Wadsworth, a dirt race run at 1 1/8 miles, will be run July 4. It is believed to be the first time a Kentucky Derby winner will race at Finger Lakes. The decision to raise the purse was finalized Monday, said Finger Lakes president and general manager Chris Riegle, who had ongoing talks with Jack Knowlton, head of the Sackatoga syndicate which owns Funny Cide.

"We've known Jack for a couple of years," Riegle said. "We had a couple of Funny Cide promotions before and he was interested in bringing the horse here."

DRF June 4, 2007 (http://horseracing.sportsline.com/cbs/headlines/showarticle.aspx?articleId=19103)

Sounds like a semi-farewell tour (or final race) for the fans and towns folks in largely near by Sackets Harbor to see him run ;)

olympicdreams04
Jun. 14, 2007, 10:53 PM
As a longtime supporter of FLTAP (one of my beasties was acquired from them last year) and with many personal (some all TOO personal) connections to the track including but not limited to exercise riding, grooming, running horses, and so on and so forth, I am pleased with the financial support that FLTAP will receive from this event as well as the positive publicity that the track will benefit from. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to be able make it as I'll be up there that weekend for Genessee Valley Hunt and can't head up as early as Wednesday.

Louise
Jun. 15, 2007, 07:42 AM
Oh, that's too bad, olympicdreams04. FLTAP is going to have a booth there that day, and it would have been nice to meet you.

If anyone does come to the track that day, please look for the FLTAP booth, and stop by to say hello. I'll be there all day, as will a lot of the FLTAP volunteers that you know from this forum.

It's so exciting to think that Funny Cide is actually going to be at Finger Lakes. I hope he draws a lot of folks who don't normally come to the track -- folks who will come back and support racing and folks who might not be aware of the wonderful work that FLTAP does.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 18, 2007, 10:18 AM
As seems to be his modus operandi, Funny Cide puts in these wonderfully fast workouts giving everyone around him the feeling he could run the Preakness all over again.

This time it was Saturday (June 17) on the Belmont main track (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2007/06/17/2007-06-17_the_day_at_the_races.html) where out of 26 horses he put in a time of 0:59.21 for five furlongs. That was the fastest even besting Invasor who likewise was breezing five furlongs that morning too and did it in 0:59.45.

It will be interesting to see how much of a weight penalty Funny will be assigned and what the rest of the field gets as well in the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap.

Some of the media coverage:

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle June 7 "Four-legged superstar won't let us down" (http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070607/SPORTS0101/706070368/-1/COLUMNS)


"We don't expect a walk in the park," Knowlton said. "That purse is going to attract some nice horses, and a mile and one-eighth isn't Funny Cide's best distance. He prefers a mile and a quarter."

One likely challenger for Funny Cide figures to be Johnie Bye Night, the reigning Finger Lakes Horse of the Year, which won the Wadsworth last year and appears to be in peak condition. Owner-trainer Charlton Baker's 5-year-old gelding has won four straight stakes races at the track. His last start was a 6½-length romp May 28 in the George Barker Stakes. Funny Cide would have to catch him.

Albany Times Union, June 7 (http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=595500&category=SPORTS&newsdate=6/6/2007&TextPage=2)


Trainer Barclay Tagg will not likely be at the event because he is scheduled to run Wood Memorial winner Nobiz Like Shobiz in the Dwyer at Belmont Park the same day. His assistant, Robin Smullen, will probably saddle Funny Cide. A jockey also will have to be found because Cornelio Velazquez, who rode Funny Cide to a third-place finish in the Wagon Stakes at Belmont on May 18, rides Nobiz Like Shobiz.

"You would certainly like to win this race because it's a nice purse," Knowlton said. "He'll run his race and whatever happens, happens."

I wonder what jockey they'll get for him, they've tried others such as Julie Krone once before on him in that horrid Breeders' Cup Classic effort in 2003 - finishing 9th.

Texarkana
Jun. 18, 2007, 10:34 AM
It will be interesting to see how much of a weight penalty Funny will be assigned and what the rest of the field gets as well in the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap.




I have it on good authority he'll be carrying 215 lbs. They're toying with having Larry Jones ride him. He applied for his bug so he can start riding Hard Spun himself. :lol:

Kidding, kidding...

Robin has been with Funny from the start. She handles him more than Tagg. Although it will be interesting to see who they find to ride him.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 18, 2007, 10:50 AM
I have it on good authority he'll be carrying 215 lbs. They're toying with having Larry Jones ride him. He applied for his bug so he can start riding Hard Spun himself. :lol:

:D Why do I picture that suggested scene looking a heck of a lot like this: with another cowboy (http://youtube.com/watch?v=ueuauKKjPZI).

Robin has indeed been with Funny Cide since he was brought to Tagg's outfit and has been his exercise rider. Barclay has never really been terribly keen in his antics [he loved to rear up when he was 3-yrs old] or other difficult behavior.

I suspect they'll look at picking up a jockey based at Finger Lakes myself as luring someone from Aq or Bel for a single ride will be tough and why not take someone who knows the track and might have a few rides across the surface earlier in the day. I'm sure a lot of jocks there would love to ride him! Who wouldn't want to say "I rode a dual Classic winner" once.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 22, 2007, 02:42 PM
Funny still is solidly working out - from Friday (6-22) morning:


Horse: Funny Cide
Date: June 22, 2007
Track: BELMONT PARK
Distance: Five Furlongs
Time: 1.00:76 Handily
Track Condition: Fast
Surface: Dirt
Rank: 4/9

(data courtesy of Equibase Company LLC)

olympicdreams04
Jun. 22, 2007, 03:40 PM
Anyone actually from FL out there: I think Freddie should ride him. I have seen him wrangle ATLEAST two horses so far this year and he has some mad skillz at FastPonyCanter speed. I'm sure he could make an impromptu jockey if appropriately compensated.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 22, 2007, 03:59 PM
.. if appropriately compensated.

What are you saying - a six-pack of Funny Cide light beer (http://www.brewerianazone.com/taps/tap2380.jpg), some left over Funny Cide hot sauce (http://www.thecoolpepper.com/comfiles/pages/138.html), and a scoup of Funny Cide Pride* (via Stewarts) ice cream won't cut it? :D How about beads (http://youtube.com/watch?v=pE0lxXOMBS8) and shells?

*Funny Cide Pride is/was: Butter Pecan ice cream with roasted pecans, a butter pecan fudge swirl, and butter pecan fudge pieces.

Flashback to when Funny was on top of the world (http://www.empirewire.com/images/funnycide.jpg)

olympicdreams04
Jun. 22, 2007, 04:27 PM
What are you saying - a six-pack of Funny Cide light beer (http://www.brewerianazone.com/taps/tap2380.jpg), some left over Funny Cide hot sauce (http://www.thecoolpepper.com/comfiles/pages/138.html), and a scoup of Funny Cide Pride* (via Stewarts) ice cream won't cut it? :D How about beads (http://youtube.com/watch?v=pE0lxXOMBS8) and shells?

*Funny Cide Pride is/was: Butter Pecan ice cream with roasted pecans, a butter pecan fudge swirl, and butter pecan fudge pieces.

Flashback to when Funny was on top of the world (http://www.empirewire.com/images/funnycide.jpg)

Glimm,
If it's not Keystone, I'm not sure Freddie will drink it, but it's worth a shot. Chicken wings might have to accompany hot sauce. How do you think Funny would take to a western saddle. I've seen the way Freddie warily eyes those exercise saddles we ride in. I think you'd have to pry the western saddle out of his trampled, lifeless hands.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 22, 2007, 05:04 PM
Finger Lakes is Rochester, effectly, and that means it is "Genny country" (http://www.history.rochester.edu/class/beer/genny.htm) - not Keystone ;)

Funny is pretty wide so a western saddle around him could be tougher. A Circle Y would have to be extra wide. I have however seen Tagg in a western saddle when ponying along side Funny Cide.

olympicdreams04
Jun. 22, 2007, 09:28 PM
On the FL backside it seems like Keystone is the beer of choice. Much personal experience here (as I do NOT drink Keystone or anything of the sort and have been woefully sober far too often). I think Freddie and Funny, attired in western getup, can take home the purse hands down...if for no other reason than the rest of the jockey's falling from their mounts in fits of laughter.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 1, 2007, 12:12 AM
A lengthy article on Funny Cide and running at Finger Lakes from The Saratogian June 30, 2007 "New York-bred racing icon to run again at smaller venue" (http://www.saratogian.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18536383&BRD=1169&PAG=461&dept_id=602469&rfi=6)

excerpt


So what about this move, which some might view as a desperate attempt to regain some of Funny Cide's former glory?

Knowlton said that's not the case at all. He said bringing Funny Cide to Finger Lakes will give even more fans a reason to come to the races and watch a two-time Classic winner go to the gate in person.

"They've never had a horse of this stature there," Knowlton said. "This is clearly a big thing ... We got a lot of support from New York State in general, but particularly from the Watertown, Syracuse and Rochester areas ... The more people that get exposed to a champion race horse, the better it is for the game."

By the way Jockey Alan Garcia will get the mount


Another article: Associated Press June 30th "Funny Cide still racing at age 7" (http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2007/06/30/sportsextra/doc4685e82436370291831250.txt)

excerpt


[Funny Cide] is poised to become the first winner of a Triple Crown race to compete here since the track opened in 1962.

“I see nothing wrong, in fact, quite the contrary, from Funny Cide’s adventures in the bullrings,” said William Nack, who won seven Eclipse Awards for his coverage of thoroughbred racing. “It’s a homecoming bonus for the owners, who are from upstate New York. I wish more Derby winners would visit the county fair tracks around the country.”

“It’s a wonderful part of history. It’s great for the fans, great for the people,” said trainer Nick Zito, who raced 1991 Derby winner Strike The Gold until the age of 5. “I’m a Funny Cide fan. Look, he’s an old man, but on the other hand it’s good for racing. I don’t see any negative. He’s a gelding. I guess when he can’t race, they’ll just retire him.”

“If he wasn’t a gelding, he’d have been in a breeding shed a long time ago,” Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day said. “I think it’s great. It gives those people at Finger Lakes an opportunity to see a Derby winner up close and personal. He’s not just making an appearance, he’s going to participate. I think it’s awesome.”

Funny Cide might even cross paths with Zippy Chippy, who now works as an outrider at Finger Lakes track.

maunder
Jul. 2, 2007, 10:15 AM
Funny Cide might even cross paths with Zippy Chippy, who now works as an outrider at Finger Lakes track.


:) I met Mr. Zippy Chippy a few weeks ago! He's quite the character!

The FLTAP booth should have lots of nice merchandise for fans of Funny Cide. Hope a lot of you will come to the track Wednesday!

Glimmerglass
Jul. 2, 2007, 11:15 AM
I will say that I take issue with some of the tone of the articles covering Funny Cide's impending race there at Finger Lakes. Folks just need to look at this for what it is: a horse race at a different track to be enjoyed by fans and competitors. If he doesn't win, so be it, and if he wins does it hurt anyone? Heck no.

Times Union June 30 "Cide trip has horse racing on holiday" (http://timesunion.com/AspStories/storyprint.asp?StoryID=602262)


Steve Martin, the director of operations at Finger Lakes Racing and Gaming, says there could be a crowd of 8,000, which would be nearly double what a normal Fourth of July would bring in.

In the 46 years of Finger Lakes, there has never been a Derby winner who ran there. There have been name horses, like Groovy (champion sprinter of 1987) and Safely Kept (champion sprinter of 1989), who have raced at Finger Lakes.

Steve Cauthen rode at the Lakes on Sept. 24, 1978, the same year he rode Affirmed to the Triple Crown.

But there has never been anything like this.

"It will easily be the biggest day in the last 20 years," Martin said. "It could arguably be the biggest day in the history of Finger Lakes."

Glimmerglass
Jul. 3, 2007, 10:11 AM
Funny Cide will be shipped to Finger Lakes the morning of the race. Stabled at Belmont now it shouldn't take too long to get him there in time.

Ithaca Journal July 3, 2007 "Cide show: Finger Lakes track ready to host former Derby winner" (http://www.theithacajournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070703/SPORTS/707030331)


Riegle said that there will be a Family Day at the Races, including live music and a barbecue for the holiday. The Finger Lakes Racetrack grandstand holds 7,000 people and is open to the public, but the dining room and reserved seating areas are sold out. The first 2,000 fans to enter will receive a Funny Cide button and Sakatoga Springs posters will be handed out.

The Sackatoga Springs owners will also be on hand to sign the posters and there is a suggested donation to the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, which goes to assisting in the placement of former Finger Lakes race horses with equine adoption agencies or approved private individuals.

Daily Racing Form July 3, 2007 "Funny Cide comes to his people" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/86322.html)


"We got a lot of support from New York state in general, but particularly from the Watertown, Syracuse, and Rochester areas," Knowlton said. "The more people that get exposed to a champion racehorse, the better it is for the game."

Citing a four-furlong move in 47.20 seconds on Thursday, Knowlton said: "Just look at his works. His last workout was not only a bullet, but the second-best work that day was by Invasor. Everything he shows tells us he still wants to be a racehorse."

As for the Wadsworth, the only real threat to spoil Funny Cide's visit looks like Johnie Bye Night. A 5-year-old who is 4 for 4 at Finger Lakes, Johnie Bye Night won last year's Wadsworth by leading wire to wire. He stretches out off an easy win in the George W. Barker May 28.

The field for the $100,000 Wadsworth Memorial Handicap (http://www.fingerlakesracetrack.com/AboutUs_695.aspx) - 8th race @ 4:19 eastern time


P.P Horse Odds Jockey Wt.
1 Rises The Phoenix 8-1 Alvarado, N. 114
2 Tiger Speech 8-1 Messina, R. 113
3 Johnie Bye Night 9-5 Davila, J., Jr. 119
4 Out From Africa 20-1 Camejo, O. 103
5 Funny Cide 6-5 Garcia, A. 123
6 Mad Bob Cat 12-1 Castillo, E. 113
7 Tommasi 5-1 Grabowski, J. 117
8 Gebb's Power 20-1 Yang, C. 110

The race will be available on the radio and internet radio too:

Live coverage of the $100,000 stakes race will be available on WYSL 1040AM and on www.wysl1040.com

Also on the web (delayed by 3 minutes) too:

ESPN Video: choose Finger Lakes track, click (http://espn.go.com/horse/liveracing06.html)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 3, 2007, 10:14 AM
Related story ...

Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle July 1 - Finger Lakes sets pace to help retired racehorses" (http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070630/SPORTS/706300312/1007/SPORTS)


"As strongly as I feel about the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children, I feel these babies are sometimes exploited, too," said Wanda Polisseni, owner of Purple Haze Stables and a major contributor to the program.

"We don't want to send these horses out to stand in a pasture, we don't want to send them to the glue factory. They deserve another chance."

There are other horse retirement organizations in the country, but the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program (www.fingerlakestap.org) is the industry's first to be based on track property.

Thanks to a $150,000 donation by Polisseni and a $60,000 state grant secured by state Sen. Michael Nozzolio, a 10,000-square-foot, 16-stall equine center will be built over the next 10 weeks.

"I pinch myself all the time when I think about it," Ohlinger said after Friday's ceremonial groundbreaking. "I'm dumbfounded that we've been so successful so fast."

Louise
Jul. 3, 2007, 11:11 AM
The volunteers for FLTAP are all very excited about tomorrow. I hope I see some of you there.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 4, 2007, 02:09 PM
The field for the $100,000 Wadsworth Memorial Handicap (http://www.fingerlakesracetrack.com/AboutUs_695.aspx) - 8th race @ 4:19 eastern time

The race will be available on the radio and internet radio too:

Live coverage of the $100,000 stakes race will be available on WYSL 1040AM and on www.wysl1040.com

Also on the web (delayed by 3 minutes) too:

ESPN Video: choose Finger Lakes track, click (http://espn.go.com/horse/liveracing06.html)

Just a pinch over two hours to go ...

Norcrest
Jul. 4, 2007, 03:59 PM
Soo sorry that I wasnt able to go but the rain made me move up my plans for getting the hay up (we just finished 10 acres in both round and squares and now have to rush getting it here before the rain started) ...I was looking forward to going today too. :-(

Did read a funny article that called Finger Lakes a Country Fair Track...wow wouldnt everyone there love to know that! Louise..I hope your turn out was good..sorry I didnt get to see you today



Funny Cide keeps on going
(http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/450884,CST-SPT-horseplug01.article)

July 1, 2007

BY JOHN KEKIS
FARMINGTON, N.Y. -- Funny Cide always has been different. That won't change.

Born on the Saratoga Springs farm of Joe and Anne McMahon, Funny Cide became the first New York-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby -- and the first gelding since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929 -- when he beat favored Empire Maker in 2003 in an upset at Churchill Downs and nearly went on to capture the elusive Triple Crown.

Four years later, the chestnut son of Distorted Humor and Belle's Good Cide, who was neutered because he was born with an undescended testicle that made him uncomfortable when he ran, has lost a stride or two from his heyday. But he's still racing at age 7, something only two other Derby winners -- Assault (1946) and Tomy Lee (1959) -- have done in the past six decades.

''It is unusual,'' said Elliott Walden, vice president of WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., where Funny Cide was bred. Funny Cide is considered New York-bred because a thoroughbred's state affiliation is determined by where the foal is dropped, not conceived.

''The nice thing about that ownership group is they're having fun racing,'' Walden said. ''He's a gelding, and in this day and age, with horses being whisked off to stud, it's nice.''

Funny Cide's next race is on the Fourth of July, and it will be something completely different for a Derby winner -- he's entered in the 32nd Wadsworth Memorial Handicap at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.

When Funny Cide won the Derby, the Churchill Downs crowd was 148,530. Finger Lakes, located just southeast of Rochester, can accommodate 2,000 patrons in the clubhouse and another 4,000 in the grandstand, and president Chris Riegle readily acknowledges the facility's main claim to fame until now was dubious at best.

Finger Lakes once was home to Zippy Chippy, a gelding who was acquired by his owner for a used van and appeared in People Magazine but never in a winner's circle in 100 starts. Zippy Chippy, who even lost a 40-yard dash to a minor league baseball player, finally was banned from racing at Finger Lakes in 1998 after losing by 37 lengths.

Funny Cide, who won the 129th Derby, captured the Preakness by nearly 10 lengths and finished third in the Belmont Stakes, is poised to become the first winner of a Triple Crown race to compete here since the track opened in 1962.

''I see nothing wrong, in fact, quite the contrary, from Funny Cide's adventures in the bullrings,'' said William Nack, who won seven Eclipse Awards for his coverage of thoroughbred racing. ''It's a homecoming bonus for the owners, who are from upstate New York. I wish more Derby winners would visit the county fair tracks around the country.''

Funny Cide won't challenge the longevity of some of the great geldings of the past -- John Henry had 39 wins in 83 starts before retiring in 1984, Kelso raced 63 times all over the place from 1959-66 and Forego ran 57 times from 1973-78 -- but as long as he's fit he's going to keep running.

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Glimmerglass
Jul. 4, 2007, 04:33 PM
bump with just a couple minutes to post

http://espn.go.com/horse/liveracing06.html

Announced official attendance at Finger Lakes: 11,400 which is the 2nd largest ever in the history of that track and 2,000 more then were at Santa Anita to see Lava Man's historic win last weekend.

Nice to see the support in Central New York!

JER
Jul. 4, 2007, 04:45 PM
Yippee! Funny wins!

Finger Lakes got a memorable 4th of July.

Linny
Jul. 4, 2007, 04:45 PM
And he wins it. Nicely timed ride by Garcia.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 4, 2007, 04:46 PM
Roar of the crowd as the Funny Cide of days gone by surges in the stretch from 4th place to win the 32nd Wadsworth Memorial Handicap over a muddy track by 2 lengths :D

Norcrest
Jul. 4, 2007, 04:48 PM
Did you notice they called the track Fast??? Nice to see the old boy get back to the winners circle. And that attendance is fantastic! Guess they didnt need me there today :-)

olympicdreams04
Jul. 4, 2007, 04:59 PM
Very handily done by Funny Cide. Alan put in a great ride as well. Its nice to see him have the well deserved win. I was rooting hard for Tommasi but he never looked like he quite had the dig in the mud today. Congrats to Funny Cide and his connections and I couldn't be happier that it was such a success at Finger Lakes. Louise, I'm sure FLTAP will have benefits to reap!

Glimmerglass
Jul. 4, 2007, 06:31 PM
WHAM-13 ABC Rochester NY "Funny Cide Wins at Finger Lakes" (http://www.13wham.com/content/sports/local/story.aspx?content_id=86009807-457e-4771-a92d-6fcbc514c72f)

The video report doesn't appear to up yet

Per the final numbers Funny Cide won by 3-lengths not 2 ;)

Texarkana
Jul. 4, 2007, 07:00 PM
Go Funny Cide!

Anywhere have the video clip up yet? I missed it live.

Louise
Jul. 4, 2007, 08:02 PM
The turnout today was the second highest ever at Finger Lakes. The crowd was happy and excited, and people were standing in long lines to get autographs from the owners, available for a donation. The booth with both Funny Cide merchandise and FLTAP merchandise was busy, busy, busy, and all of the proceeds went directly to the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program.

I don't know how much the final total will be, but every penny will be used for the benefit of Funny Cide's less well know brothers and sisters. Some of the folks who were introduced to FLTAP for the first time today will, hopefully, remember us, and be interested in either adopting or donating.

The horse was, obviously, in fine form, and it looked like the owners were having a great time. I, for one, am extremely grateful that they brought him to the track. They did a lot of good, and won some money too.

I think I got the biggest kick out of the horses in the preceding races. They were pretty focussed on running, but, after each race, as they were brought back in front of the grandstand to be untacked and taken to the backside, there were some pretty wide-eyed and interested looks on those ponies. They just are not used to all of that commotion and movement going on in those stands. Here's hoping that some of the folks who came out today, liked what they saw, and will be back out again, to help those horses get used to commotion and movement.

MHM
Jul. 4, 2007, 10:47 PM
I'm sorry I wasn't able to be there to see him in person, but I'm so glad he won! I can't imagine that many people there. On my visits to Finger Lakes, I doubt there were 120 people there to watch. :lol:

Did he really ship in from Belmont just this morning, though?! I've done that drive, and I wouldn't want to:

A. Cross my fingers that there would be no traffic delays.

and

B. Expect a horse to run well after that long a trip!

BasqueMom
Jul. 4, 2007, 11:10 PM
Woohoo! Way to go, Funny Cide!

Glimmerglass
Jul. 4, 2007, 11:18 PM
At least Tagg had one winner today - Nobiz Like Shobiz was a well beaten second on Any Given Saturday at Belmont ;)

Associated Press 7-4-07 "Funny Cide breaks 6-race losing streak" (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19603595/)

excerpts


The 7-year-old Funny Cide had not won in six straight outings, but the 1 1-8-mile test for 3-year-olds and up proved to his liking as a near-record crowd of more than 12,000 cheered his every stride. He covered the distance in 1 minute, 51.77 seconds despite an uncharacteristic slow break from the gate.

“I don’t think he cared for the surface,” assistant trainer Robin Smullen said. “But he still loves it. He’s got dapples from ear to tail. They don’t look like that if they’re not happy. Hopefully, we can use this as a springboard and keep going. He’s healthy and he’s happy, so let’s have at it.”

Funny Cide, who arrived at dawn, looked calm as he pranced around the gazebo at the center of the paddock with hundreds of fans straining their necks to get a glimpse of the workingman’s horse who won the first two legs of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

The Finger Lakes attendance record is 13,066, set July 4, 1962.

Up next, or at least suggested, is the $100,000 Kelso, a 1 3/16-mile race at Delaware Park on Sept. 29.

Drvmb1ggl3
Jul. 4, 2007, 11:32 PM
I don't quite get it.
A Derby, Preakness and JCGC winner reduced to running in a minor stakes race at a 2nd tier track to get a win.
I think it's more sad than exciting myself.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 4, 2007, 11:32 PM
AP Photo: Funny Cide with Alan Garcia up are led to winner's circle (http://news.yahoo.com/photo/070704/483/ae5d594acb0041e88e8be17dc583b877)

AP Photo: Funny Cide with Garcia up pose for photos (http://news.yahoo.com/photo/070704/483/adff6c25fcce4d24b6c7bd147b7787fb)

(Sakatoga Stables swelled to almost 100 members with their family/friends in the winner's circle)

Tagg did suggest that a race at Saratoga, again, is possible although that hasn't been successful ever in his career.

Funny Cide in his last three races has finished in the money.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 4, 2007, 11:43 PM
I don't quite get it.
A Derby, Preakness and JCGC winner reduced to running in a minor stakes race at a 2nd tier track to get a win.

Running at Finger Lakes in a $100k race (not exactly a $10k claiming show) shouldn't be looked at any differently then running at Belmont for the same amount of money.

The added twist to it is that (1) his participation gave the means for fund raising for the Finger Lakes race horse adoption program (2) gave a publicity boost to the track within its own community of greater Rochester who has largely overlooked it and (3) perhaps the biggest motivator was that most of the owners (and their family) live closer to this track then any other. So rather then voyaging all the way down to Elmont NY for a costly $$ afternoon, Sakatoga friends and family could enjoy a day at the track and be back home by 7 pm if they wanted.

No harm, no foul to Funny Cide as he was treated like a king, the team was lavished with plenty of ink in the media, earnings were pushed over $3.5 Million, scored his 11th career win, and he proved he still wanted to run despite it being a sloppy sealed track. Had he run at Belmont he would've had polite applause and barely a couple lines in Daily Racing Form if he had won.

For a horse that openly owners were saying his last race was likely just that - his career last - we now are likely going to see him go after another race with a confidence reborn.

MHM
Jul. 5, 2007, 12:15 AM
Thanks for posting that, Glimmerglass. If he arrived at dawn, he must have left Belmont between 8-11 PM last night. Assuming he got back on the truck after he won and was cleaned up and put away, he wouldn't get back to Belmont until well after midnight.

That's a long day's work for everybody involved- glad they were successful. :cool:

Pronzini
Jul. 5, 2007, 09:22 AM
Forget the elitist stuff in the trades--I thought this was what racing is all about. Bring out your horse so your closest 10,000 hometown friends can see him and have him put on a show. I was rooting for the runner up for personal reasons (I have a broodmare by his broodmare sire) but good for Funny Cide and good for Finger Lakes. Hopefully this translates into a confidence boost for Funny.

The carpers need to ask themselves--is this better or worse than the schedule Perfect Drift has done in the last two years? Personally I think owners and trainers need to put horses where they can do good even if that means big drops into easier circuits and claiming races.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 5, 2007, 09:58 AM
More photos - Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle July 5, 2007 photo gallery (15 shots) by Jay Capers (http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=A2&Dato=20070704&Kategori=MULTIMEDIA03&Lopenr=704002&Ref=PH')

Article Democrat & Chronicle 7-5-07 "Fans cheer Funny Cide to victory at Finger Lakes" (http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070705/SPORTS/707050342)


The overflow crowd certainly enjoyed his performance, too. The official attendance was 11,429, but that was calculated at the usual time, after the day's sixth race. However, fans were still streaming in when Funny Cide and seven other horses left the paddock for the eighth race.

There hadn't been more than 5,500 fans betting horses at Finger Lakes on any one day since 1994. It had been 29 years since the track drew more than 10,000.

"This proves horse racing isn't dead," said Steve Martin, the track's director of operations. "You just need stars."

Funny Cide is that star. Fans flocked to the paddock before the race for an up-close look at the horse who won Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2003 and the Jockey Gold Cup in 2004.

They clapped as he entered the saddling area. They jammed toward the front row to take his picture.

Even the competitors, like long-time Finger Lakes trainer Mike Ferraro, took a long look at Funny Cide as Smullen strapped on the saddle.

As for the Saratoga race he could be pointed to its a turf race, something Funny has to date seriously disliked running on: Albany Times Union 7/5/07 "Like old times for Funny Cide" (http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=603434&category=SPORTS&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=7/5/2007&TextPage=2)


Knowlton and his team may be considering is the 28th West Point Handicap (http://nyra.com/Saratoga/stakes/WestPoint.html) for state-breds on the Saratoga turf Aug. 12

Sentry Chick
Jul. 5, 2007, 10:00 AM
I don't quite get it.
A Derby, Preakness and JCGC winner reduced to running in a minor stakes race at a 2nd tier track to get a win.
I think it's more sad than exciting myself.

It's more sad that you feel this way. It's nice to see that the owners are not snobbish and look down uppon their roots and home town. Funny Cide was not reduced to anything. And I don't see where a $100,000 purse is minor. The crowd attendance should be enough to show you that people still love and respect him. I wish I could of attended the race. I for one can't afford to go to the Derby, Preakness or any of the other high profile races. It's nice that to see the high profile horses (race horses, Olympic champions, ect) come out and meet the many fans that couldn't come to other venues.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 5, 2007, 10:35 AM
Video: WSYR (Syracuse) ABC "Thousands Turn Out to See Funny Cide" (http://www.9wsyr.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=197943)

Again, when was the last time Finger Lake's track - and more importantly horse racing outside of the Triple Crown chase - a large posiive news story in the local news? Good for the track, sport, and fans.

Obviously thousands upon thousands of people went to the track for the first time. I really hope the track knowing this was going to be the case took as many steps as they could to make it exceptionally positive.

Drvmb1ggl3
Jul. 5, 2007, 05:21 PM
I have absolutely no problem with once great horses making appearances at small tracks for the fans. Red Rum and Desert Orchid were carted all over the place, and thousands showed up. Seattle Slew did a couple of laps at Longacres, right at the height of his prowess, so that the locals of the city he was named after could have a chance to see him. Silky Sullivan made regular appearances at Santa Anita. They were not dropped in class though.
I still think seeing a Derby and JCGC winner slumming it in a $100k stake is kinda sad (and yes, $100k is a minor pittance in todays world of multi-million dollar races), it just illustrates how far he has fallen. I would have prefered to have seen him retired with a bit of dignity myself, he more than deserved it. I think there would have been an outcry if a horse like Desert Orchid was trotted out in less than top races.
I had huge hopes for Funny Cide, a gelding almost winning the TC, hed be around for years, I thought we finallly had another John Henry-Kelso-Forego, so yeah I dont exactly get excited about seeing where he is now.

Frog
Jul. 5, 2007, 05:43 PM
"John Henry-Kelso-Forego"


Ah! But instead, we're talking about a Kentucky Derby winner!

On the Farm
Jul. 5, 2007, 05:43 PM
I still think seeing a Derby and JCGC winner slumming it in a $100k stake is kinda sad (and yes, $100k is a minor pittance in todays world of multi-million dollar races), it just illustrates how far he has fallen.

Forgive me for asking, but where are all of these "multi"-million dollar races? I can only think of three right off hand--two Breeders' Cup races and another halfway around the world. I could see a complaint about running in state bred races (I didn't even bother to look at the book on this race,) but a purse of this size doesn't meet the qualification of "slumming." Just to add, alot of the noble greats in the '30s and '40s ran in low purse overnight handicaps between stakes tries.

Drvmb1ggl3
Jul. 5, 2007, 07:42 PM
Forgive me for asking, but where are all of these "multi"-million dollar races? I can only think of three right off hand--two Breeders' Cup races and another halfway around the world. I could see a complaint about running in state bred races (I didn't even bother to look at the book on this race,) but a purse of this size doesn't meet the qualification of "slumming."

There are over 50 races in the world every year with purses of $1m or greater.
There are over 150 races with purses of $500k or greater.
There are over 600 races with purses of $100k or greater, and that's just Graded races, add in the non-graded and listed stuff and you're probably in excess of 1000 races with pots worth $100k or better. Hell, I've seen optional claiming races with purses closing in on $100k.
To paraphrase one time major player in the high dollar yearling stakes, Nelson Bunker Hunt, "a $100k isn't what it used to be".

Glimmerglass
Jul. 5, 2007, 09:38 PM
If he does run at Saratoga they are pointing him to the West Point Handicap (NYB) which is a stakes nominated race but hasn't been the West Point Stakes since 1980.

In it's 28th running, this is a $100,000 1 1/8 Miles turf race for August 12th. So not unlike the Finger Lakes offering in the purse, but again he's likely to be a huge fan favorite. That is unlike last year's Grade 1 $500k Woodward, which I attended, against the likes of a top notch older horse like Premium Tap where he was barely mentioned as a contender. In the West Point he has a fair chance to win and be finally a winner at Spa, his quasi "home".

Although turf and poly track are two things Funny hasn't performed well over.

The uber beloved Saratoga fan favorite - perhaps even slightly more so then Funny Cide - Fourstardave (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=29221) had won this race in 1989, 1991 and crossed the finish line first in 1993 but was DQ'd to 5th.

Collecting dust like some old trophy or a relic of another time like an elevator attendant isn't really necessary if he's still able to run competitively, earn money, and put a smile the faces of people in the stands.

Pronzini
Jul. 5, 2007, 10:01 PM
There are over 50 races in the world every year with purses of $1m or greater.
There are over 150 races with purses of $500k or greater.
There are over 600 races with purses of $100k or greater, and that's just Graded races, add in the non-graded and listed stuff and you're probably in excess of 1000 races with pots worth $100k or better. Hell, I've seen optional claiming races with purses closing in on $100k.
To paraphrase one time major player in the high dollar yearling stakes, Nelson Bunker Hunt, "a $100k isn't what it used to be".

How many of those races have conditions Funny Cide is currently eligible for? Would you be as critical if Funny Cide was using an allowance race at Belmont at a lesser purse as a tuneup? What's the difference?

Drvmb1ggl3
Jul. 5, 2007, 10:21 PM
Would you be as critical if Funny Cide was using an allowance race at Belmont at a lesser purse as a tuneup? What's the difference?

The difference is it wasn't a tuneup, it's the only level he is competitive at anymore, his prior race was an optional claimer where he finished down the field. As a multiple G1 winner, a dual classic winner, a horse who came within several lengths of winning a TC, he doesn't owe anyone anything anymore. If he were mine he would be up to his fetlocks in clover for the rest of his life.
It's like watching a former heavyweight champ fighting at your local gym, or Ronaldinho playing with the Portland Timbers.

CharingHounds
Jul. 5, 2007, 10:25 PM
I have absolutely no problem with once great horses making appearances at small tracks for the fans. Red Rum and Desert Orchid were carted all over the place, and thousands showed up. Seattle Slew did a couple of laps at Longacres, right at the height of his prowess, so that the locals of the city he was named after could have a chance to see him. Silky Sullivan made regular appearances at Santa Anita. They were not dropped in class though.
I still think seeing a Derby and JCGC winner slumming it in a $100k stake is kinda sad (and yes, $100k is a minor pittance in todays world of multi-million dollar races), it just illustrates how far he has fallen. I would have prefered to have seen him retired with a bit of dignity myself, he more than deserved it. I think there would have been an outcry if a horse like Desert Orchid was trotted out in less than top races.
I had huge hopes for Funny Cide, a gelding almost winning the TC, hed be around for years, I thought we finallly had another John Henry-Kelso-Forego, so yeah I dont exactly get excited about seeing where he is now.

I suppose every all-star athlete or Olympic star should retire with "dignity" when they are no longer able to perform at the level that they originally became famous at. Yup - they should just quit doing what they're better than most at. Never mind playing on the company ball team, forget running 10k's cause it feels good to be out running with the crowd. In fact - they should all just stop doing what they're good at, because it's dissapointing to their shallow fans who don't want to have to watch them perform when they're no longer at their peak!?!

Let's just hope that when YOU get a little older and are not so excellent at whatever it is you're excellent at, that you remember to retire with dignity instead of continuing at a pace that you can stiil be successful at.

Funny Cide's appearance at Finger Lakes breathed new life into a sport that desperately needs heroes. In addition, his presence brought attention and financial support to retiring thoroughbreds by aiding the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program. Sounds like Funny Cide and his people are actually giving something back. Undignified? Hardly.

Besides that, he is still quite an exceptional horse with undeniable talent. At the age of 5 he had a nagging back problem that had to be overcome withtime and treatment. It isn't fair to ask or expect a horse to compete at his previous level intil he's ready. Every racehorse (or athlete, for that matter) needs a confidence-builder at some time. He got a good one.

I was at the races that day. And I've seen some good horses win some big races.
But the crowd at Finger Lakes cheered for Funny Cide like you wouldn't believe. For nearly 2 minutes you could not hear yourself scream because of all the yelling around you. Funny Cide won and he knew he won. I was not far from Robin, and I saw her eyes well up with tears. She was genuinely moved by Funny's performance and the support of the fans. They loved that he won, and I believe that they would have cheered for him even if he had not beaten the nice (local) Johnie Bye Night. At many of the "big" races, you don't get nearly the reaction he got here.
Believe me, when the crowd of 12,000 roared for the "gutsy gelding" and the mob of owners spilled out in front of the winner's circle, his dignity was certainly never in question.

Shame on you for implying such.

Beezer
Jul. 5, 2007, 11:42 PM
bump with just a couple minutes to post

http://espn.go.com/horse/liveracing06.html

Announced official attendance at Finger Lakes: 11,400 which is the 2nd largest ever in the history of that track and 2,000 more then were at Santa Anita to see Lava Man's historic win last weekend.

Nice to see the support in Central New York!

Psst, Glimmer! ;) It was the Hollywood Gold Cup for Lava Man and the great Diver, so it's held at Hollywood Park, not SA ... so it's no surprise that so few people showed up. The place is a pit. :no:

And as for Drvmb1ggl3, everyone just has to realize that there are very few parades said poster doesn't relish raining on. ;)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 6, 2007, 12:00 AM
Psst, Glimmer! ;) It was the Hollywood Gold Cup for Lava Man and the great Diver, so it's held at Hollywood Park, not SA ... so it's no surprise that so few people showed up.

Doh! Indeed my error as I knew better. A pit perhaps but it does have Vic Stauffer making the calls so its not a bad deal.

Sometimes those unspiffy tracks make for the best fun of enjoying the racing rather then the food. Turf Paradise in AZ is a wee bit run down and in a spooky part of Phoenix but a darn good fun time to be had. Heck even the old Fair races, since gone, in the Berkshires of Mass (Northampton (http://www.threecountyfair.com/racing.htm)) could be a good time on occassion.

Pronzini
Jul. 6, 2007, 09:09 AM
I'm at Hollywood Park every weekend. If you think that's a pit, I need to introduce you to Stockton. :)

FourWands
Jul. 6, 2007, 10:23 AM
I'm with you Drvmb1ggl3...
Even Michelle Kwan, with 9 US titles and 5 world titles, knew it was time to quit rather than compete. Now she can do those skating tours... no competitive pressure but she still does what she's great at and no one can say she should give it up and fans still get to see her.
I have no idea if you can really compare the two situations but I think Funny Cide is overdue for racing retirement.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 6, 2007, 11:44 AM
I have no idea if you can really compare the two situations but I think Funny Cide is overdue for racing retirement.

To do what in "retirement"... stay at the farm and bake cookies for the stable hands?

My guess is that most people will say he's a perfect goodwill ambassador for the sport and could make track appearances associated with fundraising and media visibility of the sport. Although correct me if I'm wrong didn't he do just that on Wednesday and make money? Did the people in the stands throw rocks at him, call him names or otherwise mock him for racing in "just" a $100k race? Come on folks - he thrived on adoration and the roar of the crowd as I'm sure Johnny Bye Night did too.

Frankly for the entire sport, his racing on July 4th generated more positive press in the mainstream media for this sport than Invasor ever did. The latter was brilliant but not really adopted by the US media as being a golden child. A quick google news search will shows 166 article citations for this "nothing" race yet for comparisons Lava Man's record-matching Hollywood Park victory, one for the history books, garnered 159 article citations.

As for Funny's racing record it isn't like he's 0-20; in fact in his last 3 starts he is 1-0-2. I have no objections with him now doing a "smaller" race at Saratoga or DelPark this year. I'm quite certain the Sakatoga folks are winding down his career, but before he goes they want their fans to enjoy one or two more looks at him.

Texarkana
Jul. 6, 2007, 11:52 AM
I'll admit I was taken aback at first when I saw Funny Cide was racing at Finger Lakes.

But I've been completely converted to think that it was one of the most generous things his connections could have done for horse racing.

Don't you think if Funny Cide was miserable racing that they'd retire him? Of course he doesn't have to prove anything to anyone. I'm sure all his connectons realize that. And it's not like they've dropped him into a completely unrespectable class. They could be entering him in allowance races and claimers at Belmont if they just wanted to make a buck off of him (and he'd probably be running against better competition!).

Look at all the good that came out of this. The second biggest crowd in Finger Lakes history, a confidence boosting-win for an old veteran, money donated to a great cause... and maybe if we're lucky, a new racing fan or two was born out of the whole event. All I see are positives all the way around.

I think the best thing Funny Cide's connection could do with him while he's still sound and running is to use him as an ambassador to the sport. Heck, I almost think they should do a "goodbye tour" with him now. That's going to bring a whole lot more good than him sitting in a paddock at the Kentucky Horse Park.

...and I guarantee you that out of those 12,000 people at Finger Lakes, I bet very few of them realized that his win on Wednesday was any less significant than his other career victories. From the sounds of it, I'm guessing it might as well have been the Kentucky Derby all over again in their eyes. ;)

On the Farm
Jul. 6, 2007, 01:00 PM
There are over 50 races in the world every year with purses of $1m or greater.
There are over 150 races with purses of $500k or greater.
There are over 600 races with purses of $100k or greater, and that's just Graded races, add in the non-graded and listed stuff and you're probably in excess of 1000 races with pots worth $100k or better. Hell, I've seen optional claiming races with purses closing in on $100k.
To paraphrase one time major player in the high dollar yearling stakes, Nelson Bunker Hunt, "a $100k isn't what it used to be".

I think my question concerned multi-million dollar races only. Thanks for the info on everything but that though.

Madaketmomma
Jul. 6, 2007, 01:07 PM
I don't usually like to get into debates like these on here, but I just wanted to say that my husband went to Finger Lakes to watch the race on the 4th (I was stuck building a shed at the barn with my trainer's husband). My husband has been to all the big tracks around the U.S., as he is a big racing fan, and he said it was great. He said that it was so energetic and loud when the race went off that short of it being a HUGE race (like the Derby) it was the best race he has seen. I also second the notion that it is a good thing for people to see Finger Lakes and to hopefully come out more often and support the horse's here. And any money that was donated to FLAP is great! I know all we have here is a measly low end track ;), but we still take pride in it and the horse's.

p.s. if you look at my profile pic you can see my new boy who I got from Finger Lakes less than 2 months ago. Maybe I should have ran him on the 4th!

lizathenag
Jul. 6, 2007, 02:12 PM
very handsome boy.

I loved it when Lost in the Fog came to the Northern California tracks. Dads would hold their kids on their shoulders so they could get a look

FourWands
Jul. 6, 2007, 03:48 PM
To do what in "retirement"... stay at the farm and bake cookies for the stable hands?

My guess is that most people will say he's a perfect goodwill ambassador for the sport and could make track appearances associated with fundraising and media visibility of the sport. Although correct me if I'm wrong didn't he do just that on Wednesday and make money? Did the people in the stands throw rocks at him, call him names or otherwise mock him for racing in "just" a $100k race? Come on folks - he thrived on adoration and the roar of the crowd as I'm sure Johnny Bye Night did too.


Yup. Bake cookies. That makes sense.

Seriously... It's nice to be a goodwill ambassador/see him win/make some money but in the last 5 outings, how often has that happened? Sure, everyone gets beaten from time to time. He's not improving... Seeing this horse get beaten time after time doesn't conjure up "goodwill" feelings though.
He can still get the adoration... just not any humiliation...

Barnfairy
Jul. 6, 2007, 04:08 PM
When y'all own your own KD & Preakness winning gelding, y'all can make yer own decision when to retire him.

Kudos to FC's connections for sharing him with his fans. I loved watching him and meeting his people when they came to Suffolk and I'm sure his outing at FL was even more exciting for his NY following. It's good for the sport, and so far, it doesn't seem to be hurting FC either. 'Don't think he can read the condition book.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 6, 2007, 04:53 PM
'Don't think he can read the condition book.

Only Beautiful Jim Key from 1904 (http://exhibits.slpl.org/lpe/data/lpe240023588.asp?Image=240037342) could read and write. Made his owner a fortune and entertained a lot of folks at the World's Fair. High strung (in case people forgot, he's not the most mellow of horses) Funny Cide doesn't need no stink'n books, he just loves to breeze against the youngsters.

Can anyone explain for a horse that folks seemingly want to retire so badly, he puts in some of the fastest workouts - his last timed workout was even faster then Invasor on the same track, minutes appart, same distance.

Folks he's not doing goat racing at the county fair next to the century old hot dogs and dunking booth or put in the man-vs-horse contest. He's not doing $1,000 appearance fees for the grand opening of the local Sam's Club or pitching cars for some Kia dealership.

I look at it like this: I'd rather see him running in a race then appearing in some unrecognized dressage show reduced in his "second career" to having do half-halts before a judge or paraded out daily in front of fat tourists at some retirement home, forced to pose for them.

Beezer
Jul. 6, 2007, 07:56 PM
I'm at Hollywood Park every weekend. If you think that's a pit, I need to introduce you to Stockton. :)

Been there, seen it. :) Also remember Victorville. :eek: But when comparing Hollypark to SA -- and, although we didn't include Del Mar, to DM, too --Hollypark is, well, a pit. But then, so is Los Alamitos.

Sure, it may be a nicer pit than most pits, but for a track that holds Grade I's and held a Breeders Cup ... well, that old gray mare ain't what she used to be.

As for Funny Cide, I tend to think that if his owners and trainers thought the horse was no longer happy and competitive at his job, they'd find him another one. Including one baking cookies. But apparently, they -- who know the horse better than anyone on a bulletin board -- don't think that's the case.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 13, 2007, 07:40 PM
Perhaps now that he is retired he will bake those cookies I mentioned :D

Another positive for Finger Lakes Track is tomorrow with the $150k New York Derby, the 8th race on the 9-race program:


Belmont jockeys to ride in New York Derby
Democrat and Chronicle (http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070711/SPORTS/707110374/1007/SPORTS)

FARMINGTON NY— Funny Cide is long gone but some racing stars are scheduled to ride at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack in Saturday's $150,000 New York Derby.

Edgar Prado, Fernando Jara and Alan Garcia are among the Belmont Park-based jockeys named to ride in the second leg of the Big Apple Triple.

Channing Hill will ride Chief's Lake for trainer Steve Asmussen as the gelding continues his bid for the $250,000 Big Apple Triple bonus. Chief's Lake won the Mike Lee Handicap on June 26 at Belmont Park. The final leg of the series is the Albany Handicap at Saratoga in late August.

Prado will be aboard French Transition, a colt highly regarded by his connections. Trained by Carlos Martin, French Transition ran in the Grade I Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland as a 2-year-old and in a Grade 2 stake at Santa Anita earlier this spring.

Jara, who was aboard Invasor in winning the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic, will ride Good Prospect. Garcia is riding Dr. V's Magic, who was third in the Mike Lee. Garcia piloted Funny Cide to victory in the $100,000 Wadsworth Memorial Handicap on July 4.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 17, 2007, 10:22 AM
For those who didn't catch the Finger Lakes run by Funny Cide in the Wadsworth for the final race of his career someone has finally ripped a copy and put it on youtube.com

Video: $100k Wadsworth Memorial Handicap July 4, 2007 at Finger Lakes Race Track; Alan Garcia up on Funny Cide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ-EJU5vf-Q)

(calracing.com doesn't have rights to show already run Finger Lakes races so getting a copy of the replay was going to be very difficult)

Glimmerglass
Jul. 20, 2007, 08:51 AM
Just a follow up to the New York Derby cited before to held at Finger Lakes - it was a rather large bit of a mess ... "sorry about that old chap, we'll be taking back the trophy and the check ...". Maybe they thought Berry Bound was Barry Bonds :D

Democrat & Chronicle 7-15-07 "Chief's Lake wins the N.Y. Derby after Berry Bound is disqualified" (http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070715/SPORTS/707150337/1007/SPORTS)

Excerpt


First, jockey Joe Rocco posed with his horse, Berry Bound, and the happy owners in the winner's circle at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.

Then he took part in the trophy presentation when Steeplechase Farm was presented with the ceremonial prize as New York Derby winner.

Then Rocco fumed.

Following the usual stakes-race pomp and circumstance, Berry Bound was disqualified and Chief's Lake placed first.

The stewards ruled that two hard hip checks by Berry Bound on Chief's Lake at the top of the stretch, then more bumping nearing the wire, were the reasons Rocco's horse was able to hold on for the victory.

Chief's Lake lost by a nose, with a head-bob deciding the outcome in the 35th annual race for New York-breds.





Belmont jockeys to ride in New York Derby
Democrat and Chronicle

FARMINGTON NY— Funny Cide is long gone but some racing stars are scheduled to ride at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack in Saturday's $150,000 New York Derby.

Edgar Prado, Fernando Jara and Alan Garcia are among the Belmont Park-based jockeys named to ride in the second leg of the Big Apple Triple.

Channing Hill will ride Chief's Lake for trainer Steve Asmussen as the gelding continues his bid for the $250,000 Big Apple Triple bonus. Chief's Lake won the Mike Lee Handicap on June 26 at Belmont Park. The final leg of the series is the Albany Handicap at Saratoga in late August.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 2, 2009, 06:23 PM
Sticking this under the old thread of Funny Cide's swan song race ... and so warmly received by the fans of Western New York: DRF July 2, 2009 (http://drf.com/news/article/105148.html)


For the second time in three years, Finger Lakes has managed to lure a Kentucky Derby horse to western New York for the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap.

Sweetnorthernsaint, the beaten favorite in the 2006 Derby won by Barbaro, will try to follow in the footsteps of Funny Cide when he takes on nine older horses in Saturday's $50,000 Wadsworth at 1 1/8 miles.

The Wadsworth (race 8) is the co-feature on a card that also includes the $50,000 Niagara, a six-furlong sprint restricted to New York-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Two years ago, 2003 Derby winner Funny Cide made the final start of his career when he captured the Wadsworth. On Saturday, Sweetnorthernsaint, runner-up in the 2006 Preakness after finishing seventh as the 5-1 favorite in that year's Derby, will try to snap a six-race losing streak.

Support Finger Lakes if you can!

Not unsuprising is that Sweetnorthernsaint is the 5-2 ML favorite (http://www.fingerlakesracetrack.com/new-york-horse-racing_2990.aspx)

Rubyfree
Jul. 2, 2009, 08:16 PM
Thanks for posting that, Glimmer- I'd somehow missed the news!
I liked the horse quite a bit in 2006 but he'd long ago fallen off of my radar. I'll be there on Saturday to 'catch up'. :D

Glimmerglass
Jul. 13, 2009, 11:55 AM
The days of products being named after 9-yr old Funny Cide appeared to be over (including the ice cream and the beer) however his presence at the opening of Ellis Park for the 2009 meet spurned yet another product: Funny Cider, a non-alcoholic beverage (http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20090711/SPORTS08/907110371/1037/rss0701)


The gelding's appearance at the track's opening day coincided with the official rollout of Funny Cider. The drink is being produced by Evans Orchards, located in Georgetown, Ky., near the champion's new home at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Funny Cide's owner Jack Knowlton got the idea when the orchard served hot cider in December at a horse park event commemorating the Derby winner's arrival.

"We're just taking the game to a little different level than most people," Knowlton said. "We enjoyed his success, so we're going to share it and just have some fun."

Funny Cide, the last gelding to win the Derby before Mine That Bird did it this year, hadn't made a road trip since arriving at the horse park. It also marked the first time a Derby winner had been on the grounds at Ellis Park since Black Gold in 1927.

All profits from the cider sales will go to the horse park's Hall of Champions.

As an aside Funny's visit to Ellis July 11, 2009 (http://www.courierpress.com/news/2009/jul/11/fans-flock-to-funny-cide/) brought out a reported 6,009 people.