Funny Cide: The People’s Horse Returns to NY

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Funny Cide enjoys meeting his fans at Saratoga Funny Cide enjoys meeting his fans at Saratoga

Few Kentucky Derby winners have generated as much widespread interest as Funny Cide did in 2003. His bid for the Triple Crown energized people across the country – especially in New York. He was the first New York-bred to the win the Derby, and his humble beginnings (he was sold for $22,000 as a yearling) and the middle-class nature of his owners appealed to many. They famously drove to the Triple Crown races in school buses.

Funny Cide now has a permanent home at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., but he returned to New York this week to visit his “old friends,” and to help raise donations for the care of other Thoroughbreds at the Old Friends retirement farm near Saratoga Springs.

Paulick Report Editor-in-Chief Scott Jagow gives us a glimpse of the return of the “people’s horse.”

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  • Richard C

    For sports fans, Funny Cide was that era’s Seabiscuit…..the runner transcended Thoroughbred racing and was pop culture cool.

  • 4Bellwether666

    What a ride!!!…

  • Nayrod

    I hope he’s not soo grumpy! I hope he has his happy face on…..

  • Allison Roulston

    For me it was deja vu all over again — Carry Back Redux. However CB ran in a helluva lot more races than FC in order to earn his sobriquet “The People’s Choice”.

  • Bein

    He looks like such a sweet horse. Good boy.

  • nu-fan

    Thank you for the video clip–for those of us who couldn’t be there. What a lucky horse!

  • Piquetour

    He is my all time favorite horse-you should see my scrap book! The Press called Smarty Jones the people’s horse the following year because they were trying to recapture the grass roots attachment to Funny Cide.There is nothing like it when regular people(i.e. insurance agent, hardware store owner,dentist etc) own a bargain T-bred,and travel in a school bus to watch him run in all 3 of the Triple Crown races. A taciturn trainer with a sarcastic assistant-hey Hollwood?!

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