Funny Cide: The People’s Horse Returns to NY
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.”