If you have been active in the horse racing scene in the past few years, the name would definitely ring a bell. Funny Cide was born in Saratoga and he won 11 of 38 career starts. To date, he has earned $3,529,412. In 2003, he won the Eclipse Award for the nation’s best 3-year-old. This Friday, Sackatoga Stable, the group that owns Funny Cide announced that he has been retired. Here is an excerpt from the announcement.
“I’ve retired the horse, and it was after a nice race he had out at Finger Lakes,” the trainer Barclay Tagg said yesterday. “Everybody was happy; everybody was thrilled. It was a good time to do this, on a winning note.”
Tagg added that Funny Cide was not injured and could have continued to race.
“He’s fine and he looks great,” he said. “It was just time to do this.”
Funny Cide will remain at Tagg’s stable at Belmont Park and will be converted to a stable pony, accompanying his former stablemates to the track each morning during training hours.
A little bit more history on Funny Cide – he won the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont in 2004. Yet it seems that 2003 was his last great year as his career spiraled downward after that. In any case, he had his own share of supporters. In fact, many believe that the owners’ decision in retiring Funny Cide is the right one, as they believe that he has had his day in the sun.