Funny Cide gave America something to cheer about in 2003 as the first New York bred in history to win the Kentucky Derby. He went on to capture the Preakness Stakes winning easily by ten lengths. However, he lost by four lengths to Empire Maker in the Belmont on a very muddy track (Funny Cide hated mud).
As he walked back towards the grandstand, the crowd continued to cheer for Funny Cide, “America’s Horse,” and boo the winner Empire Maker. Funny Cide’s owner Barclay Tagg, after retiring Funny Cide, asked the owners if he could keep him and use him as a track pony.
Funny Cide now spends his days on the backside at Gulfstream Park, a veteran of racing gazing on in the early hours of the day as other Derby hopefulls gallop past. People still come from all over the country to see Funny Cide, send Christmas presents and daily e-mails wondering how the “Big Horse” is doing. America’s Horse is still in the spotlight and his presence on the track brings comfort to all that encounter him.