Funny Cide Works in :47 1/5 for Preakness
Updated: Thursday, May 15, 2003 9:58 AM
Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 9:40 AM
Photo: AP/Luiz Ribeiro, New York Post
Funny Cide, working Tuesday in preparation for the Preakness Stakes.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide returned to the track Tuesday morning to prep for the second leg of the Triple Crown, Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Under exercise rider and assistant trainer Robin Smullen, Funny Cide hit the Belmont Park track around 8:45 a.m., following the morning renovation break and worked a half-mile in :47 1/5-- although many private clockers caught him in :46 4/5.
Smullen worked the gelded son of Distorted Humor through fractions of :12 3/5, :35 2/5 before galloping out in :59 1/5. Funny Cide pulled up after six furlongs in 1:11 4/5.
After the work, Smullen said Funny Cide was well within himself throughout the work even though the fractions were a little fast. "He was very comfortable and relaxed. He's eating well and feeling well and that's all we can ask for."
Trainer Barclay Tagg called Funny Cide's work excellent and said it was just what he wanted going into the Preakness.
"He turned in the time we are used to," the trainer said. "It's him all the way and he's training up to this race the same as he trained going into the Derby. This horse is a gift from God and I feel blessed to have him. Everything is going perfectly."
Jockey Jose Santos, who watched the work from the grandstand near the finish said, "I was very impressed with his work. He worked a little fast but all good horses work fast. I am really looking forward to the Preakness."
Earlier in the week Tagg said he planned to ship Funny Cide to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday morning, before the afternoon's Preakness Stakes, but final plans are yet to be determined.
As far as a plan for the Preakness is concerned, Tagg said he would like to see Funny Cide up close and behind the early speed on Preakness Day and just get a good, clean trip.
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