Funny Cide Returns to Work Tab; Breezes Half at Belmont

Funny Cide Returns to Work Tab; Breezes Half at Belmont
Photo: Ed Betz/AP
Funny Cide, working out before last month's Belmont Stakes, worked again Monday.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide had his first work since the Belmont Stakes Monday, breezing an easy half in :51 1/5 on the Belmont Park main track.

The son of Distorted Humor is expected to make his return to the races in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park on Aug. 3. While his conqueror in the Belmont, Empire Maker, has had two fast 5-furlong works – in :58 3/5 and :59, Funny Cide has been given time off to recover from the Triple Crown. The New York-bred gelding is only one of two horses to have competed in all three Triple Crown races this year, the other being the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Scrimshaw.

Among those who may face Funny Cide at Monmouth is Blue Grass and Lousiana Derby winner Peace Rules, with other possibles including Ohio Derby winner Wild and Wicked, Dwyer winner Strong Hope, and Sky Mesa, who finished third in the Dwyer in his first start in nine months.

Also on the work tab this morning was Midas Eyes, who skipped Sunday's Dwyer and will point for the 6-furlong Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga. The son of Touch Gold, who has not run since losing a photo in the Riva Ridge Stakes on Belmont Stakes day, breezed a half in :47 2/5 for trainer Bobby Frankel.

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