Funny Cide's Derby Win Voted Top 'Moment' of the Year
Updated: Monday, January 26, 2004 9:44 AM
Posted: Monday, January 26, 2004 9:44 AM
The 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory by Funny Cide was voted the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year, officials said. It was one of 10 "moments" on the ballot.
Funny Cide's connections will be honored at the Eclipse Awards dinner Jan. 26 in Holly wood, Fla., with the "NTRA Moment of the Year" award. Balloting was conducted at ntra.com.
Funny Cide's winning moment garnered 33% of the total votes. The Johar/High Chaparral dead heat in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) came in second with 22% of the votes. The opening of the movie "Seabiscuit" checked in third with 9% of all ballots cast.
The complete list of images and events that fans chose from were:
- Funny Cide becomes first gelding in 74 years to win the Kentucky Derby.
- Jose Santos vindicated by Kentucky Racing Commission in post-Kentucky Derby investigation.
- Empire Maker tops Ten Most Wanted and Funny Cide before 101,864 people at the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
- "Seabiscuit" opens in theaters nationwide.
- Storming Home bolts and dumps Gary Stevens just before the wire in the Arlington Million (gr. IT).
- The racing world mourns the passing of the legendary Bill Shoemaker.
- Julie Krone becomes the first woman to win a Breeders' Cup flat race whens he guides Halfbridled to victory from post 14 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
- Johar and High Chaparral combine to create the first dead heat in Breeders' Cup history in the John Deere Turf.
- Pleasantly Perfect captures the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) to give trainer Richard Mandella an incredible fourth Breeders' Cup winner of the day.
- Jockey Jerry Bailey wins three graded stakes in one day at Aqueduct and breaks Mike Smith's 10-year-old record for most stakes victories in one year.
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