The New York Racing Association, after speaking with Sackatoga Stable managing partner Jack Knowlton and trainer Barclay Tagg, is moving ahead with plans to hold a “Funny Cide Day” at Saratoga Aug. 10, at which the recently retired Kentucky Derby and Preakness (both gr. I) winner will be honored.
“We’ve just finished discussing it with Jack Knowlton and Barclay Tagg, and they said they’d love to have Funny Cide recognized,” said Gavin Landy, Senior Vice President of Sales and Market Development for NYRA.
“We’re going to honor the horse in much the way we did Fourstardave several years ago. Like Fourstardave, everyone loves Funny Cide, who is a hometown hero in Saratoga. We’ve finalized the initial plans, but haven’t finalized all the details yet. We’ll be honoring him in several different ways.”
When Funny Cide ran in the 2004 Saratoga Breeders’ Cup (gr. II), in which he finished second, more than 70,000 fans jammed the Spa, causing massive traffic jams up and down the Northway.
Funny Cide was retired Friday (July 13), closing out his career with a victory in the Wadsworth Memorial at Finger Lakes, in which a near-record crowd showed up to cheer on their hero. He is expected to receive a similar hero’s welcome (and farewell) when he is honored next month.
The New York Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming, and Wagering will hold a meeting Sept. 12 to review Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s anticipated recommendation regarding the franchise to operate Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.