Sleepy Hollow Could be Laugher for Funny Cide

Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, who has won both his starts by a combined 23 ¾ lengths, heads a field of six state-bred juveniles in the $100,000 Sleepy Hollow Saturday at Belmont Park.

Funny Cide figures to start in the realm of 2-5 in the one-mile test and will be the shortest priced favorite on the seven-race New York Showcase Fall Festival card.

After mulling over the positives and negatives of running Funny Cide in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), trainer Barclay Tagg opted to skip the race in favor of the Sleepy Hollow.

"He's classy, but it would be too many new things all at once," Tagg said. "He hasn't had much pressure in his races and he would have a different kind of pressure with those horses. It just wouldn't be the right thing to do with only two sprints against restricted company."

Funny Cide, a colt by Distorted Humor, broke his maiden first time out by 14 ¾ lengths. Three weeks later, he demolished a 10-horse field in the Bertram Bongard by nine lengths. Jockey Jose Santos has been a passenger in both races.

Tagg said he would like to run the colt one more time this year. Two races that will be under consideration are Aqueduct's $200,000 Remsen (gr. II) at nine furlongs on Nov. 30 and the NTRA Great State Challenge at Sam Houston on Dec. 7.

"I'd like to run against open company horses before the year's over," Tagg said. "Of course, you always have to play everything by ear in this game, but if things go well we'll point him to some of the bigger races down in Florida this winter and, hopefully, the Classics if he's good enough."

$100,000 Sleepy Hollow, 1 Mile, 2-Year-Olds
1 Unbridled Drive, Shaun Bridgmohan, 115
2 Funny Cide, Jose Santos, 122
3 Gallant Soldier, Edgar Prado, 115
4 Spite the Devil, Javier Castellano, 117
5 Go Rockin' Robin, Mike Luzzi, 115
6 J.B. Hood, Jerry Bailey, 115