"I felt if we won, he'd go to the Breeders' Cup," Tagg said. "If he lost, even by an inch, I didn't want to go."
Jack Knowlton and his lovable high school pals from upstate New York were celebrating in the winner's circle afterward at the track where the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was unable to complete last year's Triple Crown.
"It's a big, big win," Tagg said. "This used to be the defining race of the year. We looking forward to a good race from him."
The Gold Cup was one of four grade I races on the program. But Funny Cide stole the show.The $600,000 winner's share pushed his earnings in 2004 to more than $1 million with three wins from nine starts. Overall, he has a lifetime record of 8-4-5 in 20 outings with earnings of $3,174,485.From the Slewacide mare Belle's Good Cide, Funny Cide was a $22,000 Saratoga yearling sale in 2001.A co-favorite in the field of seven with Love of Money, Funny Cide paid $7.60, $4.80 and $2.50. Newfoundland returned $11.60 and $5.50 while completing a $97 exacta. The Cliff's Edge was $2.90 to show.Evening Attire was fourth, followed by Bowman's Band, Love of Money and Domestic Dispute.(Chart, Equibase)
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