Twenty years after he captivated the horse racing world with a run that fell just short of a Triple Crown, Funny Cide has died.

Who was Funny Cide?

Funny Cide was foaled on April 20, 2000, at WinStar Farm in Kentucky, United States. He was bred by the Sackatoga Stable, a group of small-time owners who formed a partnership to participate in horse racing. Funny Cide was sired by Distorted Humor and out of the mare Belle’s Good Cide.

Funny Cide’s racing career began in 2002, and he quickly gained attention with his impressive performances. However, it was in 2003 that he achieved stardom and captured the Triple Crown spotlight. Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and finished third in the Belmont Stakes, narrowly missing the Triple Crown.

What made Funny Cide truly special was his endearing personality. He became a fan favorite due to his relaxed demeanor and playful nature. He often stuck his tongue out, earning him the nickname “The Smiling Wonder.” Funny Cide’s easygoing and approachable demeanor endeared him to fans and made him an ambassador for the sport.

Funny Cide’s success had a significant impact on the racing world. As a New York-bred horse, he brought attention to the state’s racing industry and inspired many local breeders and owners. His Triple Crown campaign revitalized interest in the sport and attracted new fans.

Funny Cide retired from racing in 2007 and embarked on a second career as a breeding stallion. While he didn’t produce offspring that matched his own racing achievements, his legacy continued through his impact on the racing community.

Funny Cide’s popularity extended beyond horse racing. He made appearances on talk shows, attended public events, and even had a beer named after him. His story inspired people from all walks of life and showcased the magic and thrill of thoroughbred racing.

Funny Cide’s legacy continues to resonate within the racing community, and he will always be remembered as one of the most beloved and iconic horses in the sport’s history.