Funny Cide, a New York-bred gelding, came to Kentucky under the radar screen, but he will return to the Empire State a star, winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) impressively Saturday and putting himself in a position to win the Triple Crown.
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and his connections — owners Sackatoga Stable, Tagg and Santos — had to endure an unsettling situation along the way. A week after the Derby, a story broke about a suspicious photograph from the finish of the Run for the Roses, but an investigation cleared Santos after showing he clearly was not holding anything other than his whip during the race.
“Barclay told me to try to save some ground … then at the five-eighths to give him some loose rein,” said Santos. “He just loped along and then I used my whip in case there was a camera or something. I didn’t want him to get to looking around or something.”
Funny Cide was sent off the narrow favorite in the Preakness over Peace Rules — who had run third in the Derby — but it was no contest, Funny Cide winning the Preakness by the second-largest margin in the 128-year history of the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.