What Happened to Funny Cide? Kentucky Derby 129 winning horse, dies due to colic

Recently a piece of sad news has come out in which it is told that Funny Cide is no more. Funny Cide, the beloved and iconic racehorse, captured the hearts of fans across the nation during his remarkable career. Foaled on April 20, 2000, at WinStar Farm in Kentucky, Funny Cide was a product of the Sackatoga Stable, a group of passionate and dedicated owners who formed a partnership to participate in the thrilling world of horse racing. With his impressive performances and endearing personality, Funny Cide quickly rose to stardom and left an indelible mark on the racing world.

Funny Cide

How did Funny Cide die?

Sired by Distorted Humor and out of the mare Belle’s Good Cide, Funny Cide embarked on his racing career in 2002. However, it was in 2003 that he truly shined and garnered nationwide attention. Funny Cide’s extraordinary talent and tenacity led him to victory in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, where he displayed unwavering determination and grace on the racetrack. Although he narrowly missed capturing the Triple Crown with a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes.

Funny Cide apart from other racehorses was not just his exceptional athleticism, but also his endearing charm and playful nature. Known for sticking his tongue out, Funny Cide earned the affectionate nickname “The Smiling Wonder.” His relaxed demeanor and approachable personality endeared him to fans, making him a fan favorite and an ambassador for the sport. Funny Cide brought joy and excitement to the racing world, captivating audiences with his magnetic presence.

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Beyond his accomplishments on the racetrack, Funny Cide had a lasting impact on the racing community as a whole. As a New York-bred horse, he motivated the racing industry and inspired local breeders and owners. His Triple Crown campaign revitalized interest in the sport, attracting new fans and reigniting the passion of long-time enthusiasts. Funny Cide’s influence extended beyond the racing world, as he was featured on talk shows, attended public events, and even had a beer named after him.

After retiring from racing in 2007, Funny Cide embarked on a new chapter as a breeding stallion. While his offspring did not match his own racing achievements, his legacy continued through the impact he had on the racing community. Funny Cide’s passing at the age of 23 from complications of colic marked the end of an era. However, his spirit lives on, and he will forever be remembered as one of the most beloved and iconic horses in the history of the sport.

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