Saturday, May 17, 2003

Funny Cide wins Preakness by nearly 10 lengths

"... It was the second remarkable win in a row for the New York-bred chestnut gelding, journeyman trainer Barclay Tagg and an ownership group of high school pals who kicked in $5,000 apiece to start Sackatoga Stable. The win may have been sweetest of all for jockey Jose Santos. It came just five days after he was cleared by Churchill Downs stewards investigating a photograph and a news report that raised the question of whether he carried something other than his whip as he crossed the finish line at the Kentucky Derby ... His powerful finish was something to behold: He won by 9 3/4 lengths-- 1/4 length shy of Survivor's 10-length victory in the first Preakness in 1873. The win moved Funny Cide to the brink of racing immortality-- on June 7 he will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown champion and first since Affirmed in 1978 ... " >>Full story...

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