LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The 129th winner of the Kentucky Derby has died.
According to the Kentucky Horse Park, the champion racehorse, Funny Cide, died on Sunday from colic complications. In 2003, Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Fans remember the thrilling race when “The Gutsy Gelding” brought home the roses, the Kentucky Horse Park said. Funny Cide, who set off with odds of nearly 3-1, defeated the favorite, Empire Marker. According to the Kentucky Horse Park, when he crossed the finish line, he became his trainer’s first Kentucky Derby Winner, the first New York-bred horse in history to win, and the first gelding to win the derby in 74 years.
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His jockey, Jose Santos, needed a lucky run. Santos was sitting at 0 and 6 in the running for the roses. He remembers the race clearly, according to the Kentucky Horse Park.
“I’ve been riding for 27 years, and this is the best horse I’ve ever ridden in my life,” Santos said.
In the span of his racing career, Funny Cide was named the New York Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old and brought home over $3 million in winnings, according to the Kentucky Horse Park.
Since retiring in 2008, the racehorse spent his retirement grazing greener pastures at the Kentucky Horse Park.
“He will be greatly missed by his friends at the Kentucky Horse Park, Sackatoga Stable, and all his devoted fans,” the Kentucky Horse Park posted to Facebook.
A formal obituary will be issued by the Kentucky Horse Park at a later time.