A memorial service for the late dual Classic winner Funny Cide (Distorted Humor) was held at the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 8, where the 'gutsy gelding' lived out his retirement at the Hall of Champions on the grounds.
During the event, attended by fans of the New York-bred as well as Sackatoga Stable's Jack Knowlton, officials at the Horse Park announced that a statue of Funny Cide would be added to the Memorial Walk of Champions.
“Funny Cide was a true champion,” said Lee Carter, Kentucky Horse Park President. “Adding this statue allows us to continue to share the story about the Gutsy Gelding with future generations.”
Added Knowlton: “We are on to the next chapter. We're going to work to have a statue that will be fitting for him.”
A celebration of Funny Cide's life, the Funny Cide Send-Off, was held at Siros Restaurant in Saratoga Springs Aug. 16. The event featured retired racecaller Tom Durkin, trainer Barclay Tagg, assistant trainer Robin Smullen, and Hall of Fame Jockey Jose Santos. The event raised $12,500, which marks the lead contribution towards the statue.
Anyone wishing to donate to the memorial statue through the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation may do so here.