Funny Cide: How a Horse, a Trainer, a Jockey, and a Bunch of High School Buddies Took on the Sheiks and Blue Bloods--and Won

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Thorndike Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 437 pages
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In 2003, he became "the people's horse," the unheralded New York-bred gelding who--in a time of war and economic jitters--inspired a nation by knocking off the champions and their multimillionaire owners and sweeping to the brink of the Triple Crown. Trained by a journeyman who had been knocking around racing for more than thirty years, ridden by a hard-luck jockey, and owned by a tiny stable founded by a band of high school buddies from Sackets Harbor, NY (pop: 1,386), who tossed in a few thousand dollars each and decided to follow their dream, Funny Cide became a blue-collar hero with a bit, his story crammed with colorful characters--only one of which happened to be a horse. Written with Sally Jenkins, coauthor of Lance Armstrong's number-one bestseller It's Not About the Bike, Funny Cide tells the whole story--the parts we know and the parts we never suspected--as it follows the group's emotional ups and downs against overwhelming odds, illness, and even scandal, to capture the imagination of millions. It is a book for the underdog in all of us--a new American classic. Sackatoga Stable is owned by ten people, led by managing partner Jackson Knowlton, whose jobs range from catering to construction to health care. Unlike with Funny Cide's million-dollar brethren, who make a quick killing and then get retired to stud, they plan to race their horse for all his fans to see as long as he is healthy and happy--conceivably for years to come.

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The underrated Funny Cide was the surprise contender for horse racing's 2003 Triple Crown. Also surprising was the group that owned, trained, and rode the three-year-old horse: high school friends ... Read full review

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Loved that the beer-drinking common folk and gelding horse triumphed! What's not to like about that kind of story. Read full review

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Sally Jenkins, is an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post

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