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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Review: Funny Cide: How a Horse, a Trainer, a Jockey, and a Bunch of High School Buddies Took on the Sheiks and Bluebloods...and Won

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This was an enjoyable read. If you liked Seabiscut you'll like Funny Cide. They are very similar tales but 70 years apart. The big difference is the owners, Funny Cide's owners were a conglomeration ... Read full review

Review: Funny Cide: How a Horse, a Trainer, a Jockey, and a Bunch of High School Buddies Took on the Sheiks and Bluebloods...and Won

User Review  - Aran Wagner - Goodreads

This was an enjoyable read. If you liked Seabiscut you'll like Funny Cide. They are very similar tales but 70 years apart. The big difference is the owners, Funny Cide's owners were a conglomeration ... Read full review

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Contents

Pinhookers and Handicappers
137
The Trainer
198
The Horsewoman
261
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

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

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