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Funny Cide (born April 20, 2000) is a Thoroughbred race horse who won the Kentucky     
Derby in 2003. He is the first New York-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby and       
the first gelding to win it since 1929 (when Clyde van Dusen took home the roses).     
Bred at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, he       
was foaled at the McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbred Farm, owned by Joe and Anne         
McMahon in the upstate New York town of Saratoga Springs. By Distorted Humor (a       
Mr. Prospector line sire), he is out of the winning, but short-lived, Belle's         
Good Cide by Slewacide by Seattle Slew.                                               
Joe and Anne McMahon own the farm where Funny Cide was foaled.                         
Funny Cide was a member of one of Distorted Humor's first American crops when         
his stud fee was $10,000. (Distorted Humor's fee for the year 2008 is now $300,000     
for a live foal.)                                                                     
Twelve days premature and arriving around 10:30 pm, he was the third foal born         
in the McMahon barn. Anne McMahon said, "We see so many foals now, it's hard to       
remember them all. But I remember Funny Cide. He came out proud. He arched his         
neck as soon as he could stand."                                                       
Funny Cide was originally purchased in August of 2001 at the Fasig-Tipton             
Saratoga preferred yearling auction in Saratoga Springs for $22,000 by Tony           
Everard. With the average sale of a yearling running about $43,000, Everard saw       
the colt as a bargain, a horse he could train at his New Episode Training Center       
in Ocala, Florida, for a fast financial turnaround. As Everard said, "He was a         
little bit on the immature side but he had a good frame and a big, deep girth.         
He was also a ridgling (meaning one testicle had not descended), and they             
usually sell cheaper." From the start, Everard and his wife, Elizabeth — it was     
she who took Funny Cide under her wing — saw something special in the horse. So     
soon as he was gelded ("Best," said Everard, "to do this early. The undescended       
testicle hurts them, and they don't learn as they should."), Funny Cide's             
ability quickly progressed.