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Cide Swiped: No Crown For 'Funny'
Belmont Stakes
Funny Cide (far right) finished third behind Empire Maker.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide fell short of becoming horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner on Saturday, succumbing to Empire Maker in the 135th Belmont Stakes. The victory was the first in a Triple Crown race for trainer Bobby Frankel and the second Belmont win for jockey Jerry Bailey.
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    Haskell next for Funny Cide
    Funny Cide will race next in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 3, almost two months after failing to win the Triple Crown.
    McNamara: More gained than lost
    Time to forget the back stories, because only raw emotion and the quest for immortality mattered when the gates opened and Funny Cide tried to make history.
    Funny Cide still a winner in Sackets Harbor
    Even though the chestnut gelding didn't win the Triple Crown, this is a one-horse town for sure.
    Cronley: Blind Cided at the Belmont
    Jay's more than a little disappointed with Funny Cide's performance in Belmont 135.
    Race announcer plans to keep it simple
    For weeks, Tom Durkin has been writing phrases on index cards and speaking them into a tape recorder, trying to find the words that will capture the drama of the Belmont Stakes.
    Funny Cide tries for the home fans
    The New York-bred gelding will try to become the 12th Triple Crown winner Saturday afternoon before a hometown crowd at Belmont Park.
    Funny Cide's burden is to revive racing
    Funny Cide has more than Jose Santos riding on his back in the Belmont Stakes.
    Finley: Dynever the missing piece of the puzzle?
    Handicapping is relatively easy when a race pits known commodities, horses like Funny Cide and Empire Maker. But Saturday's race actually presents a fascinating handicapping puzzle -- Dynever.
    Funny Cide, a gelding, still feels the love
    Whether or not he wins the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, Funny Cide already has captured the imagination of the racing world.
    Best Minister out of Belmont
    Best Minister, winner of the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico in his last start, was withdrawn from consideration for the Belmont Stakes Wednesday morning.
    McNamara: Belmont analysis
    Eddie Mac gives you his view on the field for this Saturday's $1 million Belmont Stakes.
    1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo dead
    Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye rode Sunny's Halo to a two-length victory in the 1983 Kentucky Derby, making him and 1964 champion Northern Dancer the only Canadian-breds to win the race.
    Santos makes a long ride to the cusp of history
    The jockey who began riding as a boy in Chile, is aboard Funny Cide and on the brink of giving racing its first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
    Finley: Funny Cide blazes in workout
    Fast workouts are most often an indication of sharpness and that a horse is thriving, amazing considering what Funny Cide has already done over the last month.
    McNamara: Can 'Empire' strike back?
    Eddie Mac thinks trainer Bobby Frankel, jockey Jerry Bailey and beaten Derby favorite Empire Maker can spoil Funny Cide's chance at a Triple Crown.
    Wild and Wicked won't run in Belmont
    Wild and Wicked will skip the third leg of the Triple Crown on June 7 and prepare for the $300,000 Ohio Derby on June 21 at Thistledown, trainer Ken McPeek said Saturday
    Empire Maker, Dynever have final Belmont works
    Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker and Lone Star Derby winner Dynever completed their preparations for next Saturday's Belmont Stakes by putting in workouts Saturday morning over a fast Belmont Park main track.
    A lifetime of Triple Crowns
    Famed television announcer Jack Whitaker began following horse racing in 1935, the year Omaha became only the third Triple Crown winner.
    Triple Crown form? Funny Cide sharp in workout
    Funny Cide turned in a sharp workout Wednesday morning over a muddy track at Belmont Park.


    Kentucky Derby
    May 7, 2005
    Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.
    1 1/4 miles
    1:59 2/5
    Secretariat, 1973
    $2 Million

    Preakness Stakes
    May 21, 2005
    Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.
    1 3/16 miles
    1:53 2/5
    Tank's Prospect, 1985
    Louis Quatorze, 1996
    $1 Million
    Afleet Alex

    Belmont Stakes
    June 11, 2005
    Belmont Park
    Elmont, N.Y.
    1 1/2 miles
    Secretariat, 1973
    $1 Million
    Afleet Alex