Saratoga Gaming and Raceway
(518) 584-2110 ext. 5730
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (June 5, 2007) -- Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack and Sackatoga Stable have announced that Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, is set to run in the 32nd running of the $100,000 Wadsworth Memorial Handicap at Finger Lakes on Wednesday, July 4.
Funny Cide, whose 2003 Kentucky Derby win marked the first New York-bred horse to capture the 'Run for the Roses,' will have the distinction of being the first Triple Crown race winning horse to compete at Finger Lakes in the track's 46-year history.
"We are extremely excited to be able to have Funny Cide appear at Finger Lakes and provide local fans with the very rare opportunity to not only see a Kentucky Derby winner in action, but arguably one of the all-time most popular winners of that race," said Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack President and General Manager, Chris Riegle.
Sackatoga Stable, the ownership group of Funny Cide, is comprised largely of members from Sackets Harbor in northern New York, just a few hours from Finger Lakes. Jack Knowlton, Managing Partner of Sackatoga Stable said, "Sackatoga Stable is thrilled to have the opportunity to run Funny Cide at Finger Lakes and give his many friends and fans so close to home in upstate New York this opportunity to see him run in person."
The purse of the Wadsworth was pushed from $50,000 to $100,000 to facilitate the appearance of the 7-year-old who was termed the 'gutsy gelding' during his famous Kentucky Derby stretch run. "We would like to thank the management and horsemen at Finger Lakes for helping to make this opportunity possible. We're looking forward to a great event," added Knowlton.
In conjunction with Funny Cide's appearance, Sackatoga Stable will display the trophies from Funny Cide's Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and 2004 Jockey Club Gold Cup victories. Members of Sackatoga Stable will also be available for meet and greet sessions with fans and Funny Cide buttons will be given out to the first 2,000 racing fans.
Sackatoga Stable is also teaming up with Finger Lakes to raise funds for the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program (FLTAP), which assists in placing former Finger Lakes race horses in homes after their racing careers have ended. Profits from any Funny Cide merchandise sold on July 4 will benefit FLTAP. Collectible posters commemorating Funny Cide's visit to Finger Lakes that can be autographed by members of Sackatoga Stable will also be available for a suggested donation to FLTAP.
Funny Cide's appearance at Finger Lakes will add to festivities already planned as part of 'Family Day at the Races' on July 4 which includes live music, activities for children including clowns and magic, and an outdoor chicken barbecue. Post time for the first race on July 4 will be 1:10 p.m., with the Wadsworth Memorial Handicap being held later in the day. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. Live coverage of the race will be available on WYSL 1040AM and on http://www.wysl1040.com.
About Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack
Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack features live and simulcast thoroughbred racing, several dining venues, and nearly 1,200 video gaming machines. Originally established in 1962, FLGR has hosted over 60,000 thoroughbred races and is now in its 46th season showcasing the 'Sport of Kings'. The gaming floor added in 2004 has helped attract over 1.5 million visitors annually since its debut. Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack is open daily from 10a.m. - 2 a.m.
About Funny Cide
First and only New York-bred horse to ever win the Kentucky Derby. Over 37 career starts, Funny Cide has 10 victories, including five graded stakes, six seconds, eight thirds and earnings of nearly $3.5 million. In his last race, he finished third in the Wagon Limit Stakes at Belmont Park on May 18.
About Sackatoga Stable
Sackatoga Stable was conceived on Memorial Day Weekend in 1995 in Sackets Harbor, New York when six high school friends talked about joining together in thoroughbred racehorse ownership. The name combines Sackets Harbor with Saratoga Springs, New York. Their stable colors are that of the Sackets Harbor Central School Patriots. In 2004, working with writer Sally Jenkins, they published the book Funny Cide: How a Horse, a Trainer, a Jockey, and a Bunch of High School Buddies Took on the Sheiks and Bluebloods ... and Won.
About Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program
FLTAP was formed in 2004 as the result of a joint effort between Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack and the Finger Lakes Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association (HBPA). Base funding is supplied by both organizations, an industry first. Its mission is to assist in the placement of former Finger Lakes race horses with equine adoption agencies or approved private individuals, giving these horses a second chance at productive lives. During the summer of 2007, a stand alone adoption facility will be built on the grounds of Finger Lakes, making it the first thoroughbred adoption facility to be built on the grounds of a racetrack.