Thursday, May 15, 2003

Funny Cide draws gate No. 9 in Preakness

The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Peace Rules has beaten Funny Cide twice before, and jockey Edgar Prado says there's no reason why his colt can't do it again in the Preakness.

  Preakness field, from the rail out:
• Cherokee's Boy (Ryan
Fogelsonger, 15-1)
• Scrimshaw (G. Stevens, 5-1)
• Foufa's Warrior (Ramon
Dominguez, 20-1)
• Kissin Saint (Richard
Migliore, 20-1)
• Ten Cents a Shine (Jerry
Bailey, 15-1)
• Midway Road (Robby
Albarado, 20-1)
• Peace Rules (Edgar Prado, 8-5)
• New York Hero (Jorge
Chavez, 20-1)
• Funny Cide (Jose Santos, 7-5)
• Senor Swinger (Pat Day, 5-1).
"Now we'll see who wins the next race," said Prado, who had Peace Rules on the lead at Churchill Downs before the horse tired and finished third.

If Funny Cide wins Saturday's 1 3/16th-mile Preakness, then it's on to the Belmont Stakes in three weeks with a shot at becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. If Peace Rules - or any of the other eight 3-year-olds entered Wednesday - prevails, then the Belmont will be out of a Triple try for just the third time in the last seven years.

Funny Cide, with Jose Santos aboard, was made the 7-5 morning-line favorite Wednesday and will leave from the No. 9 post position in the 10-horse field. Peace Rules was the second choice at 8-5 and breaks from the No. 7 gate.

Senor Swinger and Scrimshaw, coupled in the betting since Bob and Beverly Lewis own both colts, were 5-1. The odd coupling pairs rival trainers Bob Baffert (Senor Swinger) and D. Wayne Lukas (Scrimshaw).

The rest of the field was 10-1 or higher.

Mention "Triple Crown" around Funny Cide's barn and the reaction from Tagg and assistant trainer Robin Smuller is the same.

"All we're concerned about is trying to win the Preakness," Tagg said.

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