New York-bred Legacies in the Belmont Stakes

Tomorrow at Belmont Park, graded stakes step aside to make way for a day of New York-bred racing. Seven stakes races offering combined purses of $850,000 will be headlined by the first running of the $150,000 Commentator, named in honor of the New York-bred who won the Whitney Handicap in 2005 and 2008.

In 2003, Funny Cide did his home state proud when he became the first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby, going on to win the Preakness before finishing third in the Belmont Stakes. He got his start in New York-bred stakes races at Belmont, winning the Bertram F. Bongard and Sleepy Hollow Stakes in the fall of 2002 before jumping to open company in the Holy Bull that winter.

Had Funny Cide prevailed in the Belmont Stakes, he would have been the first New York-bred Triple Crown winner…but not the first state-bred winner of the Belmont.

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