Back home, Funny Cide running fever

Trainer doesn't know if he'll run in Travers

August 05, 2003|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Funny Cide returned to Saratoga Race Course yesterday with a fever after his third-place finish in the Haskell Invitational Handicap, said trainer Barclay Tagg.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner turned in an unusual, lethargic performance Saturday in the Haskell at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. He arrived back at his Saratoga barn about 12:30 a.m. yesterday.

"He's got a fever, and he's tired," Tagg said.

He said the gelding's temperature was 102 degrees. Normal fluctuates between 99 degrees and 101 degrees.

"Usually they're 99 in the morning, and 101 late in the afternoon," Tagg said.

He said he didn't know whether Funny Cide would be able to run in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 23 at Saratoga.

Peace Rules, winner of the Haskell, will race next Aug. 24 in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, said his trainer, Bobby Frankel. He said he continues to learn about Empire Maker, headed to the Travers after falling farther behind than usual and finishing second Saturday in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga.

"I think he wants to be in a fight all the way," Frankel said. "I think in all his races he runs better when he's right there."

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