05/05/2005 11:00PM

Funny Cide aiming for Pimlico Special


New York-bred horse of the year Funny Cide is scheduled to make his 2005 debut in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special on May 20.

The 5-year-old gelded son of Distorted Humor was scratched from the restricted Kings Point Handicap at Aqueduct on May 1, with trainer Barclay Tagg citing the wet track and weight spread as reasons.

Funny Cide was assigned 127 pounds for the Kings Point, which was won by Chowder's First under 116 pounds.

"He's absolutely headed for the Pimlico Special," said Jack Knowlton, the managing partner for Sackatoga Stable. "He had a nice move Monday morning at Belmont, going seven furlongs in 1:24 under jockey Julio Espinoza. Jose [Santos] was a little sore after his fall in the race before the Kings Point and Barclay wanted someone at regular jockey weight for the work."

Santos, Funny Cide's regular rider, was tossed by the filly Snitch in the seventh race at Aqueduct last Sunday, when she stumbled and fell a step or two after the start.

The 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Funny Cide has career earnings of $3,174,485, making him the all-time leader among New York-breds.

Knowlton and Tagg have planned a shorter campaign this year for Funny Cide than his 4-year-old season of 10 starts, marked by wins in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade 3 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap.

His ultimate goal this year is the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.

New York-breds sell well at OBS

With state sire Prime Timber leading the way, New York-breds exceeded the overall results at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company two-year-old training sale during April 25-28.

Prime Timber stands at Sez Who Thoroughbreds North, in Stillwater, N.Y., for a fee of $3,500, live foal.

Eighty-two New York-breds grossed $2,964,500, for an average of $36,152, topping the OBS sale average of $28,337 by 27 percent.

The New York figure was also 9 percent higher than the corresponding state average of $33,146 at the 2004 sale.

The New York results ran counter to the OBS sale, which fell by 5 percent in both gross and average when compared to its 2004 session.

Through five major Eastern juvenile auctions for 2005, the gross for 148 New York-breds sold is $9,589,500, or $601,000 more than the sum in 2004 for the same sales.

Prime Timber was represented by four juveniles in six figures at the OBS auction, including the sale-topping colt and filly at the Wednesday session.

His topper was a colt purchased Wednesday by John Amerman for $260,000. He is out of the Ogygian mare Cracker Night, who is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Amal Hayati, winner of the Nijana Stakes at Saratoga.

Third dam La Griffe, by Prince John, is the mother of millionaire Blushing John, winner of the French 2000 Guineas and the Hollywood Gold Cup.

The filly by Prime Timber that topped the Wednesday session was purchased by Ricardo Cabeza for $190,000.

She is out of Broadway Hoofer, a daughter of former New York state sire Belong to Me who is a half-sister to stakes winners Broadway's Top Gun and Broadway Chief.

Trainer Linda Rice, as agent for Invictus Farm, paid $110,000 for a Prime Timber colt whose dam, the Alwuhush mare River Princess, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Spanish Decree.

Prime Timber's fourth six-figure juvenile was a colt bought for $100,000 by Hal Earnhardt. His second dam, the stakes-winning Sharp Little Girl, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Girl Powder.

Bloodstock agent Joe Brocklebank went to $125,000 to acquire a New York-bred son of Cape Canaveral on behalf of Rice.

Her name is Compassionate Lady and she is a half-sister to stakes-placed runner Acceptable Venture and allowance winner Iolite, both New York-breds.

A New York-bred filly named Strong Presence was purchased for $95,000 by trainer Allen Iwinski for Preferred Pals Stable.

By New York sire Freud, she is a half-sister to New York-bred Sort It Out, winner of the open Whirlaway Stakes and second in the Grade 2 Coolmore Lexington Stakes for Preferred Pals.

Jeff Tucker spent $75,000 for a New York-bred son of Tomorrows Cat named Senor Baker, whose family includes National Flag, winner of the Grade 3 Swift Stakes, and Bold Mein, a stakes-winning New York-bred. Tomorrows Cat stands at Metropolitan Stud, in Pine Plains, for a fee of $7,500 live foal.