Updated on 09/17/2011 12:52PM

Funny Cide done for the year


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Funny Cide, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, will remain in light training, but will not run again this year, trainer Barclay Tagg confirmed Thursday.

Tagg said Funny Cide will be shipped to south Florida at the end of November or early December and be pointed to a 4-year-old campaign that will likely begin at Gulfstream Park.

"I'm not going to run him again this year, I'm going to take him to Gulfstream and plan everything out when I get there," Tagg said outside his Belmont barn.

Actually, Tagg will be taking Funny Cide to Boynton Beach and the Palm Meadows training facility, where he was stabled last winter. Palm Meadows is scheduled to open on Nov. 29.

Tagg mentioned the $500,000 Donn Handicap on Feb. 7 as an early-season goal for Funny Cide, who ran once at Gulfstream this year, finishing fifth in the Holy Bull when he drew the outside post in a 13-horse field.

"I'd like to go in the Hal's Hope too," Tagg said referring to a $100,000 race run on opening day, Jan. 3, "but I don't know if I'll have him ready. I'd like to freshen him."

Tagg said Funny Cide came out of his ninth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic in good order.

"He looks happy; he looks good," Tagg said. "I thought he looked a picture at the Breeders' Cup and so did other people. I don't think it hurt him any. I thought he'd run his normal race anyway. He didn't and I don't know why."

Funny Cide returned to the track recently, and on Thursday he cantered once the wrong way on the Belmont main track.

"I'm not a big believer in stopping on horses unless they're crippled," Tagg said.

The only race left this year for Funny Cide is for 3-year-old champion. His supporters will argue Funny Cide won two-thirds of the Triple Crown and was one of just two horses to compete in all three races. His detractors will note that Empire Maker beat Funny Cide in two of three meetings, including the Belmont Stakes and Wood Memorial.

Peeping Tom eyes HolidayFest

Peeping Tom returned to form last weekend at The Meadowlands, rallying powerfully from off the pace to win an allowance race by a nose over Wacky for Love. He covered six furlongs in a very sharp 1:08.98. The race sets him up perfectly for either the Grade 3, $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap here on Thanksgiving Day or the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile two days later.

Peeping Tom finished second in the 2000 Cigar Mile. Trainer Pat Reynolds is leaning toward running in the Fall Highweight.

"We're leaning toward the easier race and it looks like the Fall Highweight is the easier race," said Reynolds, noting that Congaree and Midas Eyes are being considered for the Cigar Mile. "We'd love to win a Grade 1, but Congaree, when he's right, I don't think there's a better Aqueduct horse in the whole world."

Reynolds was ecstatic to see Peeping Tom run the way he did at The Meadowlands, considering he was coming off a last-place finish in the Vosburgh on Sept. 27.

"It was a confidence-builder after a dismal effort," Reynolds said. "We were looking for something to get back in form."

Hills runs two on Saturday

Trainer Tim Hills has eight horses stabled in New York, and two of his better ones are running Saturday at Aqueduct.

Hills will start Lojo in the $100,000 Athenia Handicap on turf and Paris Adventure in a second-level dirt allowance on Saturday. Both horses warrant long looks.

Lojo, a 4-year-old daughter of Rubiano, has won two of her three starts since getting a brief freshening, including a victory in the England's Legend Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 22. Though the worst race of her career came on yielding turf at Aqueduct last fall, Lojo's connections don't necessarily believe it was the surface that produced the effort.

"She was getting to the end of a long year," said Bruce Brown, the New York assistant for Hills.

Brown believes being able to train Lojo daily on the turf at Saratoga this summer was a key to her recent success. "She really doesn't like the dirt at all," he said. "There you can keep her off the dirt the whole time."

In the race before the Athenia, Brown will saddle Paris Adventure in a second-level allowance race at seven furlongs. Paris Adventure is coming off a fast-closing third place finish in the Bob Harding Stakes at Delaware Park on Oct. 4 and has been working well over the Belmont training track.

Krone to return - for a day

Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, who was based in New York for most of the 1990's, is scheduled to ride her first race here since coming out of retirement a year ago, in next Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Long Island Handicap.

Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor Stables, has retained Krone to ride Banyu Dewi in the Long Island, a 1 1/2-mile turf race. Banyu Dewi, a 4-year-old German-bred filly, is 1 for 3 since returning from a 20-month layoff. She won a second-level allowance race at Saratoga in August and is coming off a nose loss to Love n' Kiss S. in a classified allowance race at Belmont on Oct. 1.

* Kid Carrots, the morning-line favorite for Thursday's fourth race, was ordered scratched by the stewards after an assistant to trainer George Weaver was found with a dose syringe in his hand. State steward Carmine Donofrio said it was uncertain what, if anything, was in the syringe, and that the horse was ordered scratched as a precaution.