Updated on 09/17/2011 10:30AM

Funny Cide a true outsider

Senor Swinger (above) will be coupled with Scrimshaw in Preakness wagering.

BALTIMORE - Born in New York, gelded before he ran, and overlooked at 12-1 when winning the Kentucky Derby, Funny Cide always has been on the outside looking in. And that's just where he will be in the 128th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course Saturday, when he starts from post 9 in search of the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Funny Cide landed post 9 when 10 3-year-olds were entered Wednesday for Saturday's Preakness. Peace Rules, who finished third behind Funny Cide in the Derby and is Funny Cide's primary rival this time, will break from post 7.

Funny Cide could have ended up with the outside post, because he had the last selection at the post position draw, but trainer Bob Baffert surprisingly took post 10 for Senor Swinger with the third pick.

The draw was done in a similar two-step process to the Derby. Wednesday morning, a random draw was held to determine the order of selection. Then, Wednesday night from 5-6 p.m. at the ESPN Zone in this city's Inner Harbor area, a representative for each horse picked his runner's post.

Jack Knowlton, who heads the Sackatoga Stable syndicate which owns Funny Cide, admitted an outside post was "not what you'd wish for."

"We were very fortunate to have the second pick in the Derby," Knowlton said after the morning's random draw. "We'd like to be something other than 10. But we can live with the last pick here better than if we'd have had the last pick in the Derby." The Derby had 16 runners, and Funny Cide started from post 5.

Funny Cide is one of just four horses in the Preakness who ran two weeks ago in the Derby. The others are Peace Rules, Scrimshaw, and Ten Cents a Shine. The six newcomers to the Triple Crown are Cherokee's Boy, Foufa's Warrior, Kissin Saint, Midway Road, New York Hero, and Senor Swinger. Each runner carries 126 pounds.

Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form national handicapper, has made Funny Cide the 7-5 favorite, with Peace Rules next at 9-5.

There will be nine betting interests in the Preakness. Scrimshaw, the Coolmore Lexington Stakes winner who is trained by D. Wayne Lukas, and Senor Swinger, who won the Crown Royal American Turf, will be coupled in the wagering because both colts are owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis.

The Preakness field was reduced by one Wednesday morning because of the defection of Champali, who most recently finished second in the Derby Trial Stakes. Champali suffered from a bout of colic Tuesday, according to trainer Greg Foley, so he was not put on a plane Wednesday morning that brought Preakness runners Scrimshaw, Senor Swinger, and Ten Cents a Shine from Kentucky.

"About 10:30 yesterday morning, he got to pawing the ground and acting funny," Foley said Wednesday from Churchill Downs, where he is based. "He was rolling in his stall. You could tell he had a belly ache. We gave him some Banamine, and he was fine, but a couple of hours later he started again. We dealt with it all day. He didn't start coming out of it until 8:30 or 9 last night. I think we're out of the woods on him now. Thank goodness he came out of it on his own and we didn't have to do any surgery."

Jerry Bailey was scheduled to ride Champali, but he was able to get on Ten Cents a Shine, bumping Patrick Valenzuela.

Ken Ramsey, who owns Ten Cents a Shine with his wife, Sarah, said he made the switch to Bailey because "when the greatest jockey in the world suddenly and unexpectedly comes available, you've got to get him."

The Preakness has a gross purse of $1 million, with $650,000 going to the winner. The race will be shown live on NBC-Sports, in a 90-minute telecast beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern. Post time for the Preakness is 6:12 p.m. It is the 12th race on a 13-race card at Pimlico that begins at 10:30 a.m.

There could be an off track for the Preakness. The National Weather Service predicted rain beginning Thursday and continuing into Friday, with as much as a half an inch of precipitation forecast. Saturday is supposed to be cloudy, with a high of 64 degrees.

The Preakness, at 1 3/16 miles, is the shortest of the Triple Crown races, but to consider it a sprint is a gross error in judgment. It is a mere 110 yards shorter than the Derby, and is farther than major 1 1/8-mile preps for the Kentucky Derby like the Santa Anita Derby, Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, and Wood Memorial.

Funny Cide and Peace Rules appear to have a distinct advantage. Not only are they the most accomplished horses in the field, but they should be on or near what figures to be a moderate early pace, most likely no faster than what both faced two weeks ago in the Derby.

But Lukas, the trainer of Scrimshaw, and Gary Capuano, the trainer of Cherokee's Boy, suggested their horses could prompt the early pace after leaving from their inside posts. Lukas said one of the reasons he chose post 2 was to deny a horse of the quality of Peace Rules a chance to get such a prime post.

Funny Cide will be among the last of the Preakness runners to arrive at Pimlico. He is scheduled to leave his base at Belmont Park either late Friday night or early Saturday morning, which would put his arrival at Pimlico no later than 9 o'clock the morning of the race.

Funny Cide merely walked at the Belmont barn of trainer Barclay Tagg Wednesday, the day after his lone workout between the Derby and Preakness. Tagg said Funny Cide would jog Thursday, then jog and canter Friday.

Cherokee's Boy and Foufa's Warrior, both of whom are based in Maryland, also will be sent by van to Pimlico the morning of the race.

Kissin Saint, New York Hero, and Peace Rules all were scheduled to be sent by van from New York Thursday.

- additional reporting by David Grening