Funny Cide by The Funny Cide Team with Sally Jenkins

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In 2003, he became "the people's horse," the unheralded New York-bred gelding who-in a time of war and economic jitters-inspired a nation by knocking off the champions and their multimillionaire owners and sweeping to the brink of the Triple Crown. Trained by a journeyman who had been knocking around racing for more than thirty years, ridden by a hard-luck jockey, and owned by a tiny stable founded by a band of high school buddies from Sackets Harbor, NY (pop: 1,386), who tossed in a few thousand dollars each and decided to follow their dream, Funny Cide became a blue-collar hero with a bit, his story crammed with colorful characters-only one of which happened to be a horse.

Written with Sally Jenkins, coauthor of Lance Armstrong's number-one bestseller It's Not About the Bike, Funny Cide tells the whole story-the parts we know and the parts we never suspected-as it follows the group's emotional ups and downs against overwhelming odds, illness, and even scandal, to capture the imagination of millions. It is a book for the underdog in all of us-a new American classic.

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The Funny Cide Team is owned by ten people whose jobs range from catering to construction to health care, led by managing partner Jackson Knowlton. Sally Jenkins is an award-winning journalist for the Washington Post, the co-author of two books with Lance Armstrong, It's Not About the Bike and Every Second Counts, and of bestselling books with Dean Smith, Pat Summitt, and Marla Runyon.
Published April 26, 2004 by Putnam Adult. 288 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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Nor was Funny Cide's jockey a “busted-up has-been,” but a talented rider who had seen personal and professional ups and downs, not unlike many a jockey or other human being, and who, as Jenkins admits, “won the Travers and the Belmont on Lemon Drop Kid in 1999.” (A lot fewer than 33,689 have done...

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(May) Forecast: With the ongoing popularity of Seabiscuit, in both book and film, and with a 250,000 first printing and publicity tied to this year's Kentucky Derby, Funny Cide is poised to tap into the Seabiscuit readership even if it might not reach Seabiscuit sales.

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(The principal partner in the Sackatoga circle is allergic to horses, we find.) Some of the best writing in FUNNY CIDE is about the horse's trainer, Barclay Tagg, and his lifelong struggle against pushy owners who think they know how to train a horse.

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