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Jul 01, 2005

Funny Cide in Suburban with Bailey


Elmont, NY (Sports Network) - Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes

 winner Funny Cide will face seven rivals in Saturday's $500,000 Suburban Handicap

 at Belmont Park. The 1 1/4 mile race will mark Jerry Bailey's first ride aboard the

 five-year-old gelding.

Funny Cide finished out of the money in his two starts this year, including a fifth-place

finish in the Brooklyn Handicap, prompting his connections to make the jockey change

 from Jose Santos.

Bailey won the Suburban last year with Peace Rules and previously captured this

event in 1984 with Fit To Fight.

Funny Cide, trained by Barclay Tagg for Sackatoga Stable, is 5-1 in the morning line

 and will start from post five. He faded to third in last year's Suburban and has

career earnings of $3.2 million.

Four-year-old Pollard's Vision is probably the most consistent runner of those entered

 in the Suburban Handicap. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Pollard's Vision has won six

 of 21 lifetime starts for $1.3 million. Most recently he was second in the Pimlico

Special to the now-retired Eddington. Pollard's Vision will ridden by John Velazquez

and break from post three.

The complete field for the Suburban Handicap in post position order is

Record Buster, Runaway Russy, Pollard's Vision, Offlee Wild, Funny Cide, Evening Attire,

 Tap Day and Sir Shackleton.

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