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Local Derby and Preakness winner helping other retired racers

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The only New York bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby is using his fame to help other retired racehorses in the area. YNN's Erin Moran has more.

SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The pride and joy of New York Thoroughbred Racing, Funny Cide's legacy began here in Saratoga.

“He's the New York horse. He's the only New York horse to win the Kentucky Derby,” said Jack Knowlton, one of the owner’s of New York Thoroughbred Racing Horse Funny Cide.

“It was like a dream come true. Who would ever think you'd have a Kentucky Derby Winner born on your farm? It's just wonderful, wonderful for us, wonderful for the fans on New York State,” said Anne McMahon, a co-owner of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds Farm.

Funny Cide was foaled on McMahon's farm in Saratoga Springs back in 2000 and the Golden Gelding went on to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2003, but failed to take the Triple Crown by losing in the Belmont.

Now five years into his retirement, Funny Cide made a stop in his hometown at the Old Friends at Cabin Creek Farm in Greenfield Center.

“Funny Cide, when he comes up from Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, comes here. This is his Saratoga home while he's here and we want to help support this wonderful organization,” said Knowlton.

The stable houses retired racehorses and runs solely on donations and volunteers. Their goal is to give retired horses a dignified and peaceful retirement.

On Tuesday, the facility held a meet and greet with Funny Cide, his owner, trainers and former jockey. All the proceeds, including an auctioned off harness, went to the facility.

“I think sometimes a lot of fans feel that every horse goes on to a beautiful farm or to a second career. But it's really not the case. It really does take planning and thought and effort to make sure your horses stay safe after they're done racing,” said JoAnn Pepper, a co-owner of the Old Friends at Cabin Creek Farm.

“We do make pets out of them when we have them, they do have personalities. So it is nice to know that they can go to a place that's so peaceful and live out their retirement years,” said McMahon.

According to Pepper, the average cost to care for a horse is $15 a day and that’s only if the horse doesn’t have any injuries.

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