Because of the interest in Funny Cide and his attempt to become the first gelding to win the Triple Crown, The Jockey Club has compiled the following fact sheet, with racing information supplied by Equibase Company. Because gelding reports are not always filed with The Jockey Club, 2002 gelding performance data should be considered minimum figures. It is also interesting to note that geldings were barred from competing in the Belmont Stakes from 1919 through 1956.
Earlier this week, trainer Barclay Tagg commented that he believes Funny Cide's status as a gelding will help him survive the rigors of the Triple Crown. "I have a feeling that when you castrate horses, they don't quite get that heavy growth up front," the trainer said. "Their front end is usually 65 percent of their weight and then you put a jockey on and there's a lot of pounding on their front legs. Castrating a horse tends to distribute the weight a little bit more. I think that helps with the soundness. I've found that geldings tend to stay sounder longer."
For more information on why horses are gelded and the process, check here. For an interesting article on why Funny Cide was gelded, check here
1. John Henry $6,597,947 2. Best Pal $5,668,245 3. Jim and Tonic (FR) $4,975,807 4. Caller One $3,184,500 5. General Challenge $2,876,018 6. Rough Habit (NZ) $2,861,579 7. Budroyale $2,840,810 8. Buck’s Boy $2,750,148 9. With Anticipation $2,654,563 10. Dramatic Gold $2,567,630 11. Sir Bear $2,538,422 12. Quiet Resolve $2,346,768 13. Kona Gold $2,289,384 14. Affirmed Success $2,285,315 15. Sarafan $2,252,412 16. Val’s Prince $2,118,785 17. Itsallgreektome $1,994,618 18. Kelso $1,977,896 19. Ladies Din $1,966,754 20. Guided Tour $1,964,253 21. Little Bold John $1,956,406 22. Forego $1,938,957 23. Da Hoss $1,931,558 24. Funny Cide $1,889,385 25. Big Jag $1,800,329
Geldings won 15.6% of Graded Stakes
Number of geldings that won North American Graded Stakes in 2002: 60
Total North American Graded Stakes won by geldings in 2002: 79
Total North American Graded Stakes in 2002: 508
Geldings won 14.3% of Grade 1 Stakes
Total North American Grade 1 Stakes won by geldings in 2002: 15
Total North American Grade 1 Stakes in 2002: 105
12 Geldings Won Grade 1 Stakes:
Affirmed Success (Carter Handicap)
Bonapaw (Vosburgh Stakes)
Debonair Joe (Malibu Stakes)
Evening Attire (The Jockey Club Gold Cup)
Gygistar (King’s Bishop Stakes)
Kudos (Oaklawn Handicap)
Ladies Din (Shoemaker Breeders’ Cup Mile Stakes)
Ringaskiddy (San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap)
Sarafan (Eddie Read Handicap)
Sky Jack (Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes)
The Tin Man (Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Stakes)
With Anticipation (Man o’ War Stakes; Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap; United Nations Handicap)
Geldings won 23.1% of total available purse money
Total North American purse money available in 2002: $1,223,373,365
Total North American purse money won by geldings in 2002: $282,061,475
Geldings comprised 25.8% of total starters
Of the 72,825 individual Thoroughbred starters in North America in 2002, 18,796 were reported to The Jockey Club as geldings.
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