Funny Cide

  • by The Funny Cide Team, Sally Jenkins
  • Narrated by Jamey Sheridan
  • 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They had no business being there. They were up against million-dollar horses owned by patricians, oilmen, Arab sheiks, and Hollywood producers. They were 10 regular guys, and all they wanted was to win a race. Instead, they won the hearts of America. In 2003, a three-year-old with the unlikely name of Funny Cide 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 millionaire owners and sweeping to the brink of the Triple Crown. Trained by a journeyman who'd spent over 30 years looking for "the one", ridden by a jockey fighting to come back after years of injuries and hard knocks, and owned by a band of high school buddies from Sackets Harbor, N.Y., Funny Cide became a hero and media sensation. Now, Sally Jenkins, award-winning co-author of Lance Armstrong's #1 best seller It's Not About the Bike, tells the inside story of the Funny Cide team's ups and downs against overwhelming odds, illness, and even scandal, to capture the imagination of millions. It's a new American classic for the underdog in all of us.


What the Critics Say

"A classic long-odds story that is hard to resist. Funny Cide captures this spirit well making it an enjoyable read from start to finish." (
"A sprightly and entertaining tale of a lovable winner from nowhere." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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horse racing fan

i loved this, it gives such a good insight into the racing world. gives acurate facts and statistics of racing. i personally think the book goes a little overboard on the background of the people... cuz there are 10 of them. but i guess it's essential to the story. i agree with the post above if you like seabiscuit, you'll like this one. and the narrator is pretty good too.
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- Frank

Good book!

This is a heartwarming story about an underdog racehorse. The author thankfully stays away from much of the history of the owners (other than to introduce you to them), & concentrates on those who deal with the horse day to day.
The story is about his training, races up to the Triple Crown. It ends there, which is why I only gave it 4 stars. I wish the book would have talked about what is still going on with the horse now. Readers of Seabiscuit will like this book.
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- Phil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2006
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio