Funny Cide's improbable run at the Triple Crown ended Saturday when Empire Maker came splashing through the mud around the far turn and won the Belmont Stakes.
Funny Cide's defeat left racing still longing for its first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Despite a steady rain, Funny Cide drew a large crowd who hoped to witness history. Instead, the New York-bred gelding became the fifth Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner in the past seven years to come up short in the Belmont.
This time Empire Maker turned the tables on Funny Cide, who upset trainer Bobby Frankel's colt in the Kentucky Derby. The colt ran up alongside Funny Cide with three eighths of a mile to go and jockey Jerry Bailey cruised home in the slop and held off closer Ten Most Wanted.
Funny Cide, sent right to the lead at the start by jockey Jose Santos, finished third. The first gelding to challenge for the Triple Crown never seemed to handle the sloppy surface.