No Joke: Funny Guy Gets 101 Beyer Speed Figure With Commentator Win

Trainer John Terranova said he was delighted with the performance of Funny Guy, who captured Friday’s one-turn mile Commentator at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., off a nine-month layoff, where he garnered a 101 Beyer Speed Figure.

Owned by R. A. Hill Stable, Gatsas Stable and Swick Stable, Funny Guy had not raced since finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby on September 29 at Remington Park, which was his lone start against open company. He collected his third career stakes win in the Commentator after taking the Albany at Saratoga and the Times Square division of the New York Stallion Stakes Series last April at Aqueduct during his 3-year-old campaign.

Terranova left all options open for the 4-year-old son of Big Brown, including a start against open company.

“We’ll see as we go down the road into the summer what the schedule will be like,” Terranova said. “He’s a really nice colt that we’ve liked all along since we’ve got him. He’s progressed beautifully over the course of time. I’m just happy to see him back and happy that people have had the patience to wait things out and just stay the course. I’m grateful that he’s a sound and happy horse.”

Terranova said Funny Guy has been ready to run for quite a while, but was not concerned about the long layoff.

“He’s pretty smart. He’s kind of unique in that way. He’s one of those smart colts that just knows what’s up, That’s just the impression he gives you,” Terranova said. “We loved him all along. We were coming off a bit of a break and we weren’t planning on being gone that long, nobody was.

“He had been ready for a while,” added Terranova. “It looked pretty competitive for a New York-bred stake, and he was going up against older horses. It was a great performance, Joel [Rosario] gave a great ride and we were expecting a big performance out of him, how big was the question.

Terranova also said Curragh Stables’ Killybegs Captain will be receiving some time off due to an ankle injury. The graded stakes-winning son of Mizzen Mast last raced when taking the Pelican at Tampa Bay Downs on February 15.

“He’s getting some time off right now. He had a deal with his ankle. We’re just going to see what happens into the summer, into the fall,” Terranova said.

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