Retired to dud

Updated: June 6, 2003, 3:26 PM ET
By Pat Forde | Special to ESPN.com

Funny Cide is the current hero of Castration Nation, the fellowship of thoroughbreds that have suffered the unkindest cut of all. But even if he bags the Triple Crown Saturday at Belmont Park, he'll still need to kiss the ring of the godfather of all living geldings.

Say hello to ancient and ornery John Henry, 28 years old and comporting himself in his dotage like an equine Ty Cobb -- minus the handguns and liquor, but with all of the piss and vinegar.

"John Henry is the original ...

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