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Horse named for Mets' Syndergaard wins Funny Cide Stakes

Turns out, Syndergaard is awfully fast on the racetrack, too.

A horse named after hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard won the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga on Friday, blowing away the competition by eight lengths.

The team made mention of Syndergaard's racing success upstate in its game notes Friday and said the 2-year-old colt is an early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby.

In a release provided by the New York Racing Association, winning trainer Todd Pletcher said: "Yeah, he came with the heater today."

The Mets said track announcer Larry Collmus exclaimed that Syndergaard was "throwing the hammer...