10/30/2013 11:00PM

The Haiku Handicapper: 2013 Breeders’ Cup card

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Tom Keyser
The Haiku Handicapper pick for the Breeders' Cup Turf is multiple Grade 1 winner Big Blue Kitten.

DRF Breeding staff writer Joe Nevills analyzes each race of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

Friday, Nov. 1

Marathon
Close eyes, throw a dart

Indian Jones whips the field

But watch for Worldly

Juvenile Turf

Lots of ways to go

But when in doubt, just default

To the Ramsey horse

Dirt Mile

Goldencents kicks down

The door he’s been knocking on

Golden Ticket looms

Juvenile Fillies Turf

Chad Brown comes loaded

Testa Rossi leads the way

Closing from the back

Distaff
The Beldame faceoff

Leaves the top two with questions

Beholder sneaks in

President of the U.A.E. Cup (Arabians)

A Breeders’ Cup first

At last, So Big Is Better

Gets his Grade 1 win

Saturday, Nov. 2

Juvenile Fillies

In a well-matched field

Artemis Agrotera

Appears tough to beat

Filly & Mare Turf

It took just one start

For Dank to prove she’s the best

In this hemisphere

Filly & Mare Sprint

Groupie Doll’s swan song

Upstaged by Dance to Bristol

With a sweeping trip

Turf Sprint

Down the hill they go

Miz doesn’t lose on that course

Streak runs to seven

Juvenile
Two grays in the stretch

Havana hits his ceiling

Tap It Rich rolls on

Turf
The Fugue’s getting hot

But this is Ken Ramsey’s year

Big Blue Kitten scores

Sprint
Dubai Bounce-snapper

Faces Juvenile Sprint champ

The fresh horse gets it

Mile
Turf is to Wise Dan

What spinach is to Popeye

This one’s his to lose

Classic
A dominant Dude

Haunted by big-race fumbles

Macho Madness reigns

 

currymj19 More than 1 year ago
Great stuff, Nevills.
Michael_McNeill More than 1 year ago
Love these. Great work
Ken Wiener More than 1 year ago
Very creative!