10/30/2014 5:15PM

The Haiku Handicapper: 2014 Breeders’ Cup

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Barbara D. Livingston
Unbeaten champion Shared Belief is the Haiku Handicapper's top selection in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

DRF Breeding staff writer Joe Nevills analyzes each race of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

Friday, Oct. 31

Juvenile Turf
Coolmore duo looms
Hootenanny survives charge
Running on the lead

Dirt Mile
One circuit around
A victory lap to stud
Goldencents defends

Juvenile Fillies Turf
The “L1” angle
Qualifies Qualify to
Overcome her post

Distaff
Threats on the outside
Each used up their mulligan
Ten nips eleven

Saturday, Nov. 1

Juvenile Fillies
Consider how fast
By the Moon could run without
Slogging through the mud

Filly and Mare Turf
Long time between drinks
For Juvy Fillies Turf queen
Stephanie’s Kitten

Filly and Mare Sprint
Judy the Beauty
Edged by Groupie Doll last year
She’s not here this time

Turf Sprint
A run down the hill
Ends with Dettori airborne
No Nay Never? Yes!

Juvenile
Pletcher’s stacked. Shocker.
Carpe Diem has the tools
Breeding, record, price

Turf
The Magic is gone
If he can conquer the gate,
Main Sequence takes it

Sprint
Reigning race winner
Lightly raced, but never dull
Year comes full “Circle”

Mile
Global melting pot
A Toronado warning
Hits Arcadia

Classic
A soph-centric field
Shared Belief too obvious?
No, Clones. He’s the pick