05/01/2014 1:49PM

The Haiku Handicapper: 2014 Kentucky Derby field

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Barbara D. Livingston
Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong is the Haiku Handicapper's Kentucky Derby selection.

DRF Breeding staff writer Joe Nevills analyzes the Kentucky Derby field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

Vicar’s In Trouble
Ramseys’ bayou-bred
Best when allowed to run off
That trip’s not likely

Harry’s Holiday
Ex-claimer makes good
Fine Kentucky-circuit horse
Just not in this race

Uncle Sigh
Runs for a great cause
Will crush state-bred foes later
In deep water here

Danza
Arkansas shocker
Fluke or sign of things to come?
Lean toward the first one

California Chrome
The home-state hero
Thrived as the bar kept rising
Worthy favorite

Samraat
Gritty New York-bred
Next clunker will be his first
Will be in the hunt

We Miss Artie
Polytrack monster
Might like Churchill’s dirt, long stretch
Exotics? Why not?

General a Rod
A grinding stalker
Who could use a knockout punch
Hard place to find it

Vinceremos
Last in the Blue Grass
Iron Liege has nil to fear
His streak will survive

Wildcat Red
Honest as Lincoln
And not afraid of a fight
Lead will go through him

Dance With Fate
Sweeping Blue Grass champ
Quietly dirt Grade 1 placed
Stranger things happen

Chitu
Labored in the stretch
To put away Sunland field
All you need to know

Medal Count
Busy in April
Dirt resume is shaky
But should run all day

Tapiture
Chalked up his first dud
When the spotlight was brightest
Was that his ceiling?

Intense Holiday
Bandwagon gains steam
As wise guys pile aboard
Favorable post

Commanding Curve
Last horse in the field
Survived brutal Fair Grounds trip
Might pick some pockets

Candy Boy
Handles pretenders
Steps back when big boys come out
That form looks to hold

Ride on Curlin
Blue collar story
Asking a lot from that post
Watch him this summer

Wicked Strong
Found his New York form
That went missing at Gulfstream
Shades of Stay Thirsty?

Pablo Del Monte
Best horse of his crop
Last spring on the Polytrack
Then the rest caught up

Prediction
Who wears the roses?
Wicked Strong nabs a game Chrome
Then the 12, seven
 

Old timer 7 months ago
Nice job, Joe. Considering that most horse players that I have known are quite similar to the characters in Guys & Dolls, and would not even know what a Haiku was, you have done a public service in exposing us to such culture! :-) I have to root for the old guy... go California Chrome!