05/15/2014 12:05PM

The Haiku Handicapper: 2014 Preakness Stakes field

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Barbara D. Livingston
The Haiku Handicapper believes Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome can come back to win the Preakness Stakes.

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

Dynamic Impact
Illinois Derby
Yields highest last-race Beyer
Who saw that coming?

General a Rod
The late addition
Ran true to form at Churchill
Which is to say, “meh”

California Chrome
King of the Derby
Faces a less daunting task
It’s his race to lose

Ring Weekend
Running close to home
After taking a sick day
Don’t love his chances

Bayern
Trial runner-up
Will have his name called early
Seems best at one turn

Ria Antonia
Ambitious filly
Shooting for Rachel redux
Closer to Miss Joy

Kid Cruz
The local runner
Makes his first graded stakes try
Worth a show ticket

Social Inclusion
Loads of raw talent
Wood effort, injury woes
Give him question marks

Pablo Del Monte
Smartly skipped Derby
Displayed poise in the Blue Grass
Must prove his dirt form

Ride On Curlin
A clogged rail cost him
But he showed grit running wide
Stands an honest chance

Prediction
Who gets their Preak on?
Chrome books date with destiny
Ten, seven follow

Susan Crane-Sundell More than 1 year ago
Love it! For some horse it will be LowKu! Great idea, you must tweet these!
PenelopePMiller More than 1 year ago
Joe, you are so rad. Wish my 'capping were as good As your Haikus are.
Geronimo2123 . More than 1 year ago
This is a good as all of the wordy, verbose analysis...
the horseshoe More than 1 year ago
These horses are so bad I think kid cruz will close into the superfecta just because there is tons of front end speed.He hasn't raced against anyone good but who is good in this race? only the fav.
Margaret Foster More than 1 year ago
Great way to cover Just the facts you need to bet Or just enjoy the race!
hialeah More than 1 year ago
The race just in case runs rain or shine on a hilltop then we will see