01/02/2017 12:01PM

The Haiku Handicapper: 2016 Eclipse Awards


DRF Breeding sales editor Joe Nevills makes his selections for the 2016 Eclipse Awards in the form of haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

Ballots for the Eclipse Awards are due Tuesday, Jan. 3, with the finalists being announced shortly thereafter. The awards will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park.

2-Year-Old Male
The lone wet blanket
To snuff out Classic Empire
Was his own antics
2-Year-Old Female
No real standouts here
Champagne Room took the big race
That’s enough to clinch
3-Year-Old Male
Hot ‘tater title
Arrogate turned in the two
Most impressive wins
3-Year-Old Female
No photo to mull
Songbird’s the best of her class
By wide open lengths
Older Dirt Male
Number one from “go”
And never gave up the spot
California Chrome
Older Dirt Female
The last curtain call
For a Hall of Fame career
Bow to Beholder
Male Sprinter
Breeders’ Cup “what if?”
But Lord Nelson’s resume
Was already tight
Female Sprinter
Dart board division
“Paula” danced enough big ones
To give it to her
Male Turf Horse
Caught some buzzsaws late
But his best was the best best
Flintshire ends on top
Female Turf Horse
Tough luck in autumn
Doesn’t spoil the whole campaign
Tepin wins again
Steeplechase Horse
Saw more jai-alai
Than races over the jumps
So I will abstain
Belmont, BC wins
Backed up by the bulk figures
A vote for WinStar
Made the most money
And won the most graded stakes
Chad Brown tops the list
A 30-mare band
Could produce three Eclipse wins
Can’t deny Clearsky
Most earnings – again
Most graded stakes wins – again
Javi wins – again
Apprentice jockey
Trio of stakes wins
Good meets at Gulfstream, Laurel
Give Luzzi the duke
Horse of the Year
Scary to ponder
Chrome casts a longer shadow
Than when he last won