06/04/2015 4:25PM

The Haiku Handicapper: Belmont Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
The Haiku Handicapper believes American Pharoah will be upset by Frosted in the Belmont Stakes.

DRF sales editor Joe Nevills analyzes the Belmont 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.

Mubtaahij
Bred for the distance
But his Derby was so-so
Can’t get excited

Tale of Verve
Shocking Preakness run
But we’ve seen this play before
It ends off the board

Madefromlucky
Peter Pan winner
Takes a third swipe at Pharoah
On a track he likes

Frammento
Place in history:
The Derby’s first “21”
Nothing changes here

American Pharoah
The crown’s on the line
Which challenge is most daunting?
Rivals or miles?

Frosted
Staged Derby rally
And gets better in New York
Should put in a run

Keen Ice
Best run of his life
Put him seventh at Churchill
A hard cause to back

Materiality
Shades of Summer Bird
In resume, Derby run
Not a complete toss

Prediction
The Pharoah dethroned
Goes down swinging to Frosted
Eight, three fill super