06/08/2013 11:00AM

The Haiku Handicapper: Belmont Stakes field

Barbara D. Livingston
The Haiku Handicapper is tabbing Revolutionary as his Belmont Stakes selection.

DRF Breeding staff writer 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.

Frac Daddy

Sophomore slump hits hard

Still seeking the follow-up

To his maiden win

Freedom Child

Crushed the local prep

Not a strong precursor to

Belmont Stakes success

He’s due for a win

If his form pattern holds up

Doubt he’s good enough

Giant Finish

New York-bred comes home

Looks like a nice Grade 3 horse

In a Grade 1 race

A deflating loss

But he seems built for this race

The pressure is off

Bred to run all day

But his résumé’s lacking

Could sneak on the board

The Preakness winner

Pace will dictate destiny

Won’t sneak off again

Midnight Taboo
Raw maiden winner

Faces heroic class jump

Doesn’t have a prayer

Got his trip last out

Javier climbs back aboard

Should fire again

Will Take Charge
Traffic in Derby

Just plain got beat in Preakness

Will pass in Belmont

A dud at Churchill

Trainer’s under microscope

Can’t get excited

Palace Malice
The blinkers come off

After suicide Derby

A wild card here

Unlimited Budget

Girl power in force

Class ought to trump Oaks setback

Repole’s best shot

Golden Soul

Surprised at Churchill

Was it the race of his life

Or just warming up?


Who gets carnations?

¡Viva la Revolución!

Five, six fill the tri