05/18/2013 5:20AM

The Haiku Handicapper: Preakness Stakes field


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.

The Derby winner
Replete with class on the track
Target’s on his back

Gets up off the mat
After tossing the towel
What’s left in the tank?

Titletown Five
Fresh horse for The Coach
A benchwarmer in bowl games
Would be a surprise

Who needs Derby points?
Tasked with taking the next step
No reason he can’t

Respectable fifth
He’ll get his graded score soon
Just not sure it’s here

A good inside trip
But couldn’t finish the job
Superfecta threat

Will Take Charge
Slammed brakes in traffic
Pundits forgive Derby trip
How will he rebound?

Govenor Charlie
Passed on the big dance
This one’s no sock hop, either
Has a lot to prove

Speedy Gulfstreamer
Needs to find killer instinct
In main event bouts

Who gets their Preak on?
The quest continues for Orb
Over four and five