The Haiku Handicapper Presented By TVG: 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic

by | 11.01.2019 | 12:20pm
Vino Rosso beat Code of Honor to the wire in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but was later disqualified for interference in the stretch

Time to analyze the 2019 Breeders' Cup Classic field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

#1 – Math Wizard
Squeaked out a Grade 1
When nobody else fired
Won't add up again

#2 – Seeking the Soul
A toss of the dice
Whether you use him or not
He'll kill your ticket

#3 – Owendale
He'd have been my pick
If the race were a Grade 3
Out in the Midwest

#4 – War of Will
The Preakness winner
Has struggled to find his spark
Post-Baltimore tilt

#5 – Yoshida
The dual-surface star
Inches closer to finding
His form from last year

#6 – Elate
Somehow, the Classic
Is a less-daunting hurdle
Than Midnight Bisou

#7 – Higher Power
His value depends
On if his freak Del Mar romp
Was real or a fluke

#8 – McKinzie
Despite his record
It still feels like he could lose
Any given race

#9 – Mongolian Groom
For that entry fee
He'd better live up to it
Minor award threat

#10 – Vino Rosso
Ignore the DQ
Focus on resiliency
Should have his gloves on

#11 – Code of Honor
Always runs honest
But he'll need to dig deeper
If he gets challenged

Prediction
A Gold Cup rematch
But this time Vino stays up
Six and nine follow

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