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

by | 10.30.2019 | 11:01pm
Uni (More Than Ready) wins the First Lady (G1) a "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf Division at Keeneland on 10.5.2019. Joel Rosario up, Chad Brown trainer, Robert LaPenta, Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, and Bethlehem Stables owners.

Time to analyze the 2019 Breeders' Cup Mile 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 – Suedois
Caught steam at Keeneland
Tends to do better stateside
He'll need a clear path

#2 – Lucullan
Stock is on the rise
Still a tier off the best here
Wait to play elsewhere

#3 – Space Traveller
His lone tilt against
Horses he'll join in the gates
Saw him finish sixth

#4 – Trais Fluors
His two wins this year
Have come on the all-weather
Tough to support him

#5 – True Valour
Has affinity
For this course and conditions
Could offer value

#6 – Got Stormy
A mighty filly
More than proved that she can hang
Should fire again

#7 – Bolo
One win this season
For the throwback campaigner
But it's on this course

#8 – El Tormenta
Keeps getting better
Running over his home turf
Let's see him travel

#9 – Circus Maximus
The Coolmore hopeful
Casts the longest shadow of
The foreign entries

#10 – Without Parole
Move to Brown intrigues
The lone beacon in a sea
Of waving red flags

#11 – Uni
Freaked on rock-hard turf
Even better when it's wet
Take seriously

#12 – Lord Glitters
Shines in brightest spots
But can just as easily
Vanish in the field

#13 – Hey Gaman
Nailed down his calling
Scaling back to seven-eighths
This race is eight-eighths

#14 – Bowies Hero
Survived a slugfest
In the Shadwell Turf Mile
His next test: This post

#15AE – Caribou Club
First on the wait list
Would be more likely to win
In a softer spot

#16AE – Next Shares
Sneaky-decent run
In his final Keeneland prep
Lacking last year's spark

Prediction
Maximus breaks up
The filly fight we all want
Nine, eleven, six

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