The Haiku Handicapper: Kentucky Derby Recap

What a great rail trip
Borel’s joy worth the lost cash
Let’s see him repeat

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With all of the late dropouts on the Derby trail, I was left with a lot of finished and unfinished haikus that seemed doomed to the purgatory of my notebook. When a 50-1 shot takes the big check, sometimes you just can’t help but wonder what could have been. For those of you who like to speculate, here are a few of the “B-Sides” for some of the horses who took a detour on the road to the roses.

Quality Road
High quality wins
Could sneak away with the lead
If his hooves are sound

Win Willy
Rebel upsetter
Back to earth in Arkansas
Latter form’s likely

Mafaaz (GB)
Gimmick race winner
Showed nothing against real foes
Triple-digit odds?

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