The Haiku Handicapper: 2009 Woodward Stakes

Triumphant return
Key race for Horse of the Year
Rachel draws the crowds

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#1 – Da’Tara
A one-hit wonder
Belmont and a cloud of dust
The entry’s weak link

#1A – Cool Coal Man
Great in overnights
So-so in graded races
Not expecting much

#2 – Bullsbay
Whitney’s big winner
Rebounded from weak summer
Should be in the hunt

#3 – Rachel Alexandra
Ambitious campaign
Weight advantage helps her cause
What’s left in her tank?

#4 – Macho Again
Streaky, but rising
Excels with Albarado
Looking for a dip

#5 – It’s a Bird
Took meds, got DQ’d
Tough to beat with Leparoux
He might give good odds.

#6 – Asiatic Boy
A Dubai mainstay
Respectable since move west
Needs a big effort

#7 – Past the Point
Last year’s runner-up
Steps up his game at the Spa
Right horse for the course?

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Who burns the Woodward?
The filly makes history
Two, seven, the rest



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4 responses to “The Haiku Handicapper: 2009 Woodward Stakes

  1. old timer

    Rachel looks like a lock. However can you spell Onion? Saratoga is not called the graveyard of champions for nothing. If you’re looking for a longshot to beat her or just to complete the exacta, I agree with your assessment that Past the Point looks dangerous. He was right up there with Curlin in this race last year and seems to be coming into form. Rachel awesome, but at 1-2 not much value.

  2. Whoever wrote the Haikus has talent. DRF or Brisnet should use this format for their comments; it would get to the point with added flair. All the haikus on the money except Macho Again proved the worthiest foe.

  3. mibredclaimer

    Old Timer,
    Well, Past The Point looked good there for a minute. I was feeling pretty good about my picks as they headed into the stretch. After that, not so much.

    That would be me. Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, I kind of whiffed on Macho Again. Looks like having Albarado on his back is going to make him more than a slop specialist.

    • Your analysis was solid; hindsight is always 20/20 but if you knew the results beforehand it wouldn’t be gambling.

      Been impressed w/ Macho Again since seeing him win the ’08 Derby Trial vs. a tough field. Also saw him beat Einstein in this year’s Foster G1. He’s a stone-cold closer who needs a fast pace to run down. Once I saw the early fractions of the Woodward, I thought Macho and It’s a Bird would both pass Rachel. The Bird got forced wide at the turn and maybe just wasn’t fast enough. Macho made his run but Rachel was just too good. He made her earn it which made for a breathtakingly great race.

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