The Haiku Handicapper: 2009 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, Filly & Mare Turf

(This is the first of two posts highlighting key races from this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. Today’s post focuses on a couple races on Friday’s female-focused program. Check back later in the week for previews of selected races on Saturday’s card.)

Ladies’ Classic

#1 – Careless Jewel
Elite three-year-old
Cleaned up while Rachel beat boys
This will be her test

#2 – Life Is Sweet
A local filly
Tailing off after strong start
Needs a turnaround

#3 – Mushka
In form at right time
Transfers well from turf to synth
Could bust some tickets

#4 – Lethal Heat
Likely to press pace
Enters with second-itis
Exotic wagers?

#5 – Proviso (GB)
Second-tier Euro
DQ’d in U.S. debut
Tough to get a read

#6 – Cocoa Beach (CHI)
Bridesmaid in ’08
Tried every surface since then
Shouldn’t top last year

#7 – Music Note
Versatile filly
Steps up her game with Maragh
In the driver’s seat

#8 – Rainbow View
Grade 1 regular
Does her best at a mile
Better fit for Turf

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The Distaff winner?
Music Note hits the right groove
Three and one follow

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Filly & Mare Turf

#1 – Visit (GB)
Show money last year
Resume lacks a big win
Middle of the pack

#2 – Forever Together
The defending champ
Late bidder creates drama
Watch if she gets room

#3 – Rutherienne
Summered in New York
Form improved in shorter stakes
Looking elsewhere here

#4 – Magical Fantasy
The race’s home team
On a tear since turf return
Leave off no ticket

#5 – Pure Clan
Letdown in ’08
Focused campaign to get back
Won’t run last again

#6 – Midday (GB)
From across the pond
Distance won’t be an issue
Should battle in stretch

#7 – Dynaforce
Beverly D champ
Enters off field’s worst finish
Hiccup or a trend?

#8 – Maram
Last year’s Juv Turf champ
Runs strong, but infrequently
Has too much to prove

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Who chews up the Turf?
Do you believe in Magic?
Five, two round it out

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2 responses to “The Haiku Handicapper: 2009 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, Filly & Mare Turf

  1. Great job as always – your haikus really get to the point. Think Music Note is the best runner in the Distaff but is she the best on pro-ride?

    Leaning toward Maram in the Filly & Mare Turf (or “Filly Turf and Mare” as I call it) And you’re right about Pure Clan – should be primed.

  2. mibredclaimer

    Thanks a bunch!

    As for Music Note, she finished third in last year’s Distaff, and the winner was Zenyatta, so we might as well call it a second. Running wide the entire trip didn’t help her case either. She showed enough for me to believe the Pro-Ride won’t be an issue this time around.

    The thing that scares me about Maram is after last year’s Breeders’ Cup, her only two starts were in ungraded stakes races – and she only won one of them to boot. Clearly, she’s capable of pulling off a big win, but that’s not the kind of campaign I want to see heading into a $2 million race against older competition.

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