The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Borderland Derby

Obscure Derby prep
Don’t like it? Blame Mine That Bird
Field lacks world beaters

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#1 – McKenna’s Justice
Gulf Coaster heads west
Only dirt start went poorly
Likely not his spot

#2 – Haitian Hero
Cross-country shipper
Struggled at elite racetracks
Hard to get a read

#3 – Amen Baby
Pace-setting local
Proven in sprints. Can he route?
Exotics, perhaps?

#4 – Nicky Boy
Dead last in debut
No redeeming qualities
This is a joke, right?

#5 – Storming Saint
Picks up leading jock
Lots of stakes experience
Could be a factor

#6 – Chuchuluco
I can’t pronounce you
Winner of the local prep
Can he stretch it out?

#7 – Guiltbyassociation
Wallowed on Cal turf
Came alive on Sunland dirt
Won’t mind the distance

#8 –  Tango Tango
A No-Cal transplant
Tends to wilt in the big spots
It’s his bubble race

#9 – Raise The Bridle
Just missed in lone start
Stablemate of Mine That Bird
Can lightning strike twice?

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Who runs the Border?
Chuchuluco gets the duke
Eight and nine follow

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Borderland Derby

  1. Love them! You missed an opportunity, though, to joke…did you notice that Nicky Boy is, in fact, a girl? 🙂

  2. mibredclaimer

    Thanks! Jeez, as if the poor filly didn’t have enough going against her already, she’s got an odd name to boot. Wonder if there’s a story behind it, or the owners just really wanted a colt?

  3. Joe – sent you an email to your CMU address…did you get it?

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