The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Indiana Derby

I am going to be attending Saturday’s Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park so it seemed like an opportune time to bring the Haiku Handicapper out of his summer hiatus and get him back to work. Whatever races you decide to watch this weekend (and there are a lot of big ones), and wherever you decide to watch them, may you enjoy one of the better weekends of racing on the calendar.

Now let’s get to work.

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Hoosier’s marquee race
Champ overshadows rivals
Let’s look at the field

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#1 – Dabossman
Mid-country claimer
Last won for $15k tag
Not gonna happen

#2 – Thiskyhasnolimit
Smarty Jones winner
Kicked around the state derbies
He might prefer sprints

#3 – Worldly
Comes off two tough beats
Might need longer than he’ll get
Should be in the hunt

#4 – Uareoutlaw (Brz)
Brazilian import
Grade one champ in native land
How will it translate?

#5 – Indy Bull
Local graduate
Breakout in first Hoosier start
Is he this good? Doubts…

#6 – Lookin At Lucky
Once and future champ
Back on track after rough spring
The class of the field

#7 – Litigation Risk
Lightly raced front speed
Got creamed in other stakes tries
Not much to excite

#8 – Nacho Friend
Summered in Jersey
Solid in mid-level stakes
Exotic tickets

#9 – St. Maximus Gato
Two huge Calder wins
Raw gelding makes first stakes try
Front runner intrigues

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Picking the winner
Hoosier daddy?  It’s Lucky.
Followed by three, nine

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Indiana Derby

  1. Old Time Race Fan

    Joem,
    Can you believe that the Hoosier odds maker has pegged Lucky at 5 to 2? If he goes off at even money, it would be a tremendous overlay. I see him at 2 or 3 to 5. If he is healthy it will be a walkover. (I realize that is a big if).

  2. mibredclaimer

    Like you said, the only reason I can give for his odds being so high is that he is coming off a fever and might not be as sharp as he should. That said, even at 75%, Lucky is several lengths better than this field.

  3. ragman

    You’ll get a chance to see Pinnacle’s 2010 HOY(my opinion) in the Oaks.

  4. mibredclaimer

    If Shakaleena wins the Oaks, would she be the first graded stakes winner with a start at Pinnacle? I think she would.

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