The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Clark Handicap & Cigar Mile

Clark Handicap

Clark, sales, leftovers
Post-Thanksgiving traditions
The fall meet’s feature

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#1 – Dubious Miss
Gelding with girl’s name
Dirt looks like his third surface
Steps up at Churchill

#2 – Apart
Stablemate of Blame’s
Could be deja vu for Stall
Hot at the right time

#3 – Successful Dan
Rolls on the fake stuff
But he can ball at Churchill
Could collar leaders

#4 – Giant Oak
Illinois’ finest
Lacked killer instinct this year
Would love a class drop

#5 – Redding Colliery
A lead-grabbing colt
Solid in mid-level stakes
Live if he can last

#6 – Brass Hat
Popular geezer
Better efforts were on turf
Should take bettors’ cash

#7 – Stately Victor
A second-tier soph
Built resume on poly
Outlook’s not rosy

#8 – Win Willy
Gray Oaklawn hero
Faces his toughest challenge
Worth a ticket slot

#9 – Regal Ransom
Break on top or bust
Taking a chance with young jock
Won’t run off with it

#10 – Demarcation
Ack Ack runner-up
Big player in overnight stakes
Graded gets dicey

#11 – Duke of Mischief
Handicap stalwart
Capable of stealing one
In between cold snaps

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Who’s the Clark winner?
Apart separates from foes
Five, three behind him

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Look behind the jump for the Haiku Handicapper’s selections for Saturday’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct.

Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap

The Cigar Mile
Cup competitors lick wounds
On the outer track

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#1 – Girolamo
Big blue’s tag-teamer
Took money in Churchill flop
Not sure what we’ll get

#1A – Vineyard Haven
Last year’s show ticket
New jock brings uncertainty
Wild card prospect

#2 – Soaring Empire
First try in ‘cap ranks
Hasn’t lit up three-year-olds
Also-ran fodder

#3 – Bribon (Fr)
No Cigar last year
Launched campaign in Barbados
Should end on the board

#4 – Haynesfield
Front-runner rolls back
Hard to tell what he has left
After Classic grind

#5 – Jersey Town
Camped in the Northwest
Hasn’t shown he can stay on
Looks unlikely here

#6 – Friend or Foe
Dominates state-breds
Flounders against graded sophs
Appears overmatched

#7 – Musket Man
Gritty campaigner
The Classic wasn’t his spot
This is more like it

#8 – Half Metal Jacket
Climbing the ladder
Today’s foes have beaten him
Gimmick potential

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Who smokes the Cigar?
Musket Man spurns Classic bounce
Then the three, 1A

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Clark Handicap & Cigar Mile

  1. ragman

    Maybe I’ve got tunnel vision but everytime I see a Michael Maker horse they have just won a race.

  2. mibredclaimer

    Well, unless he puts out a freak effort, I’d expect Stately Victor to buck that trend after this race.

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