The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Malibu Stakes

It’s the last hurrah
For the class of ’07
A loaded sprint field

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#1 – Paris Vegas
Life imitates name
Big spots haven’t been his best
Wouldn’t have high hopes

#2 – Alcindor
Late-blooming prospect
He’s going for the gusto
Off two career starts

#3 – Thiskyhasnolimit
Second-tier circuit
Well-traveled colt tries west coast
Should like shorter task

#4 – Caracortado
Ex-claimer’s comeback
Dirt, top-tier form is shaky
Look for him next year

#5 – Noble’s Promise
Reborn in sprint ranks
Came back strong from Euro trip
Very dangerous

#6 – Setsuko
Back from eight-month rest
Needs some time to get rolling
Not feeling this spot

#7 – Don Tito
Calder vibes are hot
Nice surprise in first stakes try
Worth note for supers

#8 – Thomas Baines
Tried Cal Derby trail
Then sank back to claiming ranks
Nothing’s changed since spring

#9 – Twirling Candy
High upside speedball
Brings it at one turn or two
Won’t melt on the pace

#10 – Our Minesweeper
No-Cal-er tries dirt
Didn’t light up overnights
Sweep him to the curb

#11 – Smiling Tiger
West coast’s top sprinter
Beat older foes all summer
Solid as a rock

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Who’s best in the ‘Bu?
The five horse looks promising
Nine and eleven


Filed under Stakes Races, The Haiku Handicapper

7 responses to “The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Malibu Stakes

  1. LetItRideMike

    New surface plays fast
    No runner tires or slows down
    Tiger devours them

  2. old time race fan

    Nice to see you are back making poems. I cannot argue with your picks. With Leparoux on board, Noble’s Promise should be a deserving favorite.
    However for some value, I’d go for Thiskyhasnolimit.
    The distance is right up his alley and he gave Looking at Lucky all he could handle in Indiana. Plus he now has Gomez on board.

  3. mibredclaimer

    I haven’t paid much attention to how the horses have been working over the new Santa Anita surface, but if it is playing fast, then I look forward to an exciting, blistering speed duel.

    Old Time Race Fan,
    Thiskyhasnolimit definitely has a puncher’s chance here. He’s got some sprint cred in his back class and is coming off a bullet work at Santa Anita. I don’t know…He’s just one of those horses that doesn’t capture my imagination. Ought to give a nice price, though.

  4. ragman

    In Hawthorne’s 7th today it couldbe deja vu(Oct 28, 2009) all over again.
    Happy New Year to all.

  5. Old Time Race Fan

    Any thoughts/comments on Santa Anita’s new dirt track? When they break Spectacular Bid’s 30 year old record for 7F and a maiden does 6 furlongs in under 1.07, something is fishy.

  6. mibredclaimer

    Looks like he’ll give a good price if he pulls it off, too.

    Old Time Race Fan,
    I have heard a lot of grumblings about the speed of the new surface. I’m willing to give The Factor a pass because it was his first start. He might actually be that good – Or he could end up flaming out and running in $2.5k claimers at Beulah Park within two years like My Dominick James, who set the new mark at Arlington in his first start. The jury’s still out.

    Twirling Candy has plenty of upside himself, and broke the record in a solid Grade 1 race, so it’s not like the records were broken by a couple of plugs. This is their first day with dirt after a long time without it, so there are bound to be a few kinks to work out along the way…Unless Santa Anita is trying to establish a reputation as “the fast track”, in which case, look for more records to fall.

  7. Old Time Race Fan

    Kinks? Time will tell. It will be ineresting to see if SA becomes “the fast track” as you say. The problem is trying to handicap races when these horses ship. I agree Twirling Candy is a good horse, but Spectacular Bid he is not. We’ll see as the year progresses.
    p.s. you got my vote in the finals … very nice photo Joe, no matter what the outcome.

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