The Haiku Handicapper: 2011 Preakness Stakes

I am on-site in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes, so this site might get neglected for a bit, but until then, here is something to fill the gap. Enjoy the race!

#1 – Astrology
Runs in memory
Of late owner Jess Jackson
Could sneak on tickets

#2 – Norman Asbjornson
Penn-bred new shooter
Enters with field’s coolest name
And that’s about it

#3 – King Congie
Sentimental name
Faces same synth-to-dirt doubts
Derby winner quashed

#4 – Flashpoint
Quick starting’s the theme
Didn’t handle two turns great
Wait for summer sprints

#5 – Shackleford
Nearly wired ’em
In a crawling-paced Derby
Hard to follow up

#6 – Sway Away
Derby’s last horse out
His best work came at one turn
Hold for state derbies

#7 – Midnight Interlude
A big Derby dud
Bouncing back’s his biggest test
Should take some money

#8 – Dance City
A fresh challenger
Sambaed up the class ladder
Poised for big effort

#9 – Mucho Macho Man
Third in the Derby
Yet to turn in a clunker
Is a bounce looming?

#10 – Dialed In
Added incentive
5.5 million bones is
A spicy meatball

#11 – Animal Kingdom
The Derby winner
Becomes even scarier
With dirt questions dashed

#12 – Isn’t He Perfect
New Yorker ships down
Non-factor against real foes
He’s an afterthought

#13 – Concealed Identity
Took the local prep
This isn’t an overnight
He’s up against it

#14 – Mr. Commons
Rising West Coaster
Takes class, distance jumps in stride
Live for exotics

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Which runner Preaks out?
Dialed In cashes the check
Eight and eleven

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5 Comments

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5 responses to “The Haiku Handicapper: 2011 Preakness Stakes

  1. Old Time Race Fan

    now that Pinnacle is done for this year, does anyone know the official schedule for MPM?

  2. ragman

    If Friday’s card at Indiana Downs was being run at Pinnacle , would you go?

  3. mibredclaimer

    Old Time Race Fan,
    From what I have been told, something big is percolating regarding MPM. As soon as anything is made official, you know where to find it.

    Ragman,
    It seems like a solid enough card. I doubt I would have made the three hour drive to Detroit to see it in person, but I probably wouldn’t be disappointed if I did. What are you getting at?

  4. ragman

    mibred

    8 maiden races on a Friday night?

  5. mibredclaimer

    Huh. I completely overlooked that somehow. Guess I got distracted by the field sizes. That is indeed unusual.

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