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The Haiku Handicapper: 2009 Clark Handicap

Can Einstein secure a second straight Clark Handicap victory in what will likely be his final race?

#1 – You And I Forever
Slummed mid-level tracks
Still seeking that breakout win
Doubt he’ll find it here

#2 – Macho Again
Stephen Foster champ
Duels Einstein, Bulsbay once more
As live as ever

#3 – Giant Oak
Derby trail dropout
First try in handicap ranks
Appears overmatched

#4 – Demarcation
Midwest-based turfer
Came up big in dirt return
Best at a mile

#5 – Blame
A late-blooming soph
Moving up well through the ranks
Intriguing prospect

#6 – Anarko (Chi)
Chilean import
Well beaten by weaker foes
Prognosis: chilly

#7 – Anak Nakal
Ran last in ’08
Rarely a threat in big spots
Please drop him in class

#8 – Etched
A lightly raced colt
Dubai’s his only hiccup
Could have some value

#9 – Bullsbay
Raging bull on dirt
Load of bull on synthetics
Ought to bounce back well

#10 – Kiss The Kid
Jersey boy heads west
Pushing back retirement
Could sneak on the board

#11 – Timber Reserve
New York circuit vet
Lacking fire since layoff
Should be early speed

#12 – Misremembered
Scored at Hoosier Park
Flunked his last handicap test
Like him, but not here

#13 – Dubious Miss
Borel gets his best
Better fit on Polytrack
Could shock, but doubt it

#14 -Einstein (Brz)
His final go-round
Maragh takes over the mount
Primed for Clark repeat?

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Who takes the feature?
It’s Macho Madness. Ooh yeah!
Five, nine fill the tri

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The Haiku Handicapper: Woodward Stakes recap, etc.

Rachel spurns late charge
Start engraving her Eclipse
A legend confirmed

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And for those of you curious about Mrs. Murphy’s start last Thursday at Presque Isle Downs…

Broke with the lead pack
Going backward by stretch drive
A well-beaten sixth

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The Haiku Handicapper: 2009 Woodward Stakes

Triumphant return
Key race for Horse of the Year
Rachel draws the crowds

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#1 – Da’Tara
A one-hit wonder
Belmont and a cloud of dust
The entry’s weak link

#1A – Cool Coal Man
Great in overnights
So-so in graded races
Not expecting much

#2 – Bullsbay
Whitney’s big winner
Rebounded from weak summer
Should be in the hunt

#3 – Rachel Alexandra
Ambitious campaign
Weight advantage helps her cause
What’s left in her tank?

#4 – Macho Again
Streaky, but rising
Excels with Albarado
Looking for a dip

#5 – It’s a Bird
Took meds, got DQ’d
Tough to beat with Leparoux
He might give good odds.

#6 – Asiatic Boy
A Dubai mainstay
Respectable since move west
Needs a big effort

#7 – Past the Point
Last year’s runner-up
Steps up his game at the Spa
Right horse for the course?

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Who burns the Woodward?
The filly makes history
Two, seven, the rest


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The Haiku Handicapper: Donn Handicap

Nicanor’s sideshow
Lil’ bro should hope he gets here
Let’s look at the field… 


#1 – Finallymadeit
A quick turnaround
Pacesetter chokes at Gulfstream
What’s left in the tank?

#2 – Albertus Maximus
Breeders’ Cup winner
Dirt Mile wasn’t real dirt
Course, distance too much

#3 – Anak Nakal
Unfulfilled promise
Great at two, then not so much
Has a lot to prove

#4 – Bullsbay
Seems to like the dirt
Late runner should like distance
Could have some value

#5 – A.P. Arrow
Last year’s runner up
Not the same after Dubai
Time to bounce the “bounce”

#6 – On Board Again
Slow build to big reach
No big foes since long layoff
Needs race of his life

#7 – Arson Squad
Burns it up on dirt
Wins at distance, with Prado
I smell money here

#8 – Sir Whimsey
Money at Gulfstream
Hard to toss from exotics
Win looks doubtful though

#9 – Great Hunter
Still hunting for form
Another Dubai bouncer
Could use one more race

#10 – Einstein
Comes off a big win
Horse of the Year bid starts here
Long post a concern


Who takes down the Donn?
Einstein makes it relative
Five, seven, watch four


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