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The Haiku Handicapper: Blue Grass Stakes Recap

Ex-claimer’s legit
Top two finishers looked strong
Derby plot thickens

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit Claire Novak’s NTRA blog to view my original selections. Two out of three ain’t bad, and a boxed exacta would have paid $117.60.

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The Haiku Handicapper: Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

Won’t find haikus here
Guest blogged at NTRA
Click here to see them

But seriously, many, many thanks go out to Claire Novak for letting me hijack her blog for the day.

Be sure to keep tabs on her happenings at Keeneland and leading up to the Kentucky Derby by following her blog on the NTRA website. Few people can nail down the racetrack experience quite like she can. Go see for yourself.

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The Haiku Handicapper: Louisiana Derby

Four big Derby preps
Picture should clear, bubbles burst
Or bring more questions
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#1 – Free Country
Ran flat as the chalk
Shifts west from Tampa letdown
Great works, bounce back race? 

#2 – Soul Warrior
Failed class test last start
Did well with jock as maiden
Likely also-ran 

#3 – Patena
A wiseguy favorite
Will Dutrow bump strike again?
I’ll let him beat me 

#4 – Terrain
Plagued by long layoffs
The Jackpot flattered no one
Doubt he’s sharp enough 

#5 – Flying Pegasus
Fifth race, fourth jockey
Like him, but distance concerns
Could win, could fade back 

#6 – Giant Oak
Nightmare trip last out
New rider, Prado got canned
Bubble horse needs win 

#7 – Uno Mas
Asmussen’s best shot
Shows up, but behind elite
Would have to step up

#8 – Papa Clem
Runs big with Rafi
Pro-Ride to dirt worked last week
Could be worth a play 

#9 – Friesan Fire
The field’s marquee name
No respect despite big wins
Due for a flameout? 

#10 – Nowhere to Hide
Dual entered elsewhere
Will start at Tampa instead
Put a line through him

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My tri ticket is…
Papa Clem pulls the upset
Squeaks by the nine, three

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