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The Haiku Handicapper Presented By BC2A Equine Sports Performance: 2020 Preakness Stakes

Max Player at Churchill Downs before his Aug. 24 workout

Time to analyze the 2020 Preakness Stakes field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

To read previous editions of The Haiku Handicapper, click here.

#1 – Excession
Hey, remember March?
We were so young then, weren't we?
That was his last start

#2 – Mr. Big News
Do we judge this horse
By his bank-breaking upsets
Or his long-priced duds?

#3 – Art Collector
The most likely threat
To test Authentic up front
With gas to kick on

#4 – Swiss Skydiver
Closer to Rachel
Than Ria Antonia
Not afraid to fight

#5 – Thousand Words
Ought to come in fresh
If he didn't leave his race
In Churchill's paddock

#6 – Jesus' Team
This would be his first
Win not running for a tag
Gonna look elsewhere

#7 – Ny Traffic
Caused Derby trouble
Still lacking killer instinct
No ticket-topper

#8 – Max Player
Always runs his race
Stands to move up with more time
In Asmussen's barn

#9 – Authentic
Minor Derby shock
He might be unbeatable
With an unchecked lead

#10 – Pneumatic
Wisely skipped Derby
His reward? Hooking a field
That might be tougher

#11 – Liveyourbeastlife
Fierce Jim Dandy drive
Is he a Spa specialist
Or finding his form?

Prediction
First, a pace meltdown
Then, Max Player secures bag
Nine, six, three follow

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