The Haiku Handicapper Presented By Brisnet: 2019 Kentucky Derby - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report
Closex

The Haiku Handicapper Presented By Brisnet: 2019 Kentucky Derby

Tacitus gallops at Churchill Downs ahead of the 2019 Kentucky Derby.

Time to analyze the 2019 Kentucky Derby field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

#1 – War of Will
Honest horse undone
By a wonky Fair Grounds trip
And a lousy draw

#2 – Tax
Ex-claimer makes good
And knows how to run his race
Could offer value

#3 – By My Standards
Upset Fair Grounds win
Vaults him into the deep end
Miler's pedigree

#4 – Gray Magician
SkyMiles in droves
SoCal, Laurel, and Dubai
This stop's not rosy

#5 – Improbable
High-buzz juvenile
Winless in 2019
Time to find his edge

#6 – Vekoma
Could have been the chalk
If he only covered ground
Like a normal horse

#7 – Maximum Security
Ripped through Gulfstream Park
But will it play at Churchill?
Expect a step back

#8 – Tacitus
In the coming weeks
He'll win a Triple Crown race
Soon, we'll see which one

#9 – Plus Que Parfait
Brave run in Dubai
Facing a lackluster field
Doesn't threaten here

#10 – Cutting Humor
Fled to Sunland Park
When he wasn't sharp enough
For a dull Southwest

#13 – Code of Honor
Can't doubt his toughness
But the Derby's tough to win
When trouble finds you

#14 – Win Win Win
He'll be coming late
But not sure he's fast enough
To hit the line first

#15 – Master Fencer
A language lesson
Repeat after me: “Tosu”
“Toss” in Japanese

#16 – Game Winner
He might not win it
But he'll make whoever does
Have to fight for it

#17 – Roadster
TMZ knew first
Now it's time for his close-up
With a new rider

#18 – Long Range Toddy
Hated Oaklawn slop
Rain on the Derby forecast
Doomed by the doppler

#19 – Spinoff
Come Jim Dandy time
He'll be a headline player
This spot would surprise

#20 – Country House
Lost his last two preps
By a half-dozen or more
Can't see that changing

#21 – Bodexpress
Buchanan, Broker's
Tip, and Sir Barton comprise
A club that won't grow

Prediction
Tacitus was bred
To have rose-covered withers
Then sixteen and two

Paulick Report Icon
GET OUR NEWSLETTER

Receive daily headlines, breaking news alerts, promotions, and much more!

Subscribe
Become An Insider

Support our journalism and access bonus content on our Patreon stream

Learn More