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The Haiku Handicapper Presented By FanDuel Racing: 2023 Belmont Stakes

The field breaks from the starting gate in the 2021 Belmont Stakes

Time to analyze the 2023 Belmont 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 – Tapit Shoes
Were this a Grade 3
He'd offer tons of value
This spot's a big ask

#2 – Tapit Trice
A son of Tapit
Ran in Derby's upper half
Heard this one before?

#3 – Arcangelo
Late bloomer, like dad
Castellano gets his best
There is value here

#4 – National Treasure
Well-ridden Preakness
Bested a depleted field
Whole new ballgame here

#5 – Il Maracolo
Whalloped in stakes tries
Test of champions? Why not!
Bloodline's all he's got

#6 – Forte
Bad timing, bad press
Has highest talent ceiling
Feels like a bounce risk

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#7 – Hit Show
Derby wasn't bad
Not quite a win candidate
But deserves a look

#8 – Angel of Empire
A fine Churchill trip
Gets some rest and new blinkers
Should be live again

#9 – Red Route One
Needs a pace meltdown
Likely won't find it today
Gaining mid-pack run

This feels obvious
Like patterns? Bet Tapit Trice.
Eight, three round it out

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