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The Haiku Handicapper Presented By NYRA Bets: 2022 Kentucky Derby

Medina Spirit secured an easy by the time the Kentucky Derby 147 field rounded the first turn

Time to analyze the 2022 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.

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

#1 – Mo Donegal
Copy/paste Zandon
Pretty much the same thing here
But less intriguing

#2 – Happy Jack
Least resistant path
To a stall in the big gate
He's gonna get thwomped

#3 – Epicenter
Best of Bourbon Street
Crushed this season's deepest prep
A “must” on tickets

#4 – Summer Is Tomorrow
Brave run in Dubai
But he hit a hard ceiling
Doubt he stays the trip

#5 – Smile Happy
Trending the right way
Feels more like a Preakness threat
But should run fine here

#6 – Messier
Did the class catch up
In his So-Cal second place
Or did he need one?

#7 – Crown Pride
Whether Dubai win
Or hometown Hyacinth dud
I've yet to be wowed

#8 – Charge It
Maturing quickly
But he fits the profile of
A Belmont winner

#9 – Tiz the Bomb
If Churchill burns down
And they move this to Turfway
He'd be worth a look

#10 – Zandon
Love his bravery
Tough race for a deep closer
If clear, he hits board

#11 – Pioneer of Medina
Needed defections
But Fair Grounds was deep this year
Could sneak a small check

#12 – Taiba
Hey, remember when
Zedan said he wouldn't run
If Bob wasn't here?

#13 – Simplification
A versatile style
But his class, distance limits
Are well short of this

#14 – Barber Road
Has some closing jets
That never have enough gas
He'd be an upset

#15 – White Abarrio
Unmatched at Gulfstream
Not sure how deep that group was
Foresee a step back

#16 – Cyberknife
He's grown up a lot
From his wide-run Lecomte dud
Worth examining

#17 – Classic Causeway
Came back from the bench
To run about as well as
The horse he nudged out

#18 – Tawny Port
Solved the dirt riddle
Not sure he's good enough here
But he'll win plenty

#19 – Zozos
He held on gamely
Once Epicenter blew by
Grits into top half

#20 – Ethereal Road
Third start in five weeks
Each harder, none on the board
He shouldn't be here

#21AE – Rich Strike
Hung on the fringes
In a weak Turfway platoon
An allowance horse

#22AE – Rattle N Roll
The wheels have come off
After such promise last year
It's not happening

Prediction
Epicenter is
Who everyone thought he was
Ten, twelve fill the tri

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