a day in verse

Today is the first of two major weekends for final Breeders’ Cup preps.  It is also the first weekend since early March that there has not been racing action in Chicago, so it gives me some time to focus on just the out of town preps.

It also gives me some time to play with words: one cherita for each of the day’s ten graded stakes races at Belmont and Santa Anita.  I chose the form because it is short, flexible, and lends itself to imagery and narrative.

If you’re not into poetry, my next post will be back to my (normal) prose.  If you do read poetry, come in.


Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (GI)

Ectot leads, head bobbing, tail stiffly behind

all eyes on Flintshire
from last to second best

Ectot, now one with the bog
escapes — proclaims his class
had not been relegated to the past


Gallant Bloom Handicap (GII)

fighting before, then flying, Momameamaria

Paulassilverlining lying behind
sweeps outside with perfect timing

Quezon trying
Wavell Avenue too mildly
Paulassilverlining finding


Pilgrim Stakes (GIII)

forever locked in the gate

Frostmourne forth, back, forth
tenacious, still so young

expectations of a sequel
to an Oscar Performance
like the Godfather, better


Vosburgh Stakes (GI)

a fiery early pace burns out

Stallwalkin’ Dude rekindles
his love affair with mud

but he who laughs last, laughs best
or in the deeds of Joking
he who runs last, runs best


Beldame Stakes (GI)

Paola Queen, Off the Tracks, a fight

Forever Unbridled, in hand
adheres to her plan

confidence
around easily, past, gone
across the wire alone


FrontRunner Stakes (GI)

rivals in medium and time

Klimt, such turn of foot
but life is a struggle

when the angel of the north
has flown away
Gormley, easily home


Awesome Again Stakes (GI)

catch me, says California Chrome

mane flying, engine running
Dortmund exerting

Chrome stretching his legs
a nine-furlong jog
with four overmatched workmates


Rodeo Drive Stakes (GI)

everyone loves a parade

Avenge, effortless flair
befitting the grand marshal

eleven others followed
admiring her easy ways
aspiring to her poise


Zenyatta Stakes (GI)

champions rematch

Beholder and Stellar Wind
turn for home together

one champion
passes the torch
to another


Chandelier Stakes (GI)

eleven-filly free-for-all

two turns later
a two-horse race

Noted and Quoted channeled Stellar Wind
With Honors set the pace
but settled for place

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