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Darin Z  RACE REVIEWS by Darin Zoccali A thoroughbred and standardbred racing announcer and analyst, Darin works for several racetracks including the Meadowlands, Parx Racing at Philadelphia Park and Tioga Downs.  He is also a regular fill in on Sirius XM Radio's Down The Stretch broadcast.  He is a graduate of St John's University (class of 2005) and is one of the youngest announcers/broadcasters in the racing business.

Race Reviews For Thursday, January 10, 2013

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 8-6-9-7
H Horse Comment
1 NAUGHTY GIRL Has not done much in his last few starts and is just 1 for 23 lifetime. Hope to stay close and tow along for a share.
2 DARRON HALL Got a good prep under his belt for this series. Kicked home OK in 28.2. Loses Gingras though. Mixed feelings here.
3 MANOLO B His qualifier didn’t inspire much confidence and he also shows a pair of breaks at Monti. Not sure he is fast enough for this.
4 BLT PRIME He actually didn’t work out a bad trip consider post 10 last time, he just had no trot. He will need a lot more this time.
5 SOUTH JERSEY BUGSEY Expect him to be showing speed from this draw, but his final quarters are on the slow side. Hangs on for part?
6 BAD DAY BLACK ROCK Recent form is pretty good and like the face he shows 5 wins. Seems like a logical contender in this group.
7 LA HOLLYWOOD Winner of last will be a compelling favorite in race 2 tonight. Last effort wasn’t bad. Looks like a minor award for him.
8 WHERE TO HANOVER Kicked him powerfully off modest fractions in that qualifier. Not sure why he needed the hobbles, but it worked!
9 CHURCH ST BOOM R One thing is for sure, he has plenty of early speed so expect Gingras to send. Moves to Burke barn. Using.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 5-7-6-4
H Horse Comment
1 SWINGING NADINE Just 1 for 22 now in her career and she seems to lack that killer instinct. Tows along and hopes to earn a piece of it.
2 SOME KINDA SPUNKY Qualified behind what could be the horse to beat in the series (‘Galliano). Similar feelings to ‘Nadine here.
3 CAMP SPEEDY Off a sick scratch which I don’t like because I prefer a prep under the belt prior to this series. Need to see more from her.
4 SWISS LIGHTNING Got a tightener under his belt and like the fact that he did have a prep. Qualified well prior. Inclined to include him.
5 WINDSUN GALLIANO Went a big first over mile and the final time jumps off the page. Team Miller has him figured out. Will be a handful.
6 MONEY MAVEN Just 1 for 21 lifetime with 9 runner-up efforts. Likely to follow ‘Galliano at some point. Should hit the ticket in here.
7 JOYEUX DREAM This gelding packs plenty of early speed and likes to win too. If allowed to coast, he could prove tough to catch now.
8 FOR GOODNESS LINDY I really needed to see something more from his last effort. Just not finishing fast enough to be considered here.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 3-6-2-7
H Horse Comment
1 MORE RED WINE Exits a pretty fast qualifier but his prior form at Plainridge just doesn’t inspire much confidence here. Watching this one.
2 TONIGHTS THE NIGHT Added Lasix in his first start off nearly 5 months. Last effort from Philadelphia would make him a contender here.
3 WILCOX Every horse in here is coming off a substantial layoff. I really liked his last qualifier going a big first over. Think he is one to beat.
4 I DO HANOVER Exits the same qualifier as Wilcox and Beachfront, but was beaten a long way. Hard to recommend off that.
5 HURRY UP AND WAIT Now 0 for 6 in his career and I don’t like how he lost ground in that last qualifier. I need to see more from him.
6 ROCKY MOUNTAIN GUY This colt went a very big mile as a two year old last year. He can finish, as seen in his qualifiers. I like him here.
7 BEACHFRONT Nice qualifier, but he didn’t exactly buzz around the track. Still, this gelding has some ability and should be a player.
8 BJ’S RAMEAU Exits the same qualifier as ‘Red Wine but didn’t do much in there. Similar to that foe, his prior form is lacking as well.
9 GRACIE’S BOY Added Lasix in that qualifier and he was OK. I don’t think it is good enough to win this race, but maybe a minor award.
10 NEWSPEAK Now just 1 for 31 in his career. Draws the 10-hole with no early speed and his qualifiers are rather flat. Longshot.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 6-5-1-7
H Horse Comment
1 HELIOS Shrugged off the challenge of ‘Volare with disdain last week. This division has a lot of power though. One of several contenders.
2 VOLARE DE VIE Came after Helios last week, but tried and drifted in the stretch. Others in here will be tough too. Needs to find more.
3 CASH MCCOY He wasn’t bad last week against the top 2, that being said, this will be even tougher. Using on the bottom of my exotics.
4 JAILHOUSE JUICE Gelding has a problem staying on stride which is always a tricky proposition. Too many other options in this group.
5 MOREY His 3rd quarter in that qualifier will attract play. In fact, he might be overbet. That being said, if the price is right, I would play him.
6 NO LESS THAN MAGIC That was the perfect prep for this series. Followed cover and kicked home well. Stays closer and finishes strong.
7 GOOD SOUND ADVICE Gave it everything he had against a good trotter last time. If ‘Galliano won race 2, move his stock up. Just 1 for 30.
8 SWEET BEN Cannot knock his form as he is very consistent. Due to the competition, he should offer a great price and I would use him.
9 AMARCORD Recent form is lacking, especially in this group. Doesn’t pack the speed to overcome the wide draw either. Longshot.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 4-1-7-6
H Horse Comment
1 SING OUT Runner up from that last qualifier is a $10-15,000 claimer in New York, so that fits close to this group. Has a class edge in here.
2 APOLLO BLUE CHIP Added Lasix in that qualifier but finished a dozen lengths behind Sing Out. He’ll need to step it up in this spot.
3 GEORGIAN DIABLO Has faced better in the recent past without much success though. Now off a month as well. I am watching this time.
4 MUSCATINE Form has been decent of late and he certainly has plenty of early speed. Just 1 for 31 last year. I am using underneath.
5 CAMERON CHIP Recent form finds her in a softer spot to start the year. She would fit the bottom in condition racing as well. One to beat.
6 THE TRIPLE LINDY Celebrity Bombay tired in his first start off that layoff. This gelding hasn’t won in a while. Another to use underneath.
7 ZOT Always believed this horse had more ability than he showed. His last couple have been better and I am inclined to use him at a price.
8 OLIVER KISS Recent form has gone in and out a bit and he is coming off a month layoff as well. I am going to watch this start first.
9 GREY ICE Scratched out of a tougher spot last time. Hasn’t made a start since 10/24. Still waiting to see him on the track before I play.
10 PHOTOSMART The Open-2 to this C-1 has to be a sizable class drop. Has the wide draw, but also has early speed. Tetrick sends.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 5-6-8-10
H Horse Comment
1 TONGUE TWISTER Stepping up a bit off an average effort. Always an interesting angle. Likely saves ground and hopes to land a share.
2 MAX WILL START Respect any horse that can win off a 10 month layoff. Especially at a similar level to where he was competing before.
3 CANE RIDGE Gingras stays loyal to Burke over three others in here. Not sure this gelding is a true $15k claimer. Might be overbet.
4 CARMENS BEST Never seems to take money and his form is rather unpredictable. I am going to watch one off the 4 week layoff.
5 WIT AND WISDOM Tried the uncovered grind at Philly last time without much success. He has raced well at this level before. I like him.
6 BEAU RIVAGE N Coming off a very solid 2012 and is getting a bit of class relief too. Should find himself in the cover flow here. Tough.
7 KINGOFTHECASTLE Qualifiers don’t inspire much confidence and his prior form was lacking as well. Hasn’t won in a long time.
8 GET IT NOW Gets a pretty sizable class drop while shipping in from Woodbine. He has paced some fast miles here before. A handful.
9 ART FOR LIVING This is a pretty large class hike from those races at Rosecroft. Not sure that form will transfer over here. Mixed feelings.
10 SUPREME COURT Recent form has been solid and he has some tactical speed too. MacDonald should be aggressive from here.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 3-5-1-2
H Horse Comment
1 CRUZIN ANGEL She has won here before and done it impressively. This is a good spot for her to return in. One of many contenders.
2 LOOKINFORAGOODTIME Really didn’t have any chance from post 8 last time at Philly. This is a bit of a move down in class. A player.
3 SHAYNA BABY She was rolling late in that last mile despite having no shot from where she was. I like her quite a bit off that effort.
4 MS BETTYS HOPE Exits the same race as ‘Goodtime, but this mare had post 1 and didn’t make much of an impact. Not sold here.
5 AUTUMN MAGIC This mare might be the one to beat. Recent form is good and this is a class drop. Perfect draw. Hard to toss her out.
6 MARIE’S Z TAM She does a good job of picking up checks, but she is also coming off an 0 for 27 season. Hard to pick her on top.
7 MATT’S SMOKIN LIL Exits the same race as Autumn Magic and came from a tough spot. This mare will offer a price. Inclined to use.
8 ANGELO’S DREAM Qualifier wasn’t bad and she has some good races under her belt at Vernon as well. Coming off a long layoff.
9 CRUISE QUEEN Added Lasix last time and she was a bit better. She won 8 of 18 races last year and she might improve 2nd time Lasix.
10 SUMMER HOPE It is very difficult to rate a FFA at Scarborough and how it stacks up here. I am going to watch a start and see how she is.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 9-3-2-8
H Horse Comment
1 TAXED Kicks off a wide open field. His recent form has not been too good and he has had breaking issues here. Mixed feelings here.
2 GET JAZZED Toss out that last effort from post 8. His prior two efforts are decent. I could see him earning a share in here. Inclined to use.
3 DEMANDING FORCE Moved to Burke barn and improved in that 2nd qualifier. That is enough in this spot to attract plenty of attention.
4 ALLAMERICAN CHIEF Has not raced since April of 2011. Exits a fast qualifier, but I need to see a start off this long layoff first.
5 PLAYERS BALL See how Summer Hope did in the 7th and use that as a gauge for the Scar FFA’s. Until then, it’s a guessing game.
6 EAGLE ARTESIAN Qualifiers do not exactly jump off the page and his prior from was rather dull as well. I need to see a start first.
7 JL’S MAN OF ACTION Only one start since January of 2012. He didn’t make much of an impact there and he might need a few more.
8 SKY TANTRUM This gelding has performed well here before. Now 9, he isn’t in the same form, but in this spot, he can wake up. Maybe.
9 PANG SHUI He had been buried in some tough races off the layoff. Now he gets the class relief he needs. A drop and pop candidate.
10 WHERE’S WALDO There is back class here, but he has just one average qualifier off a long layoff. I am watching this first start back.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 6-5-3-8
H Horse Comment
1 FOLLOW MY ASHES Has breaking issues and his recent form is below average as well. That qualifier just doesn’t stack up in here.
2 BE THE BEST See how the Rosecroft shipper did in the 6th and use that as a gauge. Has plenty of speed, but is he fast enough?
3 LIBORIO He didn’t do much in his first start back, but Gingras opts here which surprised me a little. He can improve in his 2nd start back.
4 MAJESTIC MIDNIGHT Only w lifetime start and it was a 2:07.3 mile at Monticello. He looks overmatched in this spot. Longshot.
5 WISENHEIMER This gelding might be the horse to beat in this field. He has speed from this draw and looks plenty fast enough. Tough.
6 EXPLOSIVE FASHION Qualified behind the likely favorite from Race 1 in Where To Hanover, so see how he did. I like him in this spot.
7 PICARD Shows a mixed bag of efforts but that 1 for 17 lifetime record tells me that if I do use him, I should slide him underneath.
8 TAKE IT TO NINE See how Helios and Volare De Vie did in Race 4 as he raced pretty well behind those two. Campbell needs a trip.
9 MAJESTIC STONE Those last two efforts are decent enough to be considered here. Has a wide draw, so Tetrick must find a way into it.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 4-11-6-3
H Horse Comment
1 SKYWAY SHANIA Gets some much needed post position improvement. Had no chance last time. With a trip, maybe he can sneak into it.
2 MISS ANNALISE Another exiting the Free For All class at Scarborough, so continue to track the others. Form has been OK. Maybe.
3 SAD STORY Mare has shown plenty of early speed and she has been finishing well lately too. Expect her to make the lead here. Using.
4 LIZZIE’S DREAM Finished a good 2nd behind a well meant winner last time. I like the draw in this 12 horse field. A handful with a trip.
5 JK RU BETTOR YET Just 2 for 31 last year and coming off a sick scratch. She’ll need to find one of her better races from here with a trip.
6 CAROLSTERN Came from an impossible spot to win last time at 119-1. This field is actually softer than her last. She can repeat here.
7 MATTIES GEM Another Rosecroft invader so keep tabs on the others. She doesn’t have speed, so she will be at the mercy of the pace.
8 CHARTREUSE HANOVER Last effort against similar was a sub-par effort and she will need to step her game up to contend now.
9 I LUV IT Getting a bit of class relief but her last effort doesn’t give me much confidence. I need to see another start before I can consider.
10 SHE’S WICKED GOOD Last effort was just OK and now she draws the widest post in a loaded field without much speed. Needs more.
11 JOYFUL YEARS Got aggressive last week and it didn’t work out. Post 11 should find her in a cover flow. She might be a sneaky play here.
12 FRISKIE BEAUTY Tired badly last time and her inability to finish well is a concern given the long stretch here. Looks like a longshot.