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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, February 06, 2014

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 7-6-5-9
H Horse Comment
1 DELCREST BIG RED Beaten 23 lengths when last seen at this level. Things don’t get much easier in this group. Sits and tows along.
2 LOUISE KEMP These NYSS types are hit or miss when turning 4. Qualifier indicates this mare may need a start. Wait and see approach.
3 LAZY BONES Last race was an improvement, but he will still need to go faster. That 1 for 25 lifetime mark doesn’t help his case either.
4 ALL TROT Have to think that Silva is going to try to get him around the track without breaking. Has talent, but need to see him stay flat.
5 DOT DOT DOT DASH Just caught a very good mare last time, but raced well. If she can build off that effort, she can contend here.
6 YOU ROCK MY WORLD The post did him in last time as he likes to be forwardly placed. Vies for favoritism, but is just 1 for 32. Player.
7 CAJOLE HANOVER The best horse in the race and his odds will reflect that. He comes with a risk, as he can break anytime. One to beat.
8 MR MYSTERIO Another that can make a break at anytime, but his best just doesn’t look good enough in this group. Looms a longshot.
9 ABBIE’SGOTATTITUDE Horse he beat last time came back to win a nw3 on 1/30. If favorites falter, he could be overlooked in here.
10 CRAZELYN Sent off at 34-1 last time and was beaten 28 lengths. Now, loses Gingras and moves outside. Appears up against it.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 4-8-7-9
H Horse Comment
1 FIRE AND SMOKE Added Lasix and responded with a good effort last time. This will be tougher, but he is not without a chance here.
2 ODDS ON SERPENS Probably needed that first start back. But it will take a lifetime best effort to win this. Watching for future consideration.
3 DINNER AT THE MET Coming off a win, but that was a very soft field he beat. I just think Shadow Margeaux is a bit better right now.
4 ROCK FAME Yet to get on track, which surprises me, because I liked his qualifiers in December. I think there is more here. Upset package.
5 ASTON BLUE CHIP He is going to have to take a giant leap forward in his second start to contend here. Still needs time to develop.
6 LEOPARD SHARK In to go Tuesday, which is after this review was written. Debut wasn’t bad. Miller goes elsewhere thought. Not yet.
7 INNOCENT VICTIM Likely needed that start and this is a gelding I anticipate will get better with time. Interesting in this particular field.
8 SHADOW MARGEAUX He is strictly the one to beat. Moves to the Saunders barn. Bought for $33k at January sale. Fastest of this group.
9 ROCK STAR He was going to win last time before he made that break. If Bongiorno can keep him flat, he rates a look in this field. Player.
10 NEW KIND Coming out of a couple of tough races at Dover. Post doesn’t help as he will need to stay close from this tough outside draw.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 8-9-6-10
H Horse Comment
1 WONDER BUNS Just doesn’t stat flat unless she is qualifying. I need to see her get around the track before I can consider. Longshot.
2 LEIGH ANN Showed solid speed last time, but had nothing left in the stretch. She will need to find more late in the mile to contend.
3 MACK’S MOLLY HALL Stayed in and towed along for a share last time. I have to think that result is her ceiling in this spot. Minor award.
4 MISS LEE Just has not been able to race back to that win at Pocono. I need to see some improvement before I can consider using her.
5 REL POSTAGE DUE Third place finisher from that QUA was 3rd in a $4,000 Claimer at Monticello. Barn change for this mare. Tricky call.
6 EAGLE SAY Welcome back Timmy T. Her effort 2 starts back would put her in the mix here. But she also comes with the risk of a miscue.
7 BLUEBIRD KIDSQUEEN Better last time while out-racing her odds at 43-1. If she can build off that, she can compete here. Exotics player.
8 CHANGED IT ALL Moving down to the level of her most recent win. That effort wins this. Marohn picks up drive on the horse to beat.
9 AMERICASH EXPRESS Showed the kind of improvement you want to see in her second start back. Another move forward and lookout.
10 LATTE HALL If she stays trotting, she can be involved in this group. Not thrilled about the post, but inclined to use underneath here.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 9-2-3-6
H Horse Comment
1 IN KENNY’S HONOR Never a fan of picking this gelding on top. Expect him to tow along the pylons and sneak into a minor award.
2 DRIVE ‘EM COWBOY Wasn’t bad in that first start off the qualifier and isn’t facing a very tough group here. Looks like a major contender.
3 CHECKINTHEBOX The driver change to Tetrick is going attract plenty of attention. Seems to hold a class edge on many of these as well.
4 DOIN TIME TOGETHER His recent form makes him a very tough play. But, he can jump up with a better effort without warning. Tricky.
5 CASINO KING Has actually taken some play in those last two starts, but his last effort just isn’t going to be enough to get it done here.
6 RACIN BEST Moves to a new barn here and certainly qualified well for Abbatiello. Appears to be the wild card of this group. Interesting.
7 PUT IT IN GEAR Just is not in the kind of form that I can recommend playing at this time. Needs a form reversal before I can consider.
8 TAYLORLANE CRUISER Has not been able to race back to that win at Yonkers. Needs to step up with a better effort at this point.
9 T M TOP GUN If he can race back to that mile on 1/9, he can be a factor in here. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Campbell get aggressive.
10 BOBJACKS ANGLE A Better last time, but his lack of speed is a concern. I don’t think he can win this race coming from last. Underneath.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 8-5-3-4
H Horse Comment
1 TERROR RISING Better last time while out-racing her odds. She loses Miller now and I think this field is a little bit tougher on paper.
2 DELIGHTFUL DIVA We saw horses at the B-1 level at Freehold struggle at the C-1 level here. She was only 3-1 here on 12/27 though.
3 DELICIOUSLYNAUGHTY Good effort last time. I like the way she was finishing that mile, too. Loses Miller, but still is a major threat here.
4 DRAGON PRINCESS I am waiting for her to break through and win. Last mile was disappointing. Still, I will not let her beat me here.
5 DRAGON RUFFLES Gets the tepid call as the favorite in here. Last was no good, but she is dropping in class here. Expecting better now.
6 BROOKLYNS BEST She only shows one mile in her recent performances that would catch my eye here. Needs to take a leap forward.
7 DAY TO PONDER She was a touch better last time. I expect her to continue to improve, but still feel a win is out of reach at the moment.
8 UP FRONT CRUISER Wouldn’t shock me if the class drop wakes her up and she wins this easily. But her last pair have been bad. Tough.
9 A PERFECT DEO Not a factor at this level. This barn has had a great meet, but this mare likely needs a couple of starts before considering.
10 ALBANIAN ERA This mare had a nice 2013 season, but her recent form just doesn’t appeal. Only 1 start in the last 6 weeks too.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 2-5-8-9
H Horse Comment
1 WESTERN TRADEMARK Only 1 start in the last 6 weeks, which came one month ago. Still, he figures to contend at this level.
2 YANKEE DEVIL Off his last mile, I could see him winning or being wildly overbet, or both. Still, I will take the bait and put him on top.
3 TERROR HIGH He was a bit better last time on the class drop. But he should have been much better. I am watching closely this time.
4 COME ON RIDGE Last pair of starts are not particularly encouraging and I need to see some improvement before I can consider.
5 BOLERO ANDREW Likely goes off favored based on the class drop. He is the best horse in the race, but is also far from a lock in here.
6 WESTERN TSUNAMI Loses Miller and Capone will be doing the driving himself. Based on that, I will be keeping tabs for later on.
7 FOUR STARZ ALEX Form has been in and out recently. He appears to be a pace factor, but I am not sold he will last until the finish.
8 SENOR GRANDE That last field he raced against was a mile better than this group. He appears fast enough on paper. Wouldn’t shock me.
9 WHEELAWAY Not bad at all last time, but this C-2 came up particularly tough. Still, he I sharp and I wouldn’t be leaving off my tickets.
10 BUCKEYE IN CHARGE Post is no going to help and based on his previous effort from this draw, I will be treading lightly this time.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 4-2-6-5
H Horse Comment
1 TRUEY’S LEGACY Yes, he won when he was supposed to. But, he was all out and didn’t look that good to me. Playing against this time.
2 YOU BET YOUR GLASS Good effort on the move up as this 11YO seems to really be on top of his game. Looks like a must include here.
3 TIDEWATER TEDDY Nothing wrong with that qualifier, but I still think we are best served watching this start and keeping tabs for later.
4 ALEX BULLVILLE Tough trip last time and he hung in gamely to earn a check. With a better trip, he can obviously land a big part of this.
5 ROCK THE WIND Made two moves last time and tired in the stretch. He was overbet in that spot. I expect him to earn a minor award here.
6 MCSTRAIGHT Has not raced well since November, which is a concern. Still, this barn has been very sharp. Adds value to exotics here.
7 SHEER BRILLIANCE Really disappointed by his last mile. He can rebound, but I wouldn’t want to take anything close to a short price.
8 RELENTLESS DREAMER Found the move up to this level a bit too tough last time. Expecting a similar trip and result in this group.
9 RINGO Seems to have tailed off now. Bought for $15,500 at the January sale, but not expecting a return on dividends here. Longshot.
10 ON THE RADAR Stepping back up to a level that proved too tough in the past. Appears up against it, despite the confidence builder.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 2-6-7-5
H Horse Comment
1 YES YOUR MATTJESTY Both efforts here were at the C-1 level. This is softer. But that last effort at Monticello is troubling. Conflicted.
2 AMILLIONPENNIES That $25,000 Claiming Handicap is a better field than this. Picks up Gingras as well. I expect a much better effort.
3 ROO ROO RUSTY Starting to believe that runner-up effort was an aberration. Just has not been able to duplicate that form since.
4 THE GREEN KNIGHT Only one qualifier off a substantial layoff. I have to expect him to need a couple of starts before hitting his stride.
5 FRESH DREAM He would have been a major player if not for the miscue last time. I will forgive that mile and expect much better here.
6 AIRBURST HANOVER He looks like a handful off his last effort as Ryder seems to have him figured out. Will be tough to hold off in here.
7 HRUBYS N LUCK Last race wasn’t terrible and he is getting some needed class relief. No Callahan tonight, but he will be very tough.
8 TUNE ME OUT Beaten a long way last time at 29-1. More worrisome is that the drop in class did not help. Cannot recommend now.
9 LONG FIGHT HANOVER Almost pulled off the shocker last time. This field is not that tough and Di Nozzi has won with him before here.
10 SISSBOOMBAH Was sent off at over 81-1 last week and he did not factor. Now from post 10, he is a very tough play. Not sold on chances.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 2-4-3-9
H Horse Comment
1 SPECTATOR K Not bad last time. His races have been rather sporadic. Will like to see him get a couple of consecutive starts into him.
2 QUANTUM LIGHTNING Never saw the pylons last time. Now moves inside and picks up Gingras. There are angles to like with this guy.
3 MARCUS BI Caught a brutal shuffle last time and was finishing quite well. Expecting him to be a contender from start to finish this time.
4 HOLD ON TIGHTLY Good try last week racing on the front end. This is a very good spot for him and he will be a logical contender again.
5 WINEMASTER HANOVER He was a little bit better last time, but I didn’t see enough to splurge on the win-end. Still, will include a bit.
6 MAJESTIC STONE He should have been better last time, I thought. There is a better effort coming, just not sure that it will be tonight.
7 REPEAT YOUR ABC’S Did not exit the tougher of the Super Bowl divisions and really didn’t factor. I’m not expecting marked improvement.
8 RUSH N SUPREME Should have been good last time but made a bad break at the start. If he stays trotting, he is a logical contender..if.
9 FOX VALLEY LEGEND Total wild card as he is a recent acquisition for these connections. Like how he finishes, but may need a race.
10 R SAM Pair of decent tries at this level. He doesn’t pack much speed so the post is a concern. Underneath appears the right spot for him.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 7-1-2-3
H Horse Comment
1 GRATIAS DEO Turned a perfect trip into a rather easy win last time. Loses Gingras, but if he can work out a good trip, he is a contender.
2 BOILER BOB THE QB He can win this race easily, but at a short price, I will try to beat him on the win-end. Just hasn’t been as good.
3 ARTIST POINT I think he is still racing at a level just a touch higher than where he can do his best work. But, he can pick up a piece.
4 MAJOR GRACE Gets some class relief, but he is always at the mercy of the pace and trip. Must stay closer if he is to contend for the win.
5 JOEY JOOKISS Showed substantial improvement last time, but now he loses Zeron. Believers will still get a decent price. Maybe a share.
6 TWINSCAPE Hard to recommend off either of his last pair of starts. He was sent off at 104-1 last time as well. Not on my tickets.
7 RACING ROCKY My top selection. Has responded nicely to the lasix and is progressing well. Expect speed and stamina this time around.
8 DELCO WILLOBEE Must prove that 96-1 win was no fluke. That price is gone and if you didn’t have him last time, play against this time.
9 PASSIONATE TERROR This is a tougher assignment than what he has been facing at Monticello. Need to see a start to see how he fits.
10 PIECE OF ARTWORK Has not shown much in either start here so far and I will wait for signs of improvement before I can consider.