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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 Saturday, June 01, 2013

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 1-6-4-2
H Horse Comment
1 FEELING YOU Mare threw in a clunker in The Betsy Ross, but it is not easy to win at Philly with that type of trip. She can be better now.
2 GINGER AND FRED Had no chance from post 10 last week, but she was finishing well. She will be closer tonight. Toss into exotics.
3 BETTOR B LUCKY Good to see her rebound with a sharp qualifier. I believe her best work comes on a smaller track. Still, Gingras’ choice.
4 ROMANTIC MOMENT Toss out that Betsy Ross as she had a nightmare trip. Keep in mind the year she had in 2012. Not without a chance.
5 SWINGING BEAUTY She has been racing at a level below this without dominating. This looks like a difficult spot for her. Longshot.
6 ANNDROVETTE She has been a different Anndrovette this year, not showing her typical speed. I think we’ll see it tonight. The chalk.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 3-7-2-4
H Horse Comment
1 SUPER CLASSIC He has been well-beaten in all four starts so far this year and catches a potential monster in the Final. Longshot.
2 CORKY He hasn’t been able to solve ‘Eli in the last 2 starts and it looks as though he will need to find something more to win this time.
3 SMILIN ELI I am trying not to get too much into the hype, but he is making it hard not to. A potential star and a deserving favorite.
4 KING MUSCLES He was able to tow along and earn a share last week. Just not sure we can expect him to jump up and win this.
5 TIMO DEO Regressed into a mistake last time. His prior effort makes him a fringe exotics contender in this field. Needs very best.
6 AMALFI COAST Has made a break in both Sire Stakes starts so far. He looks like the longshot of this field once again.
7 MUSCLE MOUNTAIN Gave it a good try against the favorite last time and he looks like the obvious threat to the favorite, if there is one.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 1-5-2-7
H Horse Comment
1 AWESOME ARMBRO N He doesn’t want to go first over and that is what happened last week. He won’t be 7/5, but still might be the chalk.
2 BEAU RIVAGE N Those are three consecutive decent efforts at Yonkers. He has won on a bigger track before and he fits in this field.
3 REDNECK OUTLAW Exits a very strong qualifier. He is very lightly raced in these past 2 years and he is one I will be watching closely.
4 BLADE RUNNER He has tailed off dramatically in his last two starts and I would recommend seeing some sign of form reversal now.
5 FORENSIC Z TAM He was 2nd in a 1:51.4 mile when last seen here. Throw out his last start, I think that makes him a contender here.
6 FREDDY DAY HANOVER While it is good to see some improvement, he is supposed to beat a nw5000 event at Freehold. Watching one.
7 TOUGH LOVE Just 1 for 41 in the past 2 years which is a concern. That said, I think he has been facing better and he fits in this field.
8 FIRE ESCAPE Won two starts back and comes out of the same race as ‘Freddy. I am not a fan of Freddy here, so I can’t land here.
9 BOX CAR JOHNNIE Gelding is pretty sharp right now and his speed should get him away from this post. Can he pace in 1:52? We’ll see.
10 ALA CARTE BILL This race is more on the line of a $12,500 claimer, so I would call this a significant step up in class. Longshot here.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 2-6-9-8
H Horse Comment
1 TIME TO KILL She has been disappointing so far this year and this barn is 0 for 35 as well. Hard to endorse her at this point.
2 SOUTHWIND COCOA I like what I saw from her last year and I still believe this filly is high on talent. Might put it all together tonight.
3 WORLD TOUR She has been in-tough in this Sire Stakes and she will need a lifetime best to step up and win this. A longshot.
4 VIDA DE VIE She raced as a well as could have been expected last time. With a smooth trip, she can fight her way to a minor award.
5 VINTAGE OAKS Could not duplicate her Leg 1 try last time and wasn’t going well when she broke. She needs to rebound here.
6 MISS STEELE No shot in leg 1 and she endured a tough trip in leg 2. This filly could be sitting on a peak effort and might offer value now.
7 LADY DYNAMITE Her form has gone in the wrong direction. They tried her on the lead last time and that didn’t work either. Longshot.
8 SILVER CREDIT Liked her quite a bit last week and she couldn’t have looked much better. Can she get that dream trip again?
9 SHARED PAST Can’t knock this filly and can’t knock this barn. She has big time speed, too. Clearly, she is the one to beat as the chalk.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 6-2-1-7
H Horse Comment
1 ETHAN HANOVER Sneaky good effort last time and he catches a field that he can do some damage in. Looking for another good effort.
2 BREAKIN THE LAW He has been facing better and this class drop looks awfully imposing in this field. Top contender at a short price.
3 RELENTLESS DREAMER What happened last week? He never got involved. Could it be that Campbell is that important to him? Maybe.
4 PRINCE SHARKA Aggressively driven last week and just got collared in the stretch. Hard to come up in 27.3 on the lead and miss a check.
5 BUCKEYE IN CHARGE Dominant win last time, but now moves back up to the C-1 level, which has proven a bit tough for him in the past.
6 ROLLWITHITHARRY Caught a buzz-saw in Allstar Legend last time and he was 5th at 5/2 at this level before. Not without a chance here.
7 MOVIE IDOL Good effort last time but he could not chase down Mighty Young Joe. A contender with a trip in a wide open race.
8 A BETTOR WORLD Not sure what has happened to him since that Series at The Meadowlands. Lambert will drive himself now.
9 IM FULLA LUCK N Not bad last time and this was Tetrick’s choice over Art Of Illusion. Not sold on a win, but I will use in deep exotics.
10 ART OF ILLUSION Interesting that Tetrick opted to Im Fulla Luck, when this horse won against nw12000, and that foe was 4th at that level.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 1-5-2-6
H Horse Comment
1 ALL SPEED HANOVER That was the kind of effort I wanted to see. Take back and finish well. Pierce’s choice of 3. Expect much more.
2 PEMBROKE DEWEY Gelding was a good 2nd in a very sharp mile on 5/18. That last race was a bit much for him. He can be better here.
3 BOLDER Coming off a sick scratch last time and his prior two efforts against tough company were not up to par. Needs a rebound here.
4 GAMBLER’S TALE Back to back solid tries, but that wasn’t enough to lure Pierce. That said, I think he can be used in some gimmicks.
5 TOWNSLIGHT HANOVER Finished a very good 2nd behind a very fast horse last time. Tetrick was originally listed, but Berry drives.
6 FANTADDY Which horse is going to show up? The one that can be razor sharp or the one that can make a mistake? Might offer value.
7 ALED HANOVER Got a nice confidence builder last time at Philly and returns in what is a pretty tough spot. He has a shot to hit the board.
8 SIR ZIGGY’S Z TAM When last seen here, he was racing against better, but that last race is a concern. Still is 0 for 14 on the season.
9 MIGHTY YOUNG JOE Stepping up off a win, and it was an impressive victory at that. Traditionally, this has proven too tough a spot.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 7-5-2-1
H Horse Comment
1 CAMILLE Gingras had a choice between the 2 Burke trainees and opted to Rocklamation. Her best puts her in the picture. Tough call.
2 DROP THE BALL I really don’t think she wants to be on the lad and she should be tighter for this spot. She is prime rebound candidate.
3 MAJOR LOOK I probably would have needed to see her win one of her last 3 starts to consider her a win contender in this tough field.
4 ROYAL CEE CEE N She is very sharp right now and I really liked her effort in the Betsy Ross. She might move forward on a bigger track.
5 ECONOMY TERROR Jumped up with a big effort last time out, defeating several of these. She is one of many that can win this event.
6 KRISPY APPLE Nice rebound effort last time and her best can put her right in the mix. Just not sure she is sitting on a peak effort here.
7 ROCKLAMATION If her last 2 are any indication, she might be primed for a much better effort. Might have to do it from last here.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 1-7-10-5
H Horse Comment
1 ROCKIN AMADEUS Took a week off last time, but he has picked up right where he left off. Draws inside and looms as the one to beat.
2 ROCNROLWILNEVERDIE Added Lasix last time and raced a little bit better. If they roll along up front, things might set up for him to close.
3 ROCKS N BONDS Just missed last time, but that field featured a 1/9 favorite that broke behind the gate. Not expecting a repeat of that.
4 IMA GIGGITY FOOL Echo the sentiments of Rocks N Bonds here and he will need an even better effort to contend in the Final.
5 EMERITUS MAXIMUS Caught a shuffle behind a horse that slowed dramatically on the turn and was finishing well. Might offer value.
6 REAL ROCKER Pulled off the upset last week, but again that was the race with the 1/9 favorite that did not factor. Not anticipating repeat.
7 JOHNY ROCK Broke through with an impressive score last time and he is clearly one of the prime win contenders again. Cannot dismiss.
8 ROCKY MOUNTAIN GUY Did a good job to make the Final, but he is going to need a career best effort if he is going to win this race.
9 LUCAN HANOVER He is probably going to offer a better price than he should. He loses Miller, but I guess he is the longshot to use here.
10 WAKE UP PETER Why he broke is a mystery. Post 10 is not going to help, but he certainly has the talent to win this race. Expect better.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 9-7-8-3
H Horse Comment
1 ALLSTAR LEGEND Remember when he finished 3rd in The Meadowlands Pace last year? He is going right to the front. Major contender.
2 COBALT MAN Continues to race well, but this is going to be a tough assignment on the move up in class. Needs absolute best here.
3 SPECIAL T ROCKS Gets some post improvement here and he was sharp before that sick scratch. Interesting piece to a complex puzzle.
4 K SLATER His last two efforts do not bode particularly well for this event and Andy Miller opted to go elsewhere. Appears up against it.
5 SOUTHWESTERN DREAM He only shows one dull effort recently, the problem is that it came here and this race is very tough!
6 URGENT ACTION Seems to always take some play here, but this is a tougher field than he has faced before. Needs to mind his manners!
7 PENCE HANOVER Continues to race very well and fits into this field and his 5 wins this year look good in this spot as well. Major player.
8 CASIMIR JITTERBUG He has been in some tough fields lately. He excelled at similar levels in Canada earlier this year. Don’t sell short.
9 STATESMAN A No shot last time at Yonkers from post 8. His prior efforts were pretty solid and he has raced well here already. Player.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 2-7-8-1
H Horse Comment
1 FRED AND GINGER He might be in the best form of his career and he has a win in this series under his belt. Race well in Indiana last week.
1A DYNAMIC YOUTH He was very impressive defeating a short field last time. This is going to be much tougher but this is a nice entry.
2 SWEET LOU That was a big rally to chase down Warrawee Needy last week and he is back and as good as ever. Perfect post, too.
2A HILLBILLY HANOVER He was 72-1 against just 4YO’s when last seen and this field is tougher than that. He will need his best effort.
3 PET ROCK He has to be ready with 4 qualifiers under his belt. I think this horse will have a big season, but he may need a start.
4 MODERN LEGEND I like that they are giving this gelding a chance at this level. He was OK in Leg 1. This is a tougher field top to bottom.
5 HURRIKANE KINGCOLE Such a frustrating horse as he has so much speed, but what happened in Indiana? I will be watching him now.
6 DANCIN YANKEE Nothing wrong with being 2nd to Golden Receiver a couple of weeks ago. I am not sure this will provide a similar result.
7 GOLDEN RECEIVER I think this will be his toughest test to date. Especially if Warrawee Needy presses him early. It’ll be interesting!
8 WARRAWEE NEEDY He was a hard-luck 2nd last time and we know he has to leave the gate. Makes for a lively early pace. Contender.
9 DIAL OR NODIAL He is flying under the radar as he continues to race very well. Second-tier doesn’t help. Will have to navigate well.
10 BETTOR’S EDGE That was a good 2nd place effort in a select, but talented field. Post will be tough, but I might toss him on some tickets.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-6-5
H Horse Comment
1 I LUV THE NIGHTLIFE Don’t be too hard on her for just holding on, that was her first start back. Expect her to be even better tonight.
2 AUTHORIZE That was a disappointing effort last time, granted the trip was tough. Expect her to sit in and hope to earn a share.
3 O NARUTAC ROCKETTE Made a break early in the mile last time, but make no mistake, this filly has talent. I will be using her.
4 JK LETITGO She was a bit better last time, but she will need even more to step up and win this. She looks like a longshot here.
5 MS CAILA J FRA This filly is in career form right now. Can she duplicate her last effort and win this? If you like her, the price will be right.
6 JERSEYLICIOUS She probably shouldn’t have lost last week, but ‘Caila had a perfect trip to beat her. She is a logical contender again.
7 PANERA HANOVER She has not factored in either of her 2 efforts in the Sire Stakes so far. She needs a peak effort in this field.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 4-1-10-2
H Horse Comment
1 DINA’S GAMBLE Nice win last week and gets Callahan right back in the sulky. This is a wide open race, and he is a major contender.
2 ROCKNROLL JEWEL Steps in off a win, like three others in here. Remember he dropped out of a C-1 last time to win at this level.
3 RED STAR TOMAHAWK That was a gritty win last week and he is racing very well right now. Off that win, he is another contender.
4 BOLERO ANDREW He is the favorite. That was as impressive a drop and pop win as you will see. Looms as the one to beat again.
5 ALL MY LIFE Continues to race very well and that was a good try last week at 13-1. He’ll need his very best to win this event.
6 A PLACE IN HISTORY He was flat out flying last week and just missed to ‘Tomahawk. Good post and he has a shot to hit the ticket.
7 HANG TEN Chased Dina last time, to no avail. He has to find a way to turn the tables on that foe and step up against the other contenders.
8 PALM’S BEACH Well beaten by ‘Andrew last week and he will need to make up those six lengths and then some in here.
9 BLUE CLAW Good effort to this the ticket last time, but this is going to be much tougher and I think he is up against it in this spot.
10 ESPRIT DE KAYJAY A There is a chance he can fly home from far back, but will he be able to pass this entire field. Use underneath.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 3-8-6-2
H Horse Comment
1 YES YOUR MATTJESTY Recent races have been less than good and he is just 1 for 18 on the year. Needs a turnaround in here.
2 OLDE TIME HOCKEY Miller knew what he was doing taking him last week and he chooses him once again. He must like this horse!
3 MONTERO BLUE CHIP This is a rapidly developing Toscano trainee which is always a dangerous angle. Do not sell this horse too short.
4 ONLY THE LONELY He merits strong consideration has he is dropping out of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. Looms as a tough favorite.
5 SEEK THE DRAGON Exits a strong qualifier, but was beaten a long way, so that makes it a tough read. I will watch this time.
6 DON’T YA KNOW That was a much improved effort last time and he might me the improving type that offers decent value. Has a chance.
7 BEACHFRONT Consistently shows speed, but his stamina remains an issue. I need to see some more durability to consider him here.
8 PAPPY’S PAL Exits the same race as Don’t Ya Know, and they seem to go hand in hand in this field. I think this race came up tougher.
9 VISA VIPER Getting some class relief, so that warrants some attention. He needs to race back to that first mile of the year. Needs best.
10 PHENOMENON Just don’t see a way that Allard will get him into the race. He needs to blast from here, and I don’t think that will work.
14 Fourteenth Race Entries
Picks: 8-6-9-7
H Horse Comment
1 BEWARE OF DARKNESS He consistently shows good early speed, but those 30-second final quarters just don’t work. Needs more.
2 LUCKY CADET Racing at the lower levels at Freehold and has not been winning there either. Just 1 for his last 25. Longshot.
3 CC RACY Last two starts just don’t look good. Remember, this gelding won here last year in 1:50. Needs to find that form again.
4 TREY Stepping up from a $6,000 claimer and that makes him a tough sell to begin with. I need to see more from this gelding.
5 REFLECTION OF BLUE Recent races at Monticello just don’t seem to stack up here and he will need a turnaround to contend.
6 VAVOOMSTER If I throw out that last race, he will fit in this field. Like the work he did in that series and he seems plenty fast enough.
7 PASS THE DECK Back to back solid tries and off those two miles I think he fits in this field. I expect we will see some speed tonight.
8 ANDY BARAN Another coming off a good try and he was sent off as the favorite at this level 2 starts back. He is a contender now.
9 RILEYS LUCK Those $15,000 claimers look tougher than the field he is facing here and I expect him to move forward in this spot.
10 CSARDAS Nice effort last time at Freehold, but he is stepping up from that level and I am just not sure he is fast enough for here.