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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 Friday, July 11, 2014

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 7-1-5-9
H Horse Comment
1 DEMOISELLE HANOVER She is the class of the race. The sister to Donato Hanover catches a field she can beat, but the price is short.
2 MUSCERENE I like that he showed speed last time. That could be a good tightener for tonight. Note, he is stepping up in class though.
3 QUIET GIANT Hasn’t been able to duplicate that win against maiden company. Faces a stiffer test here. I want to see improvement now.
4 HERROYALHIGHNESS Has been long odds in both starts this year, without much of an impact. Needs to step up his game considerably.
5 SCACCO MATTO Which trotter shows up? Either way it is a pure guess. His best effort is good enough to win this race. Still a risky play.
6 WALK THE WALK We all know he has speed. Stamina is the issue though. I am not sold that he will take this field wire to wire now.
7 JJ ALEX He is exiting better races, including the non-winners of 2 event on the 27th. Winner of that would be odds-on here. Key contender.
8 LOVE TALK Obviously was overmatched by Designed To Be. This is a much softer spot and she raced well at this level before. Player.
9 VANITY MATTERS Coming off a solid try at Pocono. Beaten by a filly that is racing in The Del Miller on Saturday. Picks up Zeron. Using.
10 ANGELS RANSOM Has faced tougher in his last pair and the results reflect that. Now has to overcome post 10 as well. Tough assignment.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 4-6-8-1
H Horse Comment
1 EDWARD TEACH Full-brother to Fiyonce who is currently a three year old with earnings of $129k. He is just the second foal. Dam was a nice race mare, earning over $364k. From the family of Freedom Hanover ($443k). Major class relief here.
2 THIS ONES FOR DOC All 3 siblings are winners, including 1:49.4 performer Andrew Luck. From the family of Livestrong ($579k) and Myluvmylife ($454k). I see some upside potential in his pedigree. Cost $39,000 at Harrisburg.
3 TERRORIZE THE MOON A kin to one winner from two siblings. Dam was unraced. Cost only $4,000 at Lexington. Haven’t seen enough.
4 ROCKIN JIMMY A half-brother to Big Daddy Woo Woo (Ft Apache Hanover) who earned $256k. From the family of Fox Valley Devious ($569k). Cost $24,000 at The Illinois Classic Sale. A lot of buzz about Rockin Image there as a stallion. Top selection.
5 POOL HALL Full brother to Valentino ($760k). Four of five siblings to race have earned over $100k. Hasn’t show pedigree just yet.
6 AMERICAN CROSSROAD Not much to report in the way of siblings. Dam is a kin to Art Professor ($591k). Mornings look good so far.
7 FAST MOVIN TRAIN A kin to Sir Lb’s Z Tam ($156k). Dam is a half-sister to Steinam’s Place ($1.4 Million). Obviously must improve.
8 VEGAS ROCKS From the family of Stonebridge Kisses ($1 Million). Cost $45,000 at Lexington. Improved with class relief last time out.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 10-9-3-7
H Horse Comment
1 CASHAHALLIC Enters this off a win at Scioto, but now ships across country into a tougher spot off a 3 week layoff. Watching this one.
2 SUGAR QUEEN GABBY Has no speed off that gate and she hasn’t displayed the same stretch burst as years before. Bad combination.
3 CHINESE CUISINE Quickly drops back down to the level of his win. He was 7/2 that night. Likely to take plenty of action. Key contender.
4 MOVE IT MOVE IT Gelding has always had most of his success on the smaller tracks. Did enough to pick up a check last time. Longshot.
5 JERSEY BOY He has been facing what look like better fields than this recently. Perfect post and he should work out a solid trip, too.
6 MR RIDGETAKER He does show a win at this level less than 2 months ago. The Flower Child proved a little tough. Mixed feelings now.
7 SINA Given some time to freshen up after tiring in The Flower Child. There is not much speed here, so she should take them a long way.
8 IT REALLY MATTERS Gelding has some talent, but is also prone to the miscue. He also has speed. Looms a contender if he stays trotting.
9 CROSBYS CLAM BAKE Just missed to Dnieper last time who came out of that race to win again on the class hike. Gets Zeron. Player.
10 BORN TO FLIGHT Last two attempts at this level resulted in a win and runner-up finish. Has already overcome this post. Gets Miller. Pick.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 4-10-3-2
H Horse Comment
1 KEN DOLL J Filly seems to have trouble staying on-stride. Exits a key qualifier but this field came up very strong for this class. Tricky call.
2 ANEGADA Also exiting the NYSS circuit for this softer spot. Her record stands at just 1 for 13. Will be using underneath but not on top.
3 HIGHLAND ROCKSTAR Raced admirably in the NJSS. A little concerned with the 1 for 14 record, but this filly is fast enough to win this.
4 ATSALLRITE HANOVER Filly has been knocking heads with some tough competition. She is better than most of these. Must be included.
5 H-ANDNHARLEYTHEJET Brings some solid Plainridge form to the table. Typically, I prefer to see a start here before considering.
6 WELL MAID Yet to hit the board in 12 lifetime starts and is yet to show improvement. Looms the longshot of this field once again.
7 EASTER SURPRIZE Just missed last time, but note that race wasn’t coming home all that fast. Six slices compared to just one win also.
8 MAGNIFIQUE See how she fared Wednesday at Pocono as she was in to go. Pocono form has been solid. Looks like a fringe player.
9 TEMPTATION HANOVER Exits a strong qualifier. She has shown flashes of ability but her form has been very sporadic. Watching one.
10 IT WAS FASCINATION This filly obviously has some class to her. Exits a couple of good races. Plenty fast enough. Post is only concern.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 6-4-1-8
H Horse Comment
1 RZ JOLT Continues to earn checks at this level, but is struggling to break through on the win-end. Picks up Zeron. Soft field. Contender.
2 GRAY OLIVES Recent form has not been up to par. Seems to be at her best at Freehold now. Has also been off for one month.
3 MC GILLACUDY-HENRY Was never involved last time while sent off at 88-1. Would need to make a big leap forward to contend.
4 CHEYENNE MIRIAM She was in a very soft spot last time and broke for what appeared to be no reason. I expect her to rebound this time.
5 FOUR STARZ TROP Wasn’t able to beat the bottom level at Ocean Downs. Typically, that doesn’t bode well for a venture here.
6 MOJARRA HANOVER Looks like the horse to beat here. She has been facing better and note her win on May 30th. Top selection now.
7 UPFRONTWHOSURLADY Winless streak stands at 16 so far this year. Tioga trip didn’t go as planned either. Will need to improve here.
8 PERSUASIVE HANOVER Making her second start back off the qualifier so she has a right to improve. Expect her to be a little better.
9 ORPHAN ANNIE Struggling at the $12,500 claiming level at Yonkers. Has not won a race since 8/2/2012. Not sold on her chances.
10 MY QP DOLL Out-raced her odds last time, granted she didn’t finish up very strong. Post makes things tricky. Expecting speed again.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 6-7-5-4
H Horse Comment
1 SIMPLE SAVER N Kicks off a very contentious field. Note, she was solid at this level before. Inclined to use at what could be a price.
2 MAJOR LOOK She had a tough trip last time. That said, she was 19-1 at this level two starts back. I think she is up against it now.
3 MONTENEGRO Enters this off back to back wins. Gets a test for class now as she tackled a tough group of mares. Mare is very sharp.
4 SCANDALOUS HANOVER She was a very good 2nd behind a mare that is in The Golden Girls on Saturday. Looms a key contender.
5 JK LETITGO The move to the top level has been a bit too much for her. She gets some class relief here and could be very dangerous.
6 SWINGING BEAUTY Always liked this mare. She was left with too much to do last time. Note that she gets Pierce. Top selection now.
7 JINGLEJANGLEJINGLE Also exiting that tough Free For All. Her previous form was very good. She might offer a square price too.
8 MARTY PARTY I would have liked to have seen more from her last time. Previously, she was racing quite well. Mixed feelings for this.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 2-3-6-9
H Horse Comment
1 PARADISE LOST Rebounded nicely in her last 3 starts in Delaware. She comes back to a softer spot than when we last saw here. Maybe.
2 BEST BOSS Always felt she was at her best when able to stretch out her legs on the bigger ovals. Toss out the last. Top contender here.
3 UF DRAGON’S QUEEN A rather dominant win last time. She draws well and her speed will carry her a long way as well. Key player.
4 CLEAR VIEW HANOVER She may have needed another start. This mare is going to cycle back around. Could be worth a flyer tonight.
5 DELIGHTFUL DRAGON Lightly raced three year old won the Three Diamonds last year. This is an odd spot for her. Wild card of this field.
6 CAROLSIDEAL A little worried she may be overbet off that last mile. She typically does her best at the level just below this. Including a bit.
7 ACE OF PACE Mare seems to have speed. That said, I really didn’t see an excuse last time at Yonkers. Don’t see her wiring this group.
8 JADED DREAM The other three year old exits the NYSS for this. Difficult call facing older mares. Inclined to watch this time around.
9 SOCIAL SCENE Mare that beat her in last is in The Golden Girls on Saturday. Does lose Miller tonight, though. Using in exotics here.
10 LORRIE PLEASE She was OK two starts back at this level. Still, she is not back to the form we saw this winter. Likely to show speed.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 7-6-2-3
H Horse Comment
1 VIDA DE VIE Mare has been getting better recently. Winner of last came out of that race to win a C-1 next out. Note, the lone C-2 here.
2 NITRO NITTANY Finished behind a filly that is a contender in the Del Miller on Saturday last time. Filly is very sharp. Much be included.
3 ZUPPA INGLESE When this mare stays trotting, she is a factor at this level. She has won here this year as well. Cannot be excluded here.
4 GASLIGHT Broke through with a win last time. That field was rather soft compared to what he faces here. Not sold on the repeat this time.
5 BOSSY VOLO Tough trip last time. Gelding didn’t have much left for the stretch. Good draw here, but was not Miller’s choice. Tricky call.
6 MACS BAD BOY He has been racing well in his last few starts. This is the right level for him. Perfect post and he will be a factor again.
7 FIRSTCLASSPRINCESS This mare is sharp. You can toss out that last start. Previous form was solid. She looms as the one to beat.
8 MAGNUM KOSMOS He has always has speed. Looks like he is sharpening up again. He has also always been prone to the miscue.
9 CHARMING DREAM Tried to leave to overcome the draw last time, but it didn’t work. Not sure what tactics will work here. Not sold here,
10 PROVE UP Liked him last week and it paid dividends. Now moves into a much tougher spot and loses Tetrick. I think this is too tough.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 3-6-8-2
H Horse Comment
1 CRUSHED AGAIN Always skeptical of the Delaware invaders and this is no exception. Form just doesn’t usually transfer. Longshot.
2 JARNAC You know what you are going to get from her and should wager accordingly. She appears to be 3rd or 4th best once again.
3 ELLOFNXAMPLE This mare fits in this field. Winner of last pair is very sharp. If that mare raced well in the 6th, move this mare way up.
4 BALLINEEN She is a hard sell at this point. Has not been a factor since returning. Perhaps the post improvement will help a little.
5 FULL EXPLOSION Pulled off the upset last week. I will say, she should never have been 45-1 in that field. This field is a bit tougher.
6 ARIA J Just an even try last time on the class drop. Perhaps the better post will help. She does get Miller and has some fast miles.
7 LET HER ROCK She has not been faring very well at The Meadowlands. Historically, she does her best work on the smaller tracks.
8 KZ BEACH GIRL This mare has speed. She has been racing well as well and is faster than most of these. Several things to like here.
9 WANNA WIN Not sure what to expect. Have no idea why she broke stride last time. Loses Pierce tonight as well. Likely watching now.
10 EMBASSY SEELSTER She is in the right spot at this level, but she can’t get away last and win. I would use her sparingly in exotics.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 5-8-4-9
H Horse Comment
1 CC RACY Winless in 19 starts this year. Recent form has not been sharp. Would take sudden improvement to contend here. Longshot.
2 IWANNARACE HANOVER Making his first start back off the qualifier. Has a right to improve in this spot and looms a nice price, too.
3 MY LAST CHANCE I was expecting better from him last time. He has won at this level before, so a bounce back is possible. Using a bit.
4 SENOR GRANDE His form appears to be going the wrong way, but he really had no chance last time. Wouldn’t be surprised if he is better.
5 GALLANT SEELSTER On paper, he is one of two horses that just appear faster than these. Exiting better, faster races for this. Logical.
6 I’M BANKSY It would appear that he has tailed off a bit. Last start he never saw the pylons, so he might be a little bit better now. Tricky.
7 WHATAORSE He was good two starts back. Took a step backward last time. Needs to step up with one of his better efforts to contend.
8 RELENTLESS DREAMER He is always at the mercy of pace and trip. I’m not sure he can leave off the gate. He is better than most here.
9 CHASIN RACIN Similar to Whataorse, he took a step back after a win. He is also just 1 for his last 26. I will be using underneath here.
10 SPENDER HANOVER Just 1 for 20 on the year. He tailed off, is coming off a sick scratch and hasn’t raced for one month. Tough task.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 2-8-7-6
H Horse Comment
1 WORLD CUP Stepping up into a tough spot here. His form just has not been as sharp and I wouldn’t take a short price with him now.
2 SWEET JUSTICE Caught a bad trip in the Maturity. No way to know how good he was. But based on his previous try, I think he’s good now.
3 WAITING ON A WOMAN Interesting to see this gelding improve since Burke took him off Lasix. He has plenty of speed. Interesting here.
4 UPFRONT BILLY Giving some time off. I think this level is a bit tough for him, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he found a way into this race.
5 ROSSINI It looks like he has tailed off a bit. Will try the big track now but he will need to improve off his most recent try. Not sold here.
6 APPOMATTOX Took a ton of money last time and I didn’t understand why. He finished up in 26.4 there. Likely to be a bit better now.
7 BAMBINO GLIDE Went a very tough trip in the Maturity and he paid the price late. His speed will put him in play here. Top contender.
8 NOT AFRAID He was a winner over Bambino Glide and others when last seen here. Has the speed needed from the wide draw. Logical.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 5-2-3-6
H Horse Comment
1 THE NORTHERN DUDE Winless on the year and is coming off a near 3 month layoff. Inside draw should keep him close. On the fringe.
2 HELIOS I think he is the favorite in this particular group. He looks faster than the majority of this field. The key with him is keeping him flat.
3 SPECIAL COMMAND He was chasing a suicidal pace last time. The entire field was walking to the wire. I expect a better effort tonight.
4 WYGANT PRINCE Showed speed, but was quickly shuffled back and offered nothing in the stretch. He needs to improve off that try.
5 UPFRONTSTRIKESGOLD I cannot explain what happened last time. He is better than that, so I would just toss that last effort and include.
6 LOLA DE VIE If you ignore the mile on the 20th, she fits here. But that is a big if. She was better last time, so I expect a solid try this time.
7 DASH FOR THE CASH Brings a mixed bag of efforts to this race. That said, he is 0 for 18 on the year, which is troubling. Not using on top.
8 MEGA MAN OK in that qualifier, but it wasn’t exactly a fast mile. Previous efforts were not up to par. Not sold on his chances here.
9 CIVIC DUTY Has not had much success since coming to The Meadowlands. He does have speed, but I cannot endorse him at this time.
10 CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM Was not a factor at the C-2 level at Ocean Downs. Regardless of the post there, that doesn’t bode well for this.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-4-5
H Horse Comment
1 SHANE HALL Kicks off a field that includes a field of horses in lackluster form. This pacer moves inside and was solid two starts back.
2 MIGHTY ART Has now started 20 times this year and has not hit the board in any of those starts. Cannot consider until he improves.
3 KING’S LEGEND This horse holds a class edge on this field. Catches a soft group and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him win for fun now.
4 THE X HORSE He has clearly tailed off in his last couple of starts. That said, he catches a suspect field and is likely to rebound in here.
5 DANISHDUJOUR The move to Pierce may open up some eyes and is an angle that some might support. Still not sold on his chances.
6 BELL’S PANACEA Has been racing predominantly on the smaller tracks. Recent form has been suspect as well. Hard to endorse here.
7 GRENLOCH Winless in 20 starts this start. Was not able to win at the bottom level at Freehold. The move to Zeron is an angle here.
8 IN KENNY’S HONOR Just impossible to sell me on this horse. He has faced some soft fields and has been unable to win. Not for me.
9 ROCKINROLLIN NOW Beaten in a weak field last time at Monticello. Is just 1 for his last 43 as well. Looking elsewhere for the winner.
10 HEZA TRICK N Sent off at 119-1 when last seen here and finished last. Now draws post 10 as well. Need to see some improvement.