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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 03, 2015

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 8-5-2-4
H Horse Comment
1 HIGHLAND ROCKSOLID Lone sibling has not raced. Dam didn’t take a mark, but is a kin to three six-figure earners. Baby races marginal.
2 ROCK MY GIRL Dam earned $155k, with a mark of 1:52.2. This is her first foal. Dam is a kin to a pair of six-figure earners. Debut baby race was decent. She showed improvement with a solid brush in her subsequent start. Respect the connections.
3 LL JACKPOT First foal out of a mare that earned $44k with a mark of 1:54.2 and is a kin to a pair of six-figure earners. Extended pedigree is on the lighter side. This lass has shown good speed early on.
4 SHOW TIME HILL Dam was very solid, earning over $427k with a mark of 1:53.3. She is a kin to three six-figure earners, including Pretty Katherine ($525k). Has showed promise in her baby race starts and improved in her second start.
5 SONOMA VALLEY Comes from a talented family and is akin to Vintage Master ($2.1 Million) and Great Vintage ($817k). This filly cost $325,000 at Lexington for a reason and her morning work has been solid. Major connections.
6 HEART OF GLASS Dam earned $727k with a mark of 1:49. This is her first foal. Dam is the top earner out of the mare and she is a kin to Bettors Glass ($406k). Baby races have left something to be desired so far.
7 ROCKING AFFAIR Dam was unraced. This filly is a kin to Odds On Aventure ($307k). Out of town baby races have not been bad. Maybe.
8 BLUE MOON STRIDE Dam earned $44k with a mark of 1:52.3. Siblings are light, top earner made just $50k. However her dam is a full-sister to World Champion Bettor’s Delight ($2.5 Million), No Pan Intended ($1.5 Million) and Roll With Joe ($1.8 Million). Looks really good.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 4-1-6-5
H Horse Comment
1 SOUTHWIND FRANK Dam earned $99k and took a mark of 1:58.1. This is her first foal. Cost $100,000 despite the dam not having a sibling that earned six-figures. This is the family of Giant Hit ($646k). Respect the connections.
2 MARION MARAUDER Dam was a beast, earning $962k with a mark of 1:54.3. Three of this colts siblings have earned over $100k. Colts first start showed promise, but she regressed into a break last time. Mixed feelings.
3 WAITLIFTER K Dam earned $109k, but didn’t break the 2:00 mark. Two siblings have won, but are light on earnings. Dam is out of a mare that earned over $517k. We all know Sylvester can get a young trotter rolling.
4 BROOKLYN HILL Dam was a nice mare, earning $185k with a mark of 1:57.2. This is her first foal. Recent family is light on quantity, but her dam’s two siblings were both winners. Extended maternal line includes Creamy Mimi ($927k). Loved her second baby race.
5 STEED Dam earned $84k and took a mark of 1:55.4. Neither sibling made it to the races. Dam is a kin to a 30-time winner, Armbro Token ($243k). Both Gaitway efforts were more than respectable.
6 BAR HOPPING Dam earned $204k and took a mark of 1:55.1. Lone sibling earned $83k with a mark of 1:53.4. Extended family includes Jef’s Spice ($951k). Colt cost $190k as a yearling and has looked good in a pair of his baby events.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-5-8
H Horse Comment
1 BLOOMFIELDCANTIFLY Brave effort on the front end last time. Has been sharp for some time and moved inside. Repeat is possible.
2 CRAZED N LINDY You can toss out the last from post 8 at Yonkers. More concerned about the previous effort here. Must step it up.
3 JACKS TO OPEN Trapped behind horses in the stretch last time. Seems to always take money at this level. This is no different. Player.
4 ASHLAKE Added Lasix last time, but was no match for the winner, whom he couldn’t get close to the start prior. Watching one here.
5 ALTERNAT THURSDAYS Disappointing effort last time after a solid effort in his previous try. Perfect post. A threat to bounce back.
6 INSIDER ACCESS Tioga form has not been bad. Unproven here, but his recent form has been decent. Mixed feelings for this.
7 PIXEL QUEEN Put forth her best effort in some time in her last start. If she can build upon that effort, she has a chance here. Tricky call.
8 DREAM ROCKER Continues to race well, but hasn’t won in a while. He has speed and should be prominent from the start. Worth using.
9 BLUEBRID KIDSQUEEN Mare is typically left at the mercy of pace and trip. Just one win this season. Needs to work out a trip now.
10 MAUREL N HARDY Meadows invader recent form has been suspect. Worst of the post draw. Appears to be up against it from here.
11 CUP DAY SPUR N Winless the last two seasons. Recent form has been mixed. Will start from the second tier. Needs to avoid traffic.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 1-3-5-2
H Horse Comment
1 JACK VERNON Dam earned $542k while taking a mark of 1:55.2. Five siblings have earned over six-figures, including Blue Mac Lad ($578k). $50,000 Lexington yearling showed solid improvement in his second baby race.
2 DOMINION BEACH Dam was a terror, earning over $1.1 Million with a mark of 1:53. A kin to the talented three year old, Muscle Diamond ($306k). Also showed improvement last time out. Bred to be a good one.
3 SOUTHWIND FLASH Dam earned $557k with a mark of 1:52.2. This is her first foal. Dam was a standout compared to her siblings. $85,000 yearling goes out for top connections and has looked the part in the morning.
4 FUMATA BIANCA His dam earned $65k with a mark of 1:58. Two of his three siblings have earned six-figures, including Uva Hanover ($264k). A pair of conservative qualifiers. $100,000 yearling may need a race.
5 STAYIN STRONG Dam earned $214k with a mark of 1:56.1. Lone sibling has earned $22k. Dam is a kin to Ellen’s Isle ($279k). Colt has looked like a bargain so far with that $15,000 sale price. Has looked quite well in the morning.
6 SIGMUND This is the 16th foal out of a dam that was unraced and has produced three six-figure earners. Showed some improvement in his second baby race start. Faced well-bred group here.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 4-5-8-7
H Horse Comment
1 ROCK N ROLL STYLE Dam was unraced. A kin to four winners, including a $100k earner. Dam is a kin to Art Maker ($1 Million).
2 ROAD BLOCK Out of a dam that earned $344k. Lone sibling has a win to his credit. Tired in the stretch of his pari-mutuel debut. Tricky.
3 ROCK POWER Dam was marvelous, earning over $1.2 Million while taking a mark of 1:50.1. Lone sibling to race is a two-time winner. Dam is a kin to Little Brown Jug Winner, Michael’s Power ($1.8 Million). Bred to be a good one.
4 KATIES ROCKER A kin to a pair of six-figure earners while out of a dam that as earned $387k and has taken a mark of 1:50.4. Dam is a full-sister to Kikikatie ($1.2 Million). Showed staunch improvement in her second baby race.
5 IDEAL ROCKY Dam was solid, earning $277k on the track with a mark of 1:51.4. He is a full-brother to Emeritus Maximus ($391k) along with four other winners. Popular at the windows upon debut and he rolled to an impressive victory.
6 LISSILAS Dam earned $46k and took a mark of 1:53. Lone sibling to race is a winner. Dam is a kin to Lis Mara ($2.1 Million) out of the mare Lisheen ($518k). Barn is known for their patience, but this mare has pedigree.
7 WINNING LINC Dam earned $133k on the track and took a mark of 1:52.1. A kin to an earner of over $200k. This is the third foal. Colt showed a solid turn of foot in the stretch in both morning heats. Potential exists.
8 BOSTON RED ROCKS Dam earned $331k on the racetrack, while taking a mark of 1:51.2. Dam is a kin to three six-figure earners. This colt certainly responded positively to the barn change and went a big mile in his Meadowlands baby race.
9 ROLL N CATCH Dam earned $127k with a mark of 1:52.4. All three siblings to race have won including a six-figure earner. Dam is a kin to four six-figure earners, including Whatnartist ($874k). Baby races haven’t been up to par thus far.
10 ROCKIN RACE Dam earned $421k while taking a mark of 1:51. Dam is a kin to four six-figure earners, including Sir Jillian Z Tam ($561k). Showed improved speed in his most recent baby race start.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 3-2-8-5
H Horse Comment
1 ENERGY BAR Out of an unraced dam. This is her first foal. Dam is a kin to Judge Joe ($938k). This lass hasn’t hit her best stride just yet.
2 HOLLYWOOD HILL Dam was a highly talented mare, earning $1 Million on the track, while taking a mark of 1:52.3. A kin to The Bank, who is a Hambletonian prospect this year. Love the progress this lass showed in her most recent baby race. Major connections.
3 ALL THE TIME Dam earned $286k while taking a mark of 1:53. This is the maternal line of Workaholic ($870k). Another Takter trainee and this filly has really looked the part thus far in the morning.
4 JAZEBEL DE VIE Dam earned $450k on the track with a mark of 1:56.3. This filly is a kin to Lola De Vie ($409k). Trotting hobbles went on last time and she got around the track flat.
5 SPEND IT IN Dam didn’t do much on the track, but she has proven to be a quality producer. Two of her first three foals have earned over six-figures, including No Pain No Gain ($460k). Note the barn change to Team Miller. Intriguing.
6 SOUTHWIND PEARL Dam was unraced. Four siblings, to date two have raced, neither has taken a mark or earned any money. Dam is a kin to some talented trotters, including Malabar Maple ($483k). Added hobbles last time.
7 SOUTHWIND ADELE Dam earned $26k and took a mark of 1:59. This is her first foal to race. She is a kin to Pine After Pine ($253k). Maternal line includes Nan’s Catch ($766k). Just one baby race in preparation for this.
8 SILVIA Dam earned $35k, but did not break the 2:00 barrier. This filly is a half-sister to Adrian Chip ($1.1 Million). She cost $100,000 as a yearling and debuts for major connections. Her baby races were very promising.
9 CREE Dam earned $384k while taking a mark of 1:53. She was talented. This is her first foal. Dam is a kin to Instant Photo ($514k). This filly’s baby races have been a cut below thus far.
10 SILENT BLESSINGS Dam earned $207k on the track and took a mark of 1:56.3. Lone sibling to race is a winner. This is the family of the talented Dance Spell ($427k). Like this filly’s most recent baby race.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 2-6-3-1
H Horse Comment
1 EZRA HANOVER Dam only earned $5k and didn’t take a mark. This is her first foal. She is a kin to Hana Hanover ($1.2 Million). This colt has looked good in both of his Gaitway morning tries. He has a right to be a good one.
1A CRAFTSHIP Dam earned $54k and took a mark of 1:52.4. His half-brother, Sicily, has earned $127k and could be pointing to The Meadowlands Pace. Dam is a kin to five six-figure earners. Nice win last time.
2 LYONS SNYDER Dam earned $98k and took a mark of 1:52.4. This colt is a half-brother to Aracache Hanover ($1.7 Million). Based on his efforts in the morning thus far, he could be any kind. Major connections, too.
3 TOMMY’S DELIGHT Dam earned just $15k with a mark of 1:54. Lone sibling is yet to win. Dam is a kin to L Dees Lioness ($473k) and this colt is from the family of L Dees Val ($674k). This colt looks awfully fast and should be tough.
4 SPICEBOMB Dam earned $326k and took a mark of 1:52.2. This colt is a kin to Major Bombay ($575k). First start was a bit lacking.
5 MAJOR LEE FAST Dam was lightly race with a mark of 1:58.2. There are pair of six-figure earners in the maternal line. Out-raced his modest pedigree in his first baby race. Things to like based on that.
6 RODEO ROCK Dam earned $63k on the track with a mark of 1:54.2. Lone sibling to race is a winner. Dam is a kin to Western Shore ($1.2 Million). Raced quite well in his pari-mutuel debut. Strong contender.
7 SOSSY’S KING KONG Dam earned over $183k and took a mark of 1:55.1. This colt is a kin to Dovuto Hanover ($451k). His two baby race attempts have been a bit modest thus far.
8 NOX VEGAS BLUECHIP Dam earned $431k and took a mark of 1:52.3. Colt is a kin to Ryder Blue Chip ($191k).This colt has looked awfully impressive in the mornings so far at Pocono. Plenty of things to like.
9 BANK SEA Dam was unraced. This colt is a kin to Sir Richard Z Tam ($327k). Dam is out of the magnificent Worldly Beauty ($1.9 Million). Showed immense improvement in his second baby race.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 9-1-10-7
H Horse Comment
1 IRON Made an unfortunate break in The Goodtimes, a race that was ripe for the pickin’ when all the favorites went off-stride. Has flashed hints of serious ability. This field has a lot of talent in it. One of many contenders.
2 QUAZE Even try when sent off at 40-1 last time. This field is better on paper. He looks like one of the longer shots. Would have to improve.
3 MURDERERS ROW Lone recent miscue is the only blemish. He has speed, goes out for serious connections. Looms as a pace factor.
4 STARZINNER Has been in and out of form recently. Gelding has showed talent in a couple of spots here and it appears that when he doesn’t break, he is a handful. Another on the list of contenders here.
5 SOUTHWIND POSEIDON Bad break last time and he subsequently skipped a race since then. This gelding has speed and talent. If he trots, he should be able to rebound nicely.
6 PROPULSION Blew up last time and with that, he burnt a lot of cash. Believers will get much better than 1/5 here, but it seemed that just when we thought he was hitting his best stride, he regressed again. His best can win this, though.
7 THE BANK Nearly pulled off the upset in The Goodtimes, but it is worth noting that many of the favorites, including Canepa Hanover, went off-stride. He has come back very nicely as a three year old and should bring his “A” game.
8 DONNIE DARKO Did not race badly last time, but catches a really tough group here. Marohn is a good driver for this trotter. Mixed feelings.
9 DON’T MIND ME Colt as really sharpened up lately and most recently he wasn’t that far behind one of the leading Hambletonian contenders in a PASS event. Clearly has some ability and is one to watch here.
10 MODEL BEHAVIOR Filly really sharpened up through the New Jersey Sire Stakes and she gave Mission Brief all she could handle. She won in her subsequent start as well. Post is the tricky part of the puzzle but she has some intrigue.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 8-2-3-10
H Horse Comment
1 COCO TRUFFLES Dam earned $115k on the track without breaking the 2:00 barrier in terms of her mark. This is her first foal. Watch one.
2 GIFTED LADY Dam earned $150k with a mark of 1:55.2. This filly is a kin to Flex The Muscle ($928k). Sharp win out of the pocket last time and this filly looks like a develop talent for Takter.
3 SKARA BRAE Dam was lightly raced. This filly is a kin to Southwind Cocoa ($277k) She cut the mile that produced Gifted Way last time and she fought gamely to the wire. She has potential.
4 EVERYTHING N MORE Dam earned over $222k with a mark of 1:56.2. All four siblings of this filly are winners, including a pair of six-figure earners. Morning work has been light so far.
5 AMERICAN SPA Dam earned $75k despite a mark not surpassing 2:00. This is her first foal. Meadows form has been more than decent.
6 CASINO CUTIE IT Dam was unraced. This is her first foal. This is the family of the talented Jean Bi ($614k). Showed improved speed last time out. One to keep tabs on going forward.
7 OVERPOWERING LINDY Dam was a talent, winning over $253k and taking a mark of 1:55.2 as a two year old. This filly has one sibling to race and she won twice for $30k. Her dam is a full-sister to Crazed ($1 Million). Think this one will develop nicely.
8 NEW LEAF Dam earned $19k with a mark of 1:57.4. All three siblings have won, the best of which has earned $94k. Dam is from the family of Miss Garland, which makes her a kin to Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo. Has showed talent in the mornings.
9 CURIKEE Dam earned $157k with a mark of 1:55. Lone sibling is a four time winner of $61k. Morning work has been on the lighter side.
10 DREAM CHILD Dam earned $167k with a mark of 1:55. This is her second foal. First foal is yet to take a mark, but has raced. From the family of Gramola ($484k). Has shown a bit of potential thus far.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 2-1-6-4
H Horse Comment
1 ROCKEYED OPTIMIST Lost a tough battle with his stablemate last time. That was only his second defeat of the season and in both losses he was a good second. He will need to find a little bit more to beat the razor sharp favorite.
2 DOO WOP HANOVER What an insanely good mile this guy went last week. His four year old form has been nothing short of spectacular and he is now a world champion off his last world record performance. Strictly the one to beat.
3 LYONSSOMEWHERE He raced well last time and his speed always needs to be respected. But right now, he is a step behind the top two.
4 ALL BETS OFF He raced well when last seen here, but he was not getting to the winner despite benefiting from a trip that he was able to track the favorite throughout. Tough trip at Yonkers. Likely to round out some exotics.
5 SOMESIZESOMESTYLE Drop and pop winner came from a tough spot last time at Pocono. He has been overmatched at this level though.
6 BUSHWACKER The trip when last seen here just didn’t work out at all. Tried to cut the mile last time which isn’t his best game. He is a threat to rebound for a share with a smoother journey.
7 MATTAMERICAN Never in the race last time and he went off the course in there as well. He looks like the longshot of this group.
8 THREE OF CLUBS Tough go of it last time. Doesn’t start from a trailing position now, but he will clearly need to improve to contend.
9 LIMELIGHT BEACH His speed has been formidable and he will need all of it from this wide draw. Know him early, unsure about late.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 2-4-5-1
H Horse Comment
1 THAT WOMAN HANOVER She has a history of tying up, so it is hard to predict when she will be perfect. But her best not only makes her a pace factor, but also makes her tough to catch. Cannot be ignored.
2 ROCKLAMATION Saved ground through tepid fractions and she couldn’t have come home any faster, but the leaders just went soft fractions up front and didn’t come back to the field. Expect more tonight.
3 SUDOKU Recently added Lasix, but the results have not been spectacular. Lightly raced four year old still has room to grow. Tough read.
4 TREVOR’S BEBE Back to back wins and she performed well on the move up in class as well. This is an even tougher assignment, but make no mistake, this mare is sharp and she beat a Breeders Crown winner last time.
5 BEACH GRANNY She raced really well last time against a solid group of mares. More of the same here, but this mare has been racing well enough to at least consider in this spot.
6 OCEANS MOTION Only one win on the season, but she has re-found her form. Still would need to step things up if she were to win this.
7 WITCH DALI Pace and trip compromised last time as well. This mare has talent, but I think the circumstances have her up against it here.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 9-7-2-8
H Horse Comment
1 DAUT FULL Enters this off a break, but was sharp before that. Surprised to see Tetrick here over Better Said. Mixed feelings for this.
2 STORM POINT She raced well in the Fan Hanover Final consider the trip. This filly should really appreciate the move down in class to this condition event and you have to figure she is ready for a big effort here.
3 GIRLOFYOURDREAMS Another dropping in class. But, She didn’t fire when dropping down while favored at Mohawk. Tricky call now.
4 STRUT MY STUFF Sneaky decent mile last time, but now faced a much stronger group and she will need even more to contend here.
5 STATUS WARRIOR Exits the same race as the mare to her inside, so I echo the sentiments. Needs solid pace setup to rally for a part.
6 DREA’S GOOD POWOW Facing some good mares in Pennsylvania, but this spot came up tough. She will need a big effort here.
7 MOREMERCY BLUECHIP Stepped up impressively in the NYSS last time. It seems that Team Miller has this filly figured out and that is a very dangerous thing. Must be left in the conversation.
8 B STERN Went right down the road at 13-1 last time with a visually impressive effort. Same class, but a different story as this group is much stronger. Not sold on the repeat this time.
9 BETTER SAID She did well to make the Fan Hanover Final, but the trip didn’t work there. She wasn’t bad in the Lynch elimination and now moves into a condition event. Certainly plenty to like.
10 ROYAL MAMA She has speed, but will need to use a lot of it from here. Exits the same race as others and faces a tougher task as well.