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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, December 06, 2013

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 8-5-4-9
H Horse Comment
1 CONNIE KEEPER Has to make up 5 lengths on Acadia As from that qualifier. Prior form is OK, but the 0 for 14 record scares me a little.
2 LAUREEN Got down to three-quarters in a very manageable 1:28.4, so getting caught doesn’t bode well. Barn change is a positive.
3 DAWNING DREAM Followed Connie Keeper and Acadia As in that qualifier but couldn’t keep up late. That has me looking elsewhere.
4 EHRNOOTH He wasn’t going to close much into those fractions in that qualifier. But, his 10/4 effort at Lexington shows he fits well here.
5 ACADIA AS Filly might just be faster than the rest of these. Qualifier was sharp I expect Trace to be aggressive off the gate. Contender.
6 DANA BOKO Her gait appeared smoother with the addition of the hobbles. Filly needs to come home a little bit faster. Using underneath.
7 FAIRLEY LEGAL Recent form does inspire much confidence in this spot. Doesn’t have much gate speed either. Watching for now.
8 ZOLI That last mile was sharp. Brave effort on a sloppy track at Philly. Tetrick got along well with him. Toscano has him pointing forward.
9 DONATELLA HANOVER Note this is a two-year old filly against older. That said, she obviously has talent and her form stands out here.
10 JAILHOUSE BLUES Struggled to break the 2-minute barrier at Hoosier. While she will go faster here, she needs to improve 3 seconds.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 1-5-7-8
H Horse Comment
1 CAROLSIDEAL She had sneaky late pace in that last mile. Moves inside, so she will stay closer. Potential value play in wide open race.
2 THE REAL TONE It’s tough to know how a nw4 stacks up against this level. That said, this mare is 2 for 40 lifetime. Looking elsewhere.
3 BUSYBEINGFABULOUS The drop to the bottom level at Pocono got her to the winners circle. This is a little tougher. Watching this time.
4 DELIGHTFUL DIVA She was 44-1 when making a break going to the opening quarter last week. Obviously, I need to see another start.
5 UP FRONT KELLIE JO This mare showed good speed before being shuffled and was free too late with pace. Off that, she is a must-use.
6 SARANDON BLUE CHIP Surprised to see Tetrick choose off this mare that is loaded with back class. Qualifier was solid. Contender.
7 MYSTICAL DIVA The Yonkers shippers have done well so far and she has been facing better as well. Tetrick’s choice is a player here.
8 JANIE BAY Zeron saved ground with her last week and she was finishing with pace. With a trip, she can easily find her way into the mix.
9 SMOKE PAN MIRRORS Ground saving trip last week, but she was just even when free in the stretch. She needs to improve off that.
10 CHAROLETTES MAGGIE Made two moves last week and tired late. Expecting speed from this mare, but she needs more stamina.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 5-4-1-3
H Horse Comment
1 CATALYST Toss out the Billings race. Exits condition for this claiming race. His efforts 3 and 4 back fit well in this group. Fringe player.
2 REDWHITENBLUESTONE Never made the gate last time and he is earning just $239 per start this year. I am looking elsewhere.
3 DC NORTHERN Shows a couple of races at this $15,000 level that make him a contender. His last 2 efforts are a bit concerning though.
4 BABY BLAZE Parked out at Philly against tougher. Drops in class and is Tetrick’s choice. Expect speed again as he is a logical contender.
5 PEMBROOK STREET That last field he faced was better, so I will forgive his lack of trot in the stretch. He can wake up against this group.
6 FOUR STARZ CREDIT His last 2 starts were better, but he still isn’t finishing his miles well enough to call him a win contender here.
7 CASH VALUE Last race is a toss-out. His prior effort he made a miscue. Leading money earned in the field this year. Mixed feelings.
8 KILTED PRIDE Gelding’s recent form just has not been very good. We have seen Canadian shippers wake up when they come down here.
9 RINGSIDE WINNER Sat inside and saved ground but did not offer much punch in the stretch. Moves into a claimer, but I will watch this one.
10 KEVSTER Does a solid job picking up checks, but he doesn’t own any gate speed and is likely coming from last tonight. Not sold this time.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 6-1-2-4
H Horse Comment
1 OVER AND OUT That was a game first over try last week. His wins don’t come too often, so I will be using him underneath in here.
2 PLAY FAIR Sat third over and offered mild kick in the stretch. He loses Miller here, but he can build on that effort and contend in this spot.
3 SILVER DEPUTY Admire his consistency, but he is going to have to trot much faster to contend here. I’ll be looking elsewhere.
4 LATTE HALL That was an even qualifier, but Epic Tale raced well out of that qualifier. Form is dull, but like that she gets Tetrick.
5 STRIKING FOREVER Now 0 for 33 on the season and she has been struggling against $10k claimers of late. Not sold on her chances.
6 CHOCOHOLIC This is a substantial class drop on the barn change. Not facing the toughest of fields either. Looks a very tough favorite.
7 LIKE A HUSH His form has gone in and out recently, but if he can race back to the efforts from 3 and 4 races back, he can contend here.
8 VICTOR’S FUTURE While he has a win at the $10k claiming level at Philly, his last two efforts are concerning. Needs to step up his game.
9 FAMOUS MARK He did his best racing in Canada earlier in the season and his recent form is not sharp. Has been off nearly 4 weeks.
10 MYSTICAL CON Doesn’t pack much early speed and his form has not been particularly solid lately. Not sold on his chances here.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 9-7-4-2
H Horse Comment
1 CRAZY EIGHTS He was fourth over and had some sneaky pace in that last mile. Fits in the exotics here and I will be using accordingly.
2 SOUTH PACIFIC An obvious class for this mare and Andy opting here over Solid Queen is a big call. She could prove the one to beat.
3 ODDS ON ALPHA She brings a mixed bag of efforts. I will note the field she beat last out wasn’t great, but don’t take barn change lightly.
4 NARANCIA HANOVER Probably needed that start as she squandered a second over trip. She was out the whole mile though. Rebounds.
5 SPOTLIGHT ON Raced well at the $15k claiming level last time, but this field is a whole new ballgame. She will need to step things up.
6 LADY IDEAL Saved ground and offered an even try last time. She is capable of better and I wouldn’t be shocked by some improvement.
7 SOLID QUEEN That was an extremely sharp effort. She has been one of the most impressive winners so far. Logical threat to repeat.
8 FASTER FASTER She certainly has some early speed, but how far will that take her on the mile track? Think this field is tough for her.
9 KZ BEACH GIRL Showed speed, caught a shuffle and then rallied well in the stretch. That was a good effort. I like her right back tonight.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 10-1-3-9
H Horse Comment
1 LITTLE BITTY LIES Dropping out of a race won by the potential Horse of the Year. She might be overbet now, but she is a logical player.
2 WARRAWEE OLAY I would have needed to see a bit more in that qualifier, especially given how tough this race came up. Watching one.
3 VIPER BLUE CHIP Racing very well right now and goes out for a barn that will attract plenty of attention at the window. Merits a long look.
4 SUPER DUKE He was trotting well at the end of that mile and that could be a good sign. A win may be a stretch, but will include in exotics.
5 ENOUGH ABOUT YOU Did not make any impact last week while 21-1, so it is difficult to use him at this same level off that mile.
6 PANAMANIAN HANOVER Took him a while to get on track last week. Was trotting better later in that mile. Still looks like a longshot here.
7 SIMONE HALL Seems to be on a bad race/good race type of streak. I expect we will see speed tonight and I might toss on some tickets.
8 SENTRY He loomed up 3-wide on the far turn, but quickly flattened out. Not sure he will get a better trip tonight so I will be playing against.
9 SWEET JUSTICE That was a solid rally last week, granted he took advantage of a great trip. This race is a bit tougher on paper. Player.
10 DONTYOUFORGETIT He was locked in with trot and he flashed his ability when he was free late. Post 10 hurts, but he is a contender.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 1-9-7-5
H Horse Comment
1 KEYSTONE WYATT Was following along and appeared to have trot when blocked. Then flashed good trot late. Kicks off wide open race.
2 AISLING For a moment, he looked like a winner when he angled out in the stretch, but The Evictor stormed past. Continue to use in exotics.
3 IL MAGO He was keen in the pocket and Tetrick had to pull the pocket earlier than he would have liked. Needs to settle down a bit.
4 HE’S SPOOKY First of the class droppers has some real class to him. He does need to improve on that last mile to contend for the win.
5 BANKER VOLO Conflicted on this guy. Liked him a lot last week, but the sick scratch scares me. Believers will get a decent price now.
6 THE EVICTOR What a sparkling stretch rally that was last week. I have always liked this trotter, too. Can’t just dismiss him despite move up
7 AMIGO RANGER Gets the tepid call as the favorite in a wide open race. Caught a buzzsaw last week. Price is gone, but he is logical.
8 TOBER Facing a tougher group this time. He wasn’t exactly staggering to the wire last week when he got caught. Still, using sparingly.
9 APPOMATTOX Tried to grind it first over and just got tired. This is a nice horse and he has a right to improve with that mile under his belt.
10 AFFIRMED ACTION Chased the favorite to the wire last time, while outracing his odds. This field is tough and the value will still be there.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 5-7-9-4
H Horse Comment
1 JARNAC Wasn’t Gingras’ choice but she has been racing well for the most part. Callahan should protect position as stay close. Maybe.
2 MAJOR LOOK I would call that last mile an even effort as she was third over but didn’t make much headway in the stretch. Will need more.
3 MOJARRA HANOVER Owns a win here and she has been facing some tough mares at Yonkers. Curious if the move to M1 moves her up.
4 BEST BOSS She blew past the pacesetters when working out a cover trip. Things get tougher here and she shouldn’t be 6-5 this time.
5 PRECIOUS ROSE N I think there is more to this mare than what we have seen. Tough trip last time. Might take a swing while value exists.
6 JINGLEJANGLEJINGLE This mare has been pretty sharp lately, but not sharp enough to lure Tetrick. Not expecting same speed tonight.
7 LIGHTNING PAIGE She was really, really good last week and trip players will absolutely pound her. With a trip, she’s the one to hold off.
8 ST LADS MOXIE Led between calls last time but stopped in the stretch. With a smoother journey, she has a right to improve here.
9 MISS SAND CREEK Tried to grind it out first over last week and it didn’t work. Not likely to be the trip she sees tonight. Exotics player.
10 THE SUMMER WIND She got away with some mile fractions last week and rolled home rather easily. This will be tougher. Underneath.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 4-7-5-6
H Horse Comment
1 COFFEE ADDICT I like how this filly is cycling forward. She clearly has some talent. But, she catches a pretty tough field here. Tough read.
2 KIM’S ROYAL DAY She got stung a bit early in the mile and that may have cost her. I can see her improving here with a smoother trip.
3 TREVOR’S BEBE She sports a win against similar to Coffee Addict’s, but was 2 seconds slower. Showed some ability at Pocono.
4 UF DRAGON’S QUEEN Flat out, if she races back to her last mile, she wins this. Short price looms, but she is a logical pick 4 single.
5 AMERICAN IN PARIS That last race was solid and the winner came out of it to be 2nd against slightly softer here. That foe is next up.
6 INITTOWINAFORTUNE Just couldn’t get to the winner last time as the fractions played in the speeds favor. She is 24/34 in the exacta.
7 MATTIE TERROR GIRL She is exiting the same race as the favorite, but she was 100-1 in there. This is a class drop, obviously. Maybe.
8 BETIT TO GETIT If Sarandon Blue Chip jogs earlier in the card, move this lass up. She is a bit of a wild card in here. Watching for now.
9 BRUSSELS HANOVER This filly just makes money, earning over $8,500 per start in her career. Tough assignment tonight. Tricky call.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 5-7-3-8
H Horse Comment
1 RAY HALL While I can forgive the tough first over trip, this horse completely stopped in the last 1/8th of a mile. Looking elsewhere on top.
2 QUANTUM LIGHTNING Those $12.5k claimers are a notch below this class. Form has been just OK. Not sold on his chances here.
3 SCOTTY DOESNT KNOW Record reveals he is just 1 for his last 51. Recent form has been dull. That said, this is a class drop. Improves.
4 WORTH THE MONEY AS I admit, I was very surprised based on his four choices, that Miller landed here. Wasn’t impressed by his effort.
5 FOUNTAINBLEAU VOLO I could be wrong, but off that qualifier, I just have a feeling a big effort is looming. Note the hobbles are on now.
6 CEDARRIDGETAG Coming off a sick scratch and breaks in 2 of his previous 3 starts. Gale pulled an upset last week. Not sold here though.
7 CHANGED IT ALL She has been facing tougher and she fits very well in this field. Needs to stay closer, but I don’t want a short price.
8 CASHAHALLIC Out-raced his odds at 73-1 last time getting beat for all the money by less than 2 lengths. Tossing on bottom of tickets.
9 WINEMASTER HANOVER Has now made breaks in 2 of his last 3 starts. He does have some miles that are competitive with these.
10 CURRENT CRISIS Exiting the amateur races, so gets a catch driver for the first time in a long time. Still, is he coming from last in here?
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 6-2-3-9
H Horse Comment
1 SPICE IT UP LINDY This horse has gone some huge miles at Tioga and has a big engine. That said, he has to need a start, right?
2 BLOODSTOCKSHALLTAB Made 2 moves in a race where he was extremely wide into the first turn. Big mile and he looks good in here.
3 AS YA’LL LIKE IT Showed speed, caught a shuffle and had some sneaky trot late in the mile. Inclined to use as a price in this spot.
4 ELLISARRO HANOVER Never made the gate last time. Now Gingras opts off. His best puts him in the mix, but I will watch this one.
5 CELTIC MERCHANT Exits a couple of good races, but this race came up tough as well. If he offers a price, I would toss him on the ticket.
6 MR FENWICK He is really rounding into form and his last race was pretty good. He has speed and is a player. The value may be gone.
7 WALLTOCOUSINS Aggressive drive last time and he dug in well. He is still sharp and should be viewed as more than pace factor.
8 CAPTAIN PRIMEAU Told you, I never am right with my opinion of him. What I do know, is this race is much tougher than his last.
9 THE TRIPLE LINDY Well, that was an impressive stretch drive last week. He has a long way to come, but he loves to win. A contender.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 5-10-7-9
H Horse Comment
1 ROSE RUN LIMO His last race was an improvement, but I am skeptical of easy pocket trips on the half-mile track. Watching this one.
2 DON’T KNOW CHIP He was second over, but did not offer any pop. That was a regression from his first start back which concerns me.
3 BLAZED Never had a chance last time and some of his Midwest miles do make him a player in here. Still, I will watch this start closely.
4 RIVERFEST Almost got the jump done last time. If Captain Primeau raced well, then move this guy up. Still, Tetrick did choose off.
5 UPFRONTSTIKESGOLD Gelding saved ground and did offer a little bit of trot in the stretch. Draws well and a live outer flow will help.
6 BEAU JOE That nw18000 level at Yonkers can be tough, so this is probably a class drop. He has speed too. Smith comers over to drive.
7 MAGGLIO This horse had trot last week, but was just left with way too much to do. This is a class drop and he will be a major player here.
8 COMMANDER K Exits the same race as Magglio, but he didn’t impress me as much. That said, if you like one, you probably like the other.
9 EPIC TALE He had plenty of trot in the stretch as well, but will he be able to out-kick Magglio? Not sure, but he will be passing a few late.
10 HOLD ON TIGHTLY There isn’t much speed in here, so the post doesn’t bother me. Tetrick should be blasting. He is moving up in class.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 2-8-9-10
H Horse Comment
1 MARINADE HANOVER She moved first over, but quickly flattened out in the stretch. She will need a smoother journey to contend here.
2 SUNSHINE PATRIOT Despite facing just three year olds last week, I have to call this a move down in class. Expecting much better now.
3 PERSUASIVE HANOVER Making her second start back off the layoff, so she is likely to improve. This field came up a bit light as well.
4 FLYING TOPLESS Her last 2 starts have not been good. Previously was better, but 3 consecutive 30-second last quarters concerns me.
5 HAPPY SURPRISE Looks like Lasix initially approved her form, but she quickly tailed off again so I will be looking elsewhere this time.
6 SWEET BET Raced better last time at Yonkers but is unproven on the bigger tracks. Still, with the right trip, she can hit the ticket here.
7 ARIANE HANOVER She was 29-1 last week and did not factor at all. Very tough to bet this mare off that last race. Longshot.
8 SOUTHWIND LAVANDA She showed some late interest last week and in a field like this, she would not shock me. Using at a price.
9 JB ROSE Decent effort last time and the fact that she shows a good race over this track goes a long way in this field. Logical contender.
10 MY SWEET MANDY Exiting the same race as Sunshine Patriot, but she has to overcome the outside without much speed. Passes several.