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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, March 22, 2013

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 6-3-4-9
H Horse Comment
1 RINGSIDE NGUYEN An even try last time and this mare now sports a 1 for 19 record. Similar trip leads to a similar result in this field.
2 TONATO OF LOVE Filly had a brief two year old season that saw mostly stakes action. She clearly has talent, but worry about her breaks.
3 GOTTHEMUSICICYOU Showed up with a very solid try off the layoff and that makes him a very formidable player here. Short price looms.
4 IDEAL REVENUE Raced well and it appears the Lasix has moved him forward a bit. We might see some speed tonight. Things to like.
5 BALTIMOR AS Another with a dramatically improved try, but he was 58-1 last week. Not sure I am willing to take a shorter price now.
6 BULL SPREADER Solid try off the extended layoff and for this barn you have to figure this filly has another move forward coming.
7 BULLVILLE ATA GIRL Just an even try at Saratoga, but she will need to go much faster here in her second try off the bench.
8 BATTLE READY A dull effort and a break off the layoff, that is troubling. Plus he is just 1 for 34 in his career. Too much to overcome.
9 BRISSOT I think he is cycling forward to a peak effort. But this 4YO is 1 for 27 as well, so it is hard to be confident about a victory.
10 CASS’S IMAGE First time starters off average qualifiers from post 10 seldom work out. I am playing against in her first start.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 2-6-1-7
H Horse Comment
1 TAMAYO Just wasn’t the same horse last time. Will we see a bounce back mile here? In this group I say he is 1-2-3 at the wire. Contender.
2 THE ENCOUNTER Not a bad try last time and his final quarter was a strong one. He might be sitting on a peak effort. Brings value.
3 CHEYENNE UMBERTO Has not been a factor in either leg of this series and a distinct form reversal is required now. Longshot.
4 BLADE RUNNER Pierce’s choice came up flat last time. I think this gelding is better off a live outer flow. Let’s see those tactics here.
5 SOUTHWIND MILO Was not able to duplicate his performance from round 1 of the series. Appears to be battling for a minor award.
6 CANE RIDGE He got away from the bettors at 7/2 last week. That price is likely gone. Callahan will be aggressive from here. Tough.
7 LAGUNA BEACH Raced better last week and showed good speed on both ends of the mile. He can’t out-leave ‘Ridge. Still, a player.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 8-3-7-4
H Horse Comment
1 SCHALOM G Has not raced since February 12th, see the layoff report below. Always shows speed, but stamina seems to be lacking.
2 CC MISTER C Just an even try last time, but it was an improvement so perhaps he is going to take another step forward. May improve.
3 MISS CONNOR Steps back into the classified system off a win, but this will be tougher than a non-winners of 2. Still, things to like here.
4 BIG SKY RATS Continues to appear more likely to earn a share of this race than win. That said, I would leave her in the mix again.
5 CASH MCCOY Forced to qualify and slowed considerably in that qualifier. He needs much more and I cannot recommend at this time.
6 JAKE BE NIMBLE I’ll forgive a break from post 7 at Yonkers and his prior effort was OK. Might be worth including in exotics at a price.
7 ORDER BY CORLEONE He looks like he is on the verge of a winning effort, but the 2 for 27 mark scares me a little. Price play here.
8 DIPETRANTONIO She is another that I expect to break through at some point in the near future, yet she doesn’t win that often.
9 CAITIR Shows a win at the bottom level at Freehold, but that was a wire to wire effort at 3-5. This will be substantially tougher.
10 O DANA O Added Lasix last time off the extremely long layoff. Now has post 10 and she likely will need at least another start.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 9-3-4-6
H Horse Comment
1 DREAMING ALIINA I would have thought by now that she would have broken through with a big mile by now and won. Tricky call.
2 PURA VIDA Coming off a flat try and a sick scratch. She is now 0 for 8 and it would require a huge turnaround for her to be a player.
3 MS CAILA J FRA Simply was not as effective last time and that’s a concern. She was good two races back though. Bounce back player.
4 SOLID QUEEN She has speed, that’s for sure. She has also won 2 for 3 as well. Rapidly improving filly looks like a contender in here.
5 BEACH TREASURE Is coming off a long layoff, but she has some talent to her. That said, I think she needs a start off that qualifier.
6 HERE AGAIN Moving down in class and that looks like a big help here. I don’t love the 2 for 22 mark, but she is an absolute contender.
7 I AM A WITCH Her last race was an improvement, but that said she is going to need even more in this spot. Not sure I can consider her.
8 JUS ONE KISS She appeared overmatched in her last effort as she couldn’t transform that Dover form here. Needs more once again.
9 JK LETITGO She is getting better and better with each start and all signs point to a breakthrough performance here. Might be tough.
10 ZIP IT LOCK IT Just has not handled this level so far this year. Now she draws post 10 and that 1 for 22 mark doesn’t help either.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 8-1-2-5
H Horse Comment
1 GAELIC AND GARLIC Dominated last time and now steps up to the C-1 level. This gelding has a nice future. Going to be tough again.
2 LEAVE YOUR MARK Will he trot? I wish I could confidently answer that question. If the barn has him figured out, he’ll be tough.
3 LADY DYNAMITE Filly has some upside and obviously there is potential here, but off those two qualifiers, I am not sure she can win this.
4 CELEBRITY HALL Not sure he is ready off those two qualifiers, but he has some ability as well. Might need a start or two first.
5 DIVAS PHOTO Mare is coming off a strong winning effort. I think she fits in this field and might offer some value as well. Things to like.
6 CURRENT CRISIS All three of his efforts at this particular level have not been up to par. I think he needs softer than this to contend.
7 CAMPO BASSO Both of his efforts since the qualifiers are decent. That said, he will need to be faster here. Allard barn doing better.
8 MELADY’S MONET All things point to this gelding as the one to beat. Any kind of a live outer flow will make him very tough to beat.
9 CHOCOHOLIC That first over trip last time didn’t work out. Not likely to see that trip from here. I think we see speed tonight. Maybe.
10 FROM ABOVE Good to see him finishing with some interest in that qualifier, but I still need to see a start before I can endorse.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 7-1-8-5
H Horse Comment
1 LORENZO DREAM There is a lot of speed in this field, so I wonder what Andy’s plan of action will be. This is a very good horse, too.
2 ZUEREST Another with early speed, but at this level I think he will need a perfect trip and then some to get the job done here.
3 ALL MUNKY BUSINESS This mare could be one of the leaders of her division by years-end. This is a tough place to start. Good mare!
4 MUGSHOT JESS It appears that this level is just a bit too tough for him. He’s a good horse, but I will wait until a softer spot appears.
5 IMPERIAL COUNT That was a good qualifier and it tells me he is in racing shape. That said, this is a very difficult race. Fringe player.
6 ICE MACHINE When he trots he is very dangerous. But that is always a bit of a question mark. I think we see speed tonight. Tricky.
7 TALL COTTON He was very good last time and there is no Sevruga in this field. Off his last effort, he appears to be the one to beat.
8 OPENING NIGHT Continues to race well, but this level came up particularly tough. Might be coming from last as well. Likely in the mix.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 4-3-6-7
H Horse Comment
1 MOJARRA HANOVER Moves from post 10 to the inside, but this race did not exactly come up easy. Tows along and hopes for the best.
2 CLEAR VIEW HANOVER She came with her late rally last time, but at this level it has not been as effective. Toss on the bottom of tickets.
3 SOUTHWIND JAZMIN She went a brave mile last time and she continues to race well for Harder. One of many win contenders in here.
4 UNRED HANOVER This is an extremely sharp mare right now and she had good speed at the start and end of her last mile. Contender.
5 BETTERLUVNEXTTIME She is on a roll right now, but she hasn’t raced in three weeks and ships in from the Midwest. Very sharp.
6 MONOCHROMATIC Another mare that has been very sharp lately, as is the case with most of these. Another major player in this field.
7 OOH BAD SHARK She appeared to have some pace last time and I expect to see speed from here. Go deep in the pick four here!
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-4-5
H Horse Comment
1 RULE BY STRENGTH Not sure what happened last time, perhaps he just got to a level that was too much. This is a softer spot. Maybe.
2 SCORPION MOON His last effort was not up to par and I still need to see more from him in order to consider him as a contender.
3 HOBOKEN SONNY I think he will be tough in this field. He earned a couple of checks at the B-2 level. Better last time and this is softer.
4 WESTSIDE LINDY I think this is the horse to beat, but there are multiple contenders in this field. Expect speed. Logical contender now.
5 THE CHANCELLOR Sees the same class drop as the foe to his inside, but this gelding brings the risk of a mistake. If he trots, he’s tough.
6 MR FENWICK It appears that this level is a bit too much for him. But he is good-gaited and will benefit from any mistakes. Possible.
7 DONTTELLMYWIFE He was good last time and comes right back at a level, but meets similar class droppers to the horse that beat him.
8 FOUNTAINBLEAU VOLO Just not racing at his best level. There is only one more class drop for him to make. I’m not sold in this spot.
9 MISS LEE That was an improved effort from post 10 last time. Can Miller work out a similar trip? Maybe, but the price should still be right.
10 RINGSIDE LAURYN Drop and pop winner last time but now moves back up to the C-1 level. This will be considerably tougher. Tricky.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 7-9-2-8
H Horse Comment
1 LIZZIE’S DREAM Did not get away from the gate well last time and that can’t happen from post 1. Likely tows along, hopes for a share.
2 CINDEROSA She has been good since returning off the layoff and comes right back at the same level. She likes to hit the board, too.
3 SLEAZY DOES IT She was just picking up checks at similar levels and I think this is going to be equally as challenging. Tough task.
4 LOVE YOU ALWAYS Moves to a new barn and she shows a spotty mark in western Penn. That said, she needs to make a move forward.
5 DAY TO PONDER She has not fired her best shot since moving down from Woodbine. Improvement is likely coming at some point.
6 JOANNIEHASAFANNY Jumped up with a win last time and this will be a tougher task. I expect speed once again. A possibility.
7 GORDYYY’S PET She had a tough trip from far back with just too much to do. This is a move down and she will be a force in here.
8 DREAM’S BAR She is sliding down the class ladder and figures to be tough in this spot. Only needs a trip to contend. Major threat.
9 SANGAAL Another on that same class drop and she was very effective at this level earlier. With any kind of trip, she will be tough to beat.
10 LOVE YOU BYE Mare is still racing well and there are plenty of things to like here. That said, she appears more likely to just hit the ticket.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 5-7-6-4
H Horse Comment
1 BUZZ BOMB I thought he was going to blow by the field last time, but he just hung a bit in the stretch. Same level, he is a factor again.
2 WEEKEND VACATION Seems to still be struggling and despite the post improvement, I need to see more interest from him first.
3 BIG SKY ANGELINA Back to back breaks, although she was interfered with in one of them. Still, those lines are a bit troubling.
4 STARGLOW HALL Raced well at this level and while she disappointed as the favorite, it seems tough to just dismiss her. On the ticket.
5 CELEBRITY LOVIN She might get over-bet off that last mile coming from a very difficult spot at huge odds. She is worth including.
6 HEIDI FALLS Knocking on the door, but I am just not sure he is ready to win. Had 2 perfect trips from Marohn. Exotics candidate.
7 SPECTATOR K Gets some class relief and he really raced better last time. There are some things to like, but he is a risky play, too.
8 PAISLEY Missed a week and also shows a pair of breaks prior to that. That just isn’t the form I am looking for. Need to see more.
9 BLOMKVIST I just cannot trust him to trot despite the move back down in class. He will not offer value and I will play against him now.
10 LABIRINTO SAS IT Tough post, so he will have to use all of his speed, but he seems to be struggling later in his miles. Not for me.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 3-2-7-6
H Horse Comment
1 THE REAL DION Both parts of this entry seem up against it, although this gelding’s last start was better. Still not sold on the win.
1A MAKE IT BRIEF Neither of his two starts in this series were very good and he will need a total form reversal to contend here.
2 CAMBASSADOR Has now been the beaten favorite two starts in row. Draws the pole and strategy here will be interesting. Logical.
3 HOPSKIPANAJUMP He has been very good so far and I think he is the best of this group as well, but looms a short priced favorite.
4 P J LUCKY Had to qualify following round 1 and that qualifier did not do anything to inspire me. A longshot yet again.
5 CULLENS BLUE JEAN Another longshot in this field as his most recent try is concerning. I need to see more from this gelding.
6 IN KENNY’S HONOR Showed speed last time, but tired late. It’s hard to see him winning, but he is likely 3rd or 4th best in this field.
7 BRISTLE RIDGE BOB Raced better last time and he seems to be moving in the right direction. Any kind of trip will bring him into it.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 7-10-2-8
H Horse Comment
1 THE BUDSTER Coming off a sick scratch, but his prior effort at Yonkers was good. He wasn’t racing that well when last seen here though.
2 BAMBINO HALL Seems to be moving in the right direction and off his last mile, any kind of trip should make him dangerous here.
3 DASH FOR THE CASH Appears that he has flattened out a bit recently, but he did show speed last time. I wouldn’t be shocked by better.
4 MY LEAP OF FAITH Form has not been that sharp lately and at this point, I think it would take a perfect trip for him to hit the ticket.
5 DOUBLE UP HANOVER Outraced his odds last time. This is a fast trotter who can jump up with a good race anytime. A player in here.
6 WHEELS Nice win last time as he has been on the improve lately. Good post and likely will work out a trip from here. Logical player.
7 HARBOR POINT Where did that mile come from? Has Maxwell figured him out again? Off that last mile, he figures to be very tough.
8 ZUMBA MOUSE She is in good form right now, she just caught a buzz-saw last time. A good trip and she will come home trotting again.
9 VAPORSTAR He did not look good last week at all and with that fresh in my mind, I just cannot recommend playing him now.
10 TOP BILLING His lack of speed makes this race very interesting. If you like him, the price will be better than it should. Win contender.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 6-4-3-1
H Horse Comment
1 KIMMY She continues to race well and from this starting slot she should be able to use her speed effectively. A pace factor and more.
2 I DO IT MYSELF Stepped up with a big win last time at huge odds. I think on this move back up, the price will be decent again.
3 CAMMI PLACE She has been OK lately and while I haven’t seen enough to think she will jump up and win, she has to be considered.
4 CHEYENNE PATTI Another that has been in good form and if she can work out a trip from this better post, she will be tough!
5 IF I DIDNT CARE That last effort seems to have this mare on the improve and it’s logical to expect another move forward here.
6 MATT’S SMOKIN LIL Gets a move down in class to her most recent win. That’s dangerous as class drops have been a big key this meet.
7 CHARTREUSE HANOVER She was just no good at all last week and off that effort it is hard to play her back. See how she looks on track.
8 SOUTHWIND LAVANDA This mare is a likely candidate to improve in her second start off the layoff. Berry has options with her as well.
9 DONNA PARTY Not a bad qualifier, but off the layoff I think we are best served watching a start. But she is worth tabbing for later.
10 CAROLSTERN She has lost her form and gets hit with post 10 again. Her lack of speed won’t help. Simply too much to do here.