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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, April 05, 2013

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 1-5-8-7
H Horse Comment
1 R MARIE HANOVER Exits a series that was nw25000 lifetime, so this is similar. Caught a Burke filly there that is 4 for 4 this year. Like.
2 CRAZY EIGHTS The addition of Lasix did not seem to help, so that is a concern. Missed time due to a skin infection. (See layoff report).
3 CABO BABY Nifty looking for the best of this filly, but she is yet to live up to her potential. Need to see more from her now.
4 MS CAILA J FRA Missed a week due to the sick scratch. She tailed off after her win, so perhaps that explains the scratch. Tricky call.
5 JK LETITGO Impressive winner last time and she moves back to the level she just missed in 2 starts back. Looks like a likely favorite.
6 I AM A WITCH Missed last week due to an injured scratch. Prior effort was below par and Campbell chose off. Not for me.
7 SOLID QUEEN She was a nice winner coming up the cones to snatch victory from Sleazy Does It. She won’t be 12-1 this time.
8 MC GILLACUDY-HENRY Appeared overmatch in the Petticoat Series which is a nw4 or $40,000 series. This should be a bit softer.
9 MCARMA The good news is that her last qualifier was a big improvement, but it’s not enough for me to jump on board yet. Watching one.
10 HERE AGAIN She has speed, but it doesn’t always last. From post 10, Macdonald will have to blast. Her best puts her in the mix.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 2-1-6-5
H Horse Comment
1 GOTTHEMUSICINYOU Which gelding shows up tonight? The one we saw 2 and 3 back, or the one that broke last time? Still a contender.
2 TONATO OF LOVE She was home free when she broke nearing the wire. I think the runner-up from that QUA is legit. Things to like.
3 RINGSIDE NGUYEN I do like the progress this mare is making. Smith does opt elsewhere, but an in the money finish would not shock me.
4 MONSTER LUKE Not exiting a very strong race at Pocono. Winner came back and made a break on Tuesday. This will be even tougher.
5 KING MUSCLES Exits the same qualifier as Tonato. This horse was 2nd in the NJSS Championship last year. There is talent here.
6 LEAVE YOUR MARK The 1/5 price on him last week was absurd. His mark now stands at 0/8 and while he is tough, he is too short a price.
7 AMARCORD Continues to struggle at this level and is now just 1 for 38 in his career. I am still not seeing the improvement needed.
8 IL PIZZAIOLO Winner of that qualifier is a Noel Daley trainee that is yet to make a start. I think this colt needs a start first.
9 SIX GUN HALL Game first over try last time, got nipped by the horse tracking his cover. Not without a shot of hitting the ticket here.
10 LA HOLLYWOOD While that last race was an improvement, I don’t think it was the strongest of heats. He would still surprise me.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 5-3-2-1
H Horse Comment
1 SUMMER INDIAN Runner-up from last qualifier was a minor stakes winner last year. Has plenty of back class. Appears very dangerous.
2 SPICE IT UP LINDY His final quarter last week had to open up some eyes as this is the right spot for him. One of the main contenders.
3 TEMPLE OF DOOM Looked great until the final 10 yards last week when he bolted outward. Still, we know how good he can be.
4 WINDSUN GALAXIE Looks like he has gotten to a level that is a bit too tough and he catches a tough group here as well.
5 LEXIS AMIGO Flashed his late kick when free and he seemed to respond to the addition of Lasix. He can flat our roll late in the mile.
6 FREE ROLLIN Came from a tough spot with a big final quarter last week. Miller off, but a live outer flow can bring him into contention.
7 ALL MUNKY BUSINESS Looks like the longshot of this group, which is tough because this is a nice mare. Let’s look for improvement.
8 WHEELS I liked the way he was finishing last week and when he shows up with his best, he is a major player at this level. This is tough.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 8-4-5-3
H Horse Comment
1 SMUGGLER HALL Got a nice confidence builder last time. Runner up from last is 7YO veteran that is 0 for 8 on the year. Possible.
2 DREAM KID I wouldn’t call that the strongest of qualifiers and he makes breaks a little much for my taste as well. Tough call here.
3 NEW YORK FINEST Last race was a little better as he seemed to finish with some interest. Further improvement wouldn’t shock me.
4 O DANA O I thought she would have been better last time, but that was a pretty quick mile. There is no chance this race goes in 1:53.4.
5 RAPID ASCENT I think he is exiting a stronger qualifier, but will he stay trotting? I can’t answer that. If he trots, he probably wins.
6 ORDER BY CORLEONE Every so often he jumps up with a decent race. This looks like the kind of field that may happen in. Using a bit.
7 CONNIE LAUXMONT While this is not the strongest of C-2 trots, I still believe it is a move up from a $10k claimer at Dover. Not for me.
8 TIGER’S TOO GOOD Showed speed before tiring in that qualifier. But look at who the 1-2-3 finishers from that heat were. Interesting!
9 AUTUMN TREASURE Off her last couple of starts, I just cannot recommend her in this spot. Need to see some improvement.
10 TOUGH TOUCH Had to need that last start and now is hit with post ten and I feel best to watch him once again. Longshot.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 2-5-7-6
H Horse Comment
1 NOBLE WARRAWEE Comes out of a qualifier that had a lot of power in it. Likely to need a start, but could be one to watch down the road.
2 DOUBLE UP HANOVER Gets some class relief and he was a winner when last facing the B-2 level. Should take some action in here.
3 OUTLAW Just had too much to do last time. Callahan is in the zone right now, and I wouldn’t be shocked by a good trip and big effort.
4 DASH FOR THE CASH Steps back up off a sharp win, but historically this level has been a tad too much. Might have needed that win.
5 VAPORSTAR Where on Earth did that final quarter come from? He was flat out flying late. A repeat of that effort will make him very tough.
6 IN NOMINE PATRI Nothing wrong with his last effort as he showed speed and then chased Temple Of Doom. Off that, he is a player.
7 MELDAY’S MONET Appeared to have trot in the stretch and his recent form remains solid. Plenty to like with this gelding. Contender.
8 KLM EXPRESS He has been facing some good fields recently, but was just 2 for 31 last year and this field isn’t exactly easy.
9 CAMERON CHIP I thought she was back in form, but then through in a total clunker last week. She is likely coming from last here.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 3-8-7-1
H Horse Comment
1 DAY BLUE CHIP She was in tougher last week and has been given some time after tying up. (See layoff report). She has a big chance.
2 PERSUASIVE HANOVER Coming off a sick scratch and Miller opted off as well. She went a big mile here last year as a 3YO. Tricky.
3 BUBBY JO I liked her first start of the year quite a bit. It appears that Fanning had her pointed to this. I expect a strong showing from her.
4 ZIP IT LOCK IT Continues to struggle since making the move to The Meadowlands. I need to see some improvement. Longshot.
5 DONNA PARTY Her qualifier was a bit better, but I am still not sold on her jumping into contention in this field. Retains longshot status.
6 ABROKENART HANOVER Enters this off a long layoff and a less than stellar qualifier. That just isn’t going to get it done in this spot.
7 ARTIE’S LAST PARTY Raced well in the Petticoat Series which is a tough softer than this. She is on the improve. Much to like here.
8 LADY’S ART She won a leg of The Petticoat, before enduring a very rough trip. Raced OK in the final. Clearly fits in this series. Players.
9 LIZ’S LIL K K At one time, she looked like one of the favorites for this series. That said, her recent form has gone in the wrong direction.
10 WINBAK SPEEDI Last qualifier wasn’t bad and it seems like she is moving in the right direction. Still think she will need a start.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 2-7-5-9
H Horse Comment
1 BLOMKVIST Kicks off one of the most wide-open races of the year. Nice effort to win, but he always comes with a bit of risk. Tricky call.
2 MR FENWICK He is exiting a very fast heat and raced well. I expect to see speed tonight and he is one of many that should be a factor.
3 BIG SKY BATS Rallied into it nicely last week, but is coming out of one of the slower heats from one week ago. Another difficult call.
4 DIPIETRANTONIO I wasn’t too impressed with his effort last week and now Miller chooses to go elsewhere. Would surprise me here.
5 RINGSIDE LAURYN Drop and pop winner last time as she has a knack for this C-2 level. Things will get tougher in this spot.
6 PAISLEY Set a very fast pace last week contributing to that very fast mile. Miller needs to control his speed a little more for him to contend.
7 B L CLASS ACT Fastest winner from last week seemed to relish the move to this level. Clearly is one of the prime win contenders.
8 STARGLOW HALL Has speed, but he needs to last longer in the stretch and going up against a sharp bunch, not sure it will happen here.
9 SCHALOM G Put forth a nice effort last week, but Callahan opted to another division winner and this gelding draws a wide post.
10 CELEBRITY LOVIN Miss by a head to the foe to her inside and now she will need to really step out from post 10. Very tough call.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 5-7-8-10
H Horse Comment
1 NUTMEGS YANKEE Recent form just has not been up to par. Despite exiting a good race at Pocono, she will need to show more.
2 DREAM’S BAR Her form has gone in the wrong direction. Based on her last few starts, I have to imagine a minor award is the ceiling.
3 JOANNIEHASAFANNY Found this level a bit too tough on the move up. Faced a tough drop down winner there. Might improve here.
4 SADIES PLACE Another whose recent form has not been very sharp. I need to see some improvement from here. Longshot.
5 BLACKJACK PRINCESS She has been facing better for some time, and moving to the lowest level in some time, she is a contender.
6 DRAGON PRINCESS Was given some time to freshen up. Andy opted off and it might be best to watch a start for the time being.
7 IF I DIDN’T CARE Moved up the ladder and raced admirably against better. That a positive in this field. Things to like once again.
8 RUNAWAY TRAY She has speed, that is for sure. From this outside post, Miller will have to use every bit of that speed. Major player.
9 CHEYENNE PATTI She can win when she finds the right spot, but this spot is typically a little too tough for her. Call her a fringe player.
10 GORDYYY’S PET Ran into a good mare in Sangaal last time. Now she has to deal with Blackjack Princess on the drop. Post hurts.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 6-5-8-7
H Horse Comment
1 MISS LEE Kicks off what has to be the toughest C-1 trot of the year. Good speed on both ends of the mile. See how Dash For Cash did.
2 CHOCOHOLIC Mare has speed, but she needs a certain type of field to do her best work. This group came up particularly tough.
3 SKYWAY PRISS Shows a couple of races at Dover that are OK, but I do not think they stack up well in this spot. Up against it.
4 KENDALL BLUE Got a good speed tightener under her belt and this is a drop in class. That said, this isn’t your average C-1 trot.
5 HELIOS Just trotted in 1:54.3 in a qualifier. That looks awfully good in a field like this. Let’s see if he comes back in good form. Player.
6 FROM ABOVE Silva’s barn has been waking up a bit and he got one of this 4YO’s best efforts. Maybe that back class is coming to hand.
7 VOLARE DE VIE Tough call here. Exiting some very good races, but the comment in the layoff report below makes me a little skeptical.
8 IN FOCUS Must have needed that last start and gets a move down in class. Have to figure he will be better here. Looks like a contender.
9 FOUNTAINBLEAU VOLO Now 0 for 10 on the year and this C-1 trot came up very tough. I will look elsewhere this time around.
10 SPECTATOR K Jeckyll and Hyde performer. Was very good two starts back, but fell into old habits last time. I will pass from here.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-8-6
H Horse Comment
1 IDEAL REVENUE Steps into the classified system off a win. Don’t believe this race is that tough though. Looks like a player right back.
2 CANTABULOUS Mare has plenty of speed, for sure. When she tires, she tends to run. Callahan’s choice is a pace factor here.
3 BIG SKY ANGELINA Woke up with a much improved effort last time. She has won here before, and that was what I was looking for!
4 CLASSIC FILLY Mixed feelings here. She comes with a mixed bag of efforts. Worth noting the winner of her last two is a good one.
5 CURRENT CRISIS Coming off a break and a 27 length defeat makes it a bit tough to endorse him despite the move down in class.
6 CAITIR Raced well last time, but Miller opts to the likely race favorite. Mare is just 2 for 30 lifetime. Safe to say I have mixed feelings.
7 SCOTTY DOESN’T KNOW Coming off a qualifier against pacers, so it is really tough to get a read on that. Hasn’t won in 2 years.
8 BUZZ BOMB Just couldn’t get past Blomkvist last time, but this is the right level for this gelding. Just needs to work out a trip.
9 BALTIMOR AS Made a bold move at 35-1 last time and perhaps that is an indication that there is more in the tank here. Intriguing.
10 HEIDI FALLS Went from empty two starts back to a nice rally last time. Likely coming from last here. That might be too much to ask.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 6-7-1-3
H Horse Comment
1 BEATGOESON HANOVER Applaud her effort in her first start of the new year. She is one of the leading candidates for her division.
2 UPFRONT BILLY This is a very nice horse and he has done good work this year. That said, this will be his toughest test to date.
3 OPENING NIGHT Not sure why, but he went on a wild gallop last time, which is not like him. Obviously, he is a bounce back candidate.
4 UNESFOISDANSMAVIE She had to need that start after being given some time off to freshen up. She is likely to improve in this start.
5 BLACKTUXEWHITESOCKS This is a serious horse, and even though he might need a start, he is going to be one to watch this year.
6 ICE MACHINE He is in career form right now and beating Sevruga is a serious testament to how good he is right now. Logical contender.
7 SEVRUGA Just got beat by a very sharp horse last week. Expect this race to go very similarly compared to last week. Tough as usual.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 1-3-6-5
H Horse Comment
1 ELLEOFNXAMPLE Gets some needed class relief and off that, she can contend. But, she is also coming off an expanded layoff. Tricky.
2 ARCTIC FIRE N Mixed bag of efforts and she needs the right field to fire her best shot. I think this group came up a bit too tough.
3 MOJARRA HANOVER She has been facing better for some time, so on this class drop she is someone to be reckoned with.
4 LOVE YOU BYE Continues to race well but will also be facing a bit tougher of a group this time around. Expect her to earn a smaller share.
5 DE VINS GIRL Won against a bit softer in her last start here. She might work out a trip from here. Could be an intriguing price play.
6 CLEAR VIEW HANOVER She came with her rally, but it was too little to late last time. This field is a little tougher. She needs a setup.
7 MISS SAND CREEK Continues to race well, but she was just doing enough to earn a minor award at this level. Fringe player in here.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 8-5-1-6
H Horse Comment
1 KIMMY She was not as effective in that claiming event, which is the opposite if the typical handicapping angle. Not sure what to expect.
2 I’M JUST SPECIAL She was better last week and showed an earlier move than usual. Maybe she is in line for a better effort tonight.
3 GE’S JODY She has been facing softer at Freehold and typically this move from nw1500 to C-2 has not worked in the past.
4 SHAYNA BABY Not sure what has happened to her lately. I know she has more in the tank. Moves to a new barn here. Watching one.
5 BIJOU THEATER She has been in good form this year and was Callahan’s choice of three here. One of the main contenders in this field.
6 SLEAZY DOES IT Moving from a nw2 to a C-2 varies depending on a horses ability. She might be a bit vulnerable if she goes off favored.
7 PEOPLE FRIENDLY Making the same move as ‘Sleazy but was not as effective as that foe. The price will be better with this mare.
8 CAROLSTERN She is improving which is good to see, but as she improves her price drops. 4/1 could be a bargain with her here.
9 GOIN BROKE Recent form at Philly has been OK, but I don’t think she has the speed to overcome this wide post. Leaning elsewhere.
10 I DO IT MYSELF Concerned that she was not as effective on the move to the claimers last time. Might be coming from last here.