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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, June 14, 2013

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 6-2-5-3
H Horse Comment
1 TOUCH OF CHARM Not a very inspiring effort in Leg 1 as this mare offered little once shown racetrack. She will need to improve here.
2 MC TINY’S HOPE Nothing wrong with her effort last week as she had way too much ground to make up. If closer, she can threaten.
3 FOUNTAINBLEAU VOLO Still looking for his first win of the season and at this point he seems more likely to earn a minor award.
4 BIG SKY ANGELINA Passed a few in the stretch to earn a check last week. Takes back and hopes for a similar result here.
5 CAITIR Tough trip from post 10 last week as that was actually one of her better efforts. She is worth including in exotics in this spot.
6 SCHALOM G Goes without saying that this is the horse to beat, but you will have to take 3-5 again. Not much to knock here. The chalk.
7 PEGASUS BLUE CHIP Took play last week but had a brutal trip and was never really involved. Yannick must keep him closer tonight.
8 RINGSIDE WINNER Her effort on 5-31 was encouraging, but she did not factor when facing these last week. Retains longshot status.
9 WILD SMILE Doesn’t have the gate speed required to be aggressive, so he will likely get away last. Given his form, I will play against.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 1-4-6-1B
H Horse Comment
1 ERGO HANOVER Connections are fairly high on this horse. I think he prefers the bigger track, so I will toss out his most recent try. Player.
1A LINDY’S TRU GRIT Nice looking qualifier, granted he will need to be much faster here. There is upside as he only has 1 lifetime start.
1B MASTER OF LAW Colt looks like a different animal compared to his two year old season. Took the hobbles off and it’s made a difference.
2 ZOLI Has picked up a pair of checks in his last 2 starts, but is yet to show me that he is ready to take a step forward, which is needed.
2A TORNADO As the races get faster, he seems to get a little lost in the field. Fell into a mistake last time as well. I am leaning against here.
3 VAYA CON DIOS His first two starts of the year we decent, but he made a mistake last week. Tetrick chooses off as well. Will need more.
4 LAUDERDALE Caught a very good horse in Raven Victory last week. This barn is 0 for its last 5 since starting red hot. Still, a player.
5 DUOLOTTACHEATIN Was bet down to 4/5 last week but made a break past the ½ mile pole. Filly has ability, but no mistakes allowed.
6 HERE’S JOHNNY I think we can toss out that last effort, he is better than that. Has speed and while he is 0 for 11, he is an exotics player.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 8-5-6-4
H Horse Comment
1 IL IZZAIOLO He has not been able to step up off that win at Vernon. While he gets some needed class relief, I wonder if he’s fast enough.
2 STIRLING BULLET Well-beaten last time and his recent form just doesn’t seem to hold up well in here. Looks like a longshot again.
3 HOWE’S MAGIC He has been triple-digit odds in his last pair of starts without any success. I will continue to leave him off my tickets.
4 NAUTILUS DE VIE Made a mistake last week at Vernon and this colt will need to get back to his 6/2 effort. Has a chance with his best.
5 CANTAB JONES Made up a ton of ground last week trotting a big final quarter. He should work out a trio from here. In softer, too.
6 BAS HANOVER Still believe this colt is better than he is leading us to believe. If he can race back to that 5/31 mile, he can contend here.
7 THE FRANCHISE His form has gone in the wrong direction and Tetrick chooses off here as well. Catches softer, but still needs better.
8 ANARCHY Drops out of the Survivor Series and this is clearly an easier spot. There is upside here and I am expecting much better.
9 JUST CHOCOLATE Not sure he has the early speed to get away from the gate here and he doesn’t finish his miles well wither. Pass.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 3-8-6-4
H Horse Comment
1 GOINROUNDNCIRCLES Is she ready to pace in 1:53? That’s what will be needed to be competitive in this field. I am not sure.
2 MOONLESS NIGHT Coming off a series of qualifier that are spread out over a year. Only one qualifier in the last 6 weeks. Not for me.
3 TRUE REFLECTION She is coming off back to back sharp efforts and off those miles, she merits strong consideration in this field.
4 LIZ’S LIL K K There is no way around it, she is going to take money here. Off her last mile, she will be a popular choice. Must include.
5 MCTHIRD DIMENSION That win against nw1 company at Freehold just doesn’t stack up well in this spot. She will need more.
6 MC GILLACUDY-HENRY That 1:53.1 line looks decent 2 starts back and gets Yannick now. Still, she is 1 for 39, so I can’t put on top.
7 SPARK OUT Post 9 is a very difficult place to win from at Tioga and I think she is better than that mile indicates. Worth including at a price.
8 ALL PERFECT Her effort on 5/16 is good enough to win this. Off that mile, she is likely to take plenty of action here. Logical contender.
9 ZINDERELLA Scratches into what appears to be a softer spot. Off the sick scratch, I am not sure we will see speed. Barn still struggling.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 3-1-6-4
H Horse Comment
1 PEACEFUL EZ FEELIN This filly looks like she is ready to break through. Her last effort was much improved. Clearly a logical contender.
2 VARIETY GIRL That last race was a sneaky good mile. She catches a field without any world-beaters and perhaps she can hit the ticket.
3 MASSMANIAN DEVIL Not a bad effort last time and the top 2 fillies in that mile would be strong favorites in here. Might break that 0 for 15!
4 RICHESSE OBLIGE S Got a start under her belt and draws well in this field. Filly figures to be tighter and I can see her hitting the ticket.
5 SAXINTHECITY Gave a much better account of herself last time, but this filly struggles to keep her form consistent. Mixed feelings.
6 SUZELLE HANOVER Dominated that last group and now moves up to the nw2 level. She is fast enough and is certainly sharp. Contender.
7 BULL SPREADER She has a little bit of speed, although her staying power can be questioned. Just 1 for 21 in her career as well.
8 KARALTA BYE BYE She is getting some class relief, although I caution those Stallion Series races are just OK. Can improve here.
9 MISS LEE Pierce opts off here and that win against nw5000 at Yonkers looks a little light in here. I think she is up against it.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 9-2-8-3
H Horse Comment
1 SUPERSTAR DREAM With the exception of her 5/31 effort, her form looks pretty solid. She seems to always offer value at M1, too.
2 HOW ‘BOUT A SMOOCH She was much better last week and this race is completely wide open. Any more improvement, she is right there.
3 CROWN LADY She was favored while 3.70 on the dollar last week. Wow. She is one of many win contenders in this crapshoot. Player.
4 SOLID QUEEN That was a disappointing effort last time, but if she rebounds, she can also be right there. Price should be much better.
5 CHEYENNE PATTI Gets major post improvement here and her late rally will attract plenty of attention. Might be an underlay in here.
6 CAROLSTERN That’s a rough race she is coming out of and keep in mind she was just 7/2 last week. Might be a value play in here.
7 SAMMY L She was involved in some interference in the stretch too. I guess she is a longshot, but she can hit the bottom of the ticket.
8 PERSUASIVE HANOVER That was a very solid try last week and she seems to always offer a price. Expect “Irish” Joe to blast again.
9 DE VINS GIRL That was a big mile while going a very tough trip last week. I was ready to bet her back, but this race is so tough! Use ALL!
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 5-8-3-9
H Horse Comment
1 LADY’S ART Did not factor last week and while she might be better with a start off the scratch under her belt, she is still a longshot here.
2 DRAGON PRINCESS The tote board usually tells the tale with this mare. Her form has not been sharp. If she gets bet, pay attention.
3 ABROKENART HANOVER That was a good mile last week off the sick scratch and she is a candidate to improve here. Logical contender.
4 ODDS ON AVENTURE This race is similar to what she was facing at Pocono in mid-May. She will offer a decent price and should contend.
5 CHAROLETTES MAGGIE Goes from post 10 to post 5 and gets back Tetrick. That should reduce her price about 75%. A contender.
6 HULA’S Z TAM Saved ground and had pace last time out. That was an improved effort. She is still just 2 for her last 36. Tough call.
7 DREAM’S BAR Has no raced in 4 weeks and is coming off a sick scratch. Steps up a notch, too. I need to see a start now.
8 IDEAL IN VEGAS What a rally last week and she catches several of the same mares here. Hard to argue with her last race. Must include.
9 ITS DE LOVELY She is getting some sizable class relief and I am not worried about Mike opting to Pat’s horse. This is a major player.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 7-9-4-6
H Horse Comment
1 VINTAGE OAKS That was a big mile she went in the NJSS Final. She is facing some colts and some older in here. An exotics candidate.
2 INSIDER ACCESS Not easy to make your first start of the year in the Empire Breeders against a horse that is 6 for 6. Watch this time.
3 KRISTINS VICTORY She had a nice season as a three year old, but we know how tough this transition can be. I will watch this start.
4 SILVER CREDIT Filly loomed up boldly in the stretch last week, but flattened out late. She might have had too much to do. Can improve.
5 AMALFI COAST Gelding is prone to the miscue and I did not see enough in that qualifier to rate him a contender in this tough field.
6 VIDA DE VIE Did a good job to pick up a check in the Sire Stakes Final. This is a tougher than usual nw2, but she can contend here.
7 E L ROCKET A Burke 3YO that qualified in 1:53.3 behind a Hambo contender. This horse is likely to get pounded. Might be an underlay.
8 SIX GUN HALL Has won 2 of his last 3, but these types that ship up from Harrington are typically in tougher here. I will pass for now.
9 ORDER BY KEEPER He jumped up with a much improved effort when last seen here, but made a mistake at Vernon. Loses Gingras.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 9-6-3-8
H Horse Comment
1 A PERFECT DEO Shows one start off the qualifier and it was not particularly solid. Looks like this mare will need another race or two.
2 LILLYWHITES She faced better last time and gets a class drop as well. Kimelman will need to keep her closer. Worth a dime-super play.
3 JOANIEHASAFANNY Showed speed last week, but could not pace with them late. Tetrick chooses off here. Maybe she lands a share.
4 YOU LITTLE RASCAL She is 0 for 14 on the year and her lone solid try came against $10k claimers at Pocono. Not sold on her chances.
5 IDEAL GINNY That was a better mile last time and perhaps the freshening helped her out. Good post. Perhaps she can hit the ticket.
6 NIGHTLY TERROR On this class drop she is clearly the one to beat. Looks like the only one that can go sub-1:52 here. Deserving chalk.
7 DAWG’S BUDDY Did not factor at all last time and lost 6 lengths in the stretch, despite pacing home in 27.2. She needs more.
8 IF I DIDN’T CARE Just left with too much to do last time and she is better than that mile indicates. That said, she must improve to win.
9 BRAVEHEARTEDMILLIE Aggressively driven last time and she had a right to get tired. Pierce’s choice looks like a legit contender.
10 GE’S JODY Not sure where she is going from here as I doubt Ginsburg is blasting. Can’t win this race from last, either. Longshot.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 2-5-1-6
H Horse Comment
1 BIG SKY BATS Rallied well to finish a fast closing 2nd, but she was out-sprinted by T P Lucy. She must get the jump on that mare here.
2 O DANA O This mare doesn’t want to be that far back, and post 11 put her in a tough spot. I think we can expect speed this time. Player.
3 CAPTAIN PRIMEAU I suppose the move to Gingras will attract some attention, but he has a lot of ground to make up. Watch tote board.
4 ROAD RASH Brutal trip from post 12 last time. He is capable of better in here with a smoother journey. Still needs to step it up.
5 T P LUCY Showed his class winning last week and he avoids Schalom G here, so he figures to be tough to hold off again. Perfect post.
6 MARCUS BI Went to the lead last time and raced well. I would rather see him come off a helmet in here. Looks like an exotics candidate.
7 KENDA Passed a few horses in the stretch last time, but it wasn’t enough to threaten to win in this group. Will need even more now.
8 TRAVELIN PREACHER Had no chance last week, but his recent form just has not been there. Looks like a longshot again.
9 REGION HALL Showed speed, but made a break when tiring. Those are back to back mistakes, so I will play against once again.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 6-2-5-8
H Horse Comment
1 ARIANE HANOVER Coming off back to back sub-par efforts. Granted she gets some post relief here, but she still looks like a longshot.
2 CAROLSIDEAL Catches a soft-group here and she is coming off a rather easy win against nearly all of these. Strictly, the one to beat.
3 LOOK ANNIE HALL Sat along the pylons, but didn’t offer any pop in the stretch. She is hard to recommend off that effort. Longshot.
4 POLISHEDPERFECTION Mare was unable to win at the $5k claiming level at Pocono. Last effort doesn’t bode well. Still a big price.
5 SHAKER REI Just had too much ground to make up from post 12. This is a perfect post and this mare will be in the outer flow.
6 JARNAC Sat inside and angled for room in the stretch and did well to earn a check. If she stays closer, she has a chance to catch ‘Carol.
7 RAIDERS FAVORITE Just not seeing the form from her that I would need to see to consider her a contender in this group.
8 FEELINGMIGHTYGOOD She took a step back last time and perhaps this series is just a little too tough for her. She will need better.
9 ISLAND TERROR Brutal trip last time and I am not sure where she is going from this outside draw. She is a longshot once again.
12 Twelfth Race Entries
Picks: 9-4-6-7
H Horse Comment
1 VAPORSTAR Bet down to favoritism last time but made a break early. That is three starts in a row he has gone off-stride. That’s troubling.
2 SPECIAL COMMAND Just 1 for his last 35, but that win he shows at Harrah’s Philly can make him a contender. Still, off for 5 weeks.
3 CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM Not bad last time, but he is still 0 for 19 on the year and it is hard to make a case for him winning here.
4 GO TAPAIGH He will either win this by 5 or he will break. If you like him, you are likely taking a short price. Very tricky call with no value.
5 GIANT CLASH Just cannot recommend him off those qualifiers or his start at Balmoral. He is a longshot in this field.
6 BLAZIN DELORES This mare was OK last time and if she can go just a little bit faster in here, she can hit the board at a decent price.
7 SOUTHWIND CORNELL Respect his speed, but he just doesn’t seem to offer much in the stretch. Connections will likely diminish value.
8 CONWAY CRUISER Last pair of starts aren’t very good and while he shows a couple of decent tries recently, a minor award is his ceiling.
9 BEAU JOE This gelding might be worth a shot in this field. Parked 3-wide to the ¼ last time and is trotting in 1:56 at RcR. Has speed too.
10 RINGSIDE LAURYN Still not liking what I see from this mare and I don’t think she will handle post 10 very well either. Not for me.
13 Thirteenth Race Entries
Picks: 2-8-5-1
H Horse Comment
1 ART’S JIMMY RAY Just offered no pop in the stretch last time. Was out the whole mile though. Catches a suspect group, so he has a shot.
2 LEMON DROP HALL If he races back to either of his last 2, he is the one to beat once again. Price isn’t there, but nothing to knock here.
3 L M XKR Takes back and passes a few, that seems to be his M.O. That said, I will use him accordingly in this spot. Exotics candidate.
4 AREZZO HANOVER He just cannot stay pacing. If he ever does, he will win at this level, but if I picked him, it would be a total guess.
5 CR FIXED ASSET Out-raced his odds last time and he has a good post here as well. Perhaps he can work out a good trip here.
6 WHITESAND HOOLIGAN Had he come into this race off his 5/14 mile, I would give him a look. But he has really tailed off since.
7 WILDRIDGE SAM Neither of his 2 starts here were particularly encouraging and I need to see more before I can recommend.
8 CULLENS BLUE JEAN Took a shot with some speed last time and he just got tired late. The driver change will attract some attention here.
9 IN KENNY’S HONOR Gets Pierce back but he will need to use all of his speed to get away from here. More likely to earn a minor award.
10 LORD OF THE BLING Nice rally last time, but he doesn’t have the speed to overcome the draw and could be coming from last.