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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 Saturday, July 21, 2012

1 First Race Entries
Picks: 6-4-8-7
H Horse Comment
1 KEEP GOING Raced better last week, showing speed on both ends of the mile. This field is wide open and he has a good a chance as any.
2 KAUFMAN HANOVER No excuse last time as this gelding just came up empty. His prior effort was good though. Mixed signals here.
3 MEGA LIGHTNING Like many in here, he is dropping in class, so I’m not sure how much of a drop it is. He ran out of steam in the lane.
4 EAGLE JOLT Gets the tepid call as the favorite in a wide open field. The drop in class is immense and his speed makes him dangerous.
5 RILEYS LUCK Just couldn’t stay close enough last week. Raced OK at this level on 7/7, but this field is much tougher. Must step it up.
6 GREAT VINTAGE Been facing a couple of tough fields and finished 2nd to the Meadowlands Pace runner-up on 6/30. Legitimate Threat.
7 SCOTTY MACH N His best asset is his speed and I expect Rattray to send him out. Caught a loaded field for this class. Still a player.
8 ART FOR ARTS SAKE He’s been close in each of his last couple of starts. The wide draw won’t help him. Like that he picks up Miller.
2 Second Race Entries
Picks: 9-4-2-5
H Horse Comment
1 LEGENDARY MYTH His QUA’s have been decent, but things haven’t worked out so far under the lights this year. Watch for improvement.
2 LEGAL DREAM Showed serious improvement in his last start, pacing a much faster mile. He has early speed too. Looks like a contender.
3 SAVANNAH SPLENDOR Got off to a slow start last week from the pole. He passed several horses in the stretch. Must stay closer early.
4 EIGHT TEN EOM Finally, he gets a good post position, and he is likely to take money on that alone. Lachance has options here. Player.
5 DOC TELLADAY He came from a tough spot last time and just flattened out in the stretch. He can improve off that. Should offer value too.
6 ROCK N ROLL LEGEND Added Lasix last time but he made a miscue. Gelding is yet to prove he can win at the big track. Up against it.
7 CROCODILE ROCK Showed speed last time before getting tired. He’s probably better from off the pace. With a trip, he can get a piece.
8 ONLY ROCK N ROLL He just has not been finishing his miles with a flourish and is now 0 for 9 on the year. He must find more in the lane.
9 MR POMPO Squandered a pocket trip last out, but he may have needed that start off the freshening. He is a candidate to improve. Upside.
10 HOT ART He certainly has put together a pair of nice rallies his last 2 starts. But, will he have to pass the whole field here? That’s tough.
3 Third Race Entries
Picks: 6-1-3-4
H Horse Comment
1 ROCKSTAR TEMPER Been facing better and he almost pulled off an upset against a better group on 6/23. Class drop will only help him.
2 HARRAH’S BEST Been struggling once again this year, following a winless 2011. He is hard to endorse until he shows improvement.
3 FOUR STARZ LOUIE Those last pair of starts were against solid fields for Nw6500. That makes this a major class drop. Should be tough.
4 BRANDON’S COLT He was 2nd to a big dropdown winner at this level in early June. If he can re-find that effort, he can win this. Player.
5 FROG JUICE New pilot has to find a way to keep him closer early. It’s nearly impossible to win when your 10th at ¾’s. This is a class drop.
6 CARSON CITY ROAD Raced well on Tuesday at Yonkers and that’s encouraging off a good effort at Tioga. Seems to be moving forward.
7 INCOGNITO Never got involved from post 10 last time. He has been rather dull for the past few weeks. Like that he gets Miller in this field.
8 TREY He was a little better last time, but he still isn’t finding enough in the stretch. But he has been progressing. Using in the dime super.
9 YOUTH UPRISING Doesn’t have much early speed and doesn’t finish his miles well. That’s a rough combination. Must step it up.
10 HE’S A BEACHBOY Gelding has a little bit of speed, but not sure how he is going to handle the long stretch. I advise watching this time.
4 Fourth Race Entries
Picks: 6-7-5-1
H Horse Comment
1 FROM ABOVE He was considerably better in The Dancer, that’s a positive step for him. Drew well and let’s see another step forward.
2 GYM TAN LAUNDRY His effort in The Goodtimes was encouraging, but he was not as good in The Dancer. Still, that was a fast mile.
3 ROYAL SHYSTER This colt cost a pretty penny at Harrisburg, and frankly he has been a disappointment. He was an excellent 2 year old.
4 NEW YORK MUSCLE Owns a win in Nw1 company. This is massive leap in class from there. Tackles several legit Hambo contenders.
5 RICCOLO Trond found his Hambo horse, in Illinois. Private purchase has been on a tear this year. Is he this good? Trond only helps.
6 MARKET SHARE I really like this colt. He seems to always come with a solid try. He likes this track and I think he could be tough to beat.
7 WEINGARTNER Colt really could not have looked any better in that QUA. He is on the fast track to Hambo, so a big effort is required.
5 Fifth Race Entries
Picks: 6-3-2-1
H Horse Comment
1 WESTERN TRADEMARK This is the right level, and you have to like the move inside. There are a handful of contenders, including him.
2 INTHEBLINKOFANEYE Speaking of contenders, it is hard to be much sharper than this gelding. He responded to the class drop, too.
3 FITZ’S Z TAM He has been facing tougher than this virtually all year, so this class drop is significant. Can easily jump up and win this.
4 KEVLAR HANOVER Disappointing in that series final and now has been off 3 weeks. He’s a fringe player in a very difficult field. Maybe.
5 MCELODIAN Never really got seriously involved last time. He should find himself in a live outer flow here. But, he’ll need to be better.
6 MCCLELLAND Been facing some of the better older horses in the game and catches some serious class relief here. He’ll be a handful.
7 RESCUE PLAN Like the speed he showed on both ends of the mile last time. Not sure he can win this, but he should be left on tickets.
8 SNIPER SEELSTER Beat a softer group on 6/30, but last time against similar he could only manage a minor award. Similar result here.
6 Sixth Race Entries
Picks: 5-1-7-2
H Horse Comment
1 BULLET BOB Kicks off a tough field. He was good last time, and finished 2nd behind ‘Verdad on 6/30, who he meets again. Using a bit.
2 SHAKERATTLENROCK He is going to take play off his Meadowlands Pace lines, but he’s far from a lock here. Wouldn’t take short price.
3 MORTAL ZIN His past couple of starts have not been very productive and in a field like this, a major turnaround is required.
4 DIVULGE He brought a large sales price at the January Sale, and he is yet to perform to that price. Talented, but he needs to improve.
5 VERDAD It is not easy for a 3YO to face tough older condition horses, so his last effort was good. I think he is a major contender in here.
6 SOCIAL NETWORK He’s been facing older horses lately, so perhaps he can be better here. But, his tardy starts are becoming a concern.
7 COLD HEARTED SHARK Hard to be much sharper than this guy is for Team Teague. He should be a legitimate contender in here.
8 PRINCE SHARKA Exits the same race as ‘Network, so he should also appreciate the move to just 3YO’s. Can see him earning a share.
7 Seventh Race Entries
Picks: 3-7-1-9
H Horse Comment
1 OSCAR OSCAR Coming off a sick scratch. Prior to that he got buried inside behind and really had no chance. This field is a tad easier.
2 AVENUE HANOVER Making his 2nd start back off the layoff and he certainly wasn’t bad last time. I would keep him on dime super tickets.
3 BIG BAM RAY Renews his rivalry with Oscar here and he might be a bit sharper than that foe. He was able to stay closer on 7/7, too.
4 MEANT TO BE ME This horse has such a high cruising speed and he should improve in his 3rd start off the freshening. Interesting.
5 BOLERO ANDREW Nothing wrong with his last effort, except this field came up much tougher. He’ll need to be even better in here.
6 FREDDY DAY HANOVER He raced well against Blatantly Good, and just throw out his last start from post 8 at YR. Will offer a price.
7 WON THE WEST What do we expect here? He just has not been the same horse this year. He is likely to be favored. Scary proposition.
8 GRAMS LEGACY Showed up with a much improved effort last time and he likely will have to be even better here. Should offer value.
9 PANESTHETIC You always have to respect his speed and he is still pretty sharp. Can he take this field wire to wire? Tough assignment.
8 Eigth Race Entries
Picks: 5-1-8-2
H Horse Comment
1 D MAC Getting some class relief here, but he also hasn’t race in 5 weeks. Winner of last was a very good 3rd in The Meadowlands Pace.
2 ARTS IDEAL HANOVER That was a sharp qualifier to say the least. But, he has made breaks in his last 3 pari-mutuel races. Risky.
3 RELENTLESS DREAMER Has not handled the move up to Nw3 company very well. It would take a form reversal now to contend.
4 LLC DELIGHT He’s in the upcoming Mixed Sale so the connections are looking for a good effort. Still, he is a tough play off his last pair.
5 TAXED Threw in an uncharacteristic break last time. Although he has just one win this year, he should work out a trip from here. Value play.
6 MICHAEL’S DREAM He has not taken his Rosecroft form on the road with him and this field won’t make it any easier on him. Longshot.
7 ROCKWEILLER Nobody in this class was beating Brent Montana last time. This field has some talent in it as well. Prefer underneath.
8 MAJOR BOMBAY Could not overcome the mistake leaving the gate last week. If he has his mind on business, he will be a legit contender.
9 EVERGREEN POWER That was a big effort off the bench last time. Still the move from Nw2 to Nw3 is a demanding one. Mixed feelings.
9 Ninth Race Entries
Picks: 6-5-2-3
H Horse Comment
1 BEWARE OF DARKNESS He has been decent lately. Still, this field is tougher than what he has been facing. Must step up his game.
2 BLUE CLAW This looks like the kind of spot that he can make his presence felt. He is likely to take money in this spot. Win is possible.
3 STOPWATCH N Got aggressive last week against a tougher field and he came up short. This should be more to his liking. Clear contender.
4 HURRIKANE ANTHONY Steps up off a loss which is a tough angle to work with. Still, he is in better form than several of these. Maybe.
5 HIGH NOON He was just even last time, but that field was a bit stronger than this. He could work out a nice trip from here. Worth using.
6 WINDFALL BLUE CHIP He has been OK lately, although his last race was a bit disappointing. This field looks more manageable. I like him.
7 JIN DANDY He has not been able to find the form he showed over the winter and he hasn’t given a reason to expect big improvement.
8 ATTACK MODES BILLY His lack of early speed always makes him a tricky proposition, especially when he draws outside. Must stay close.
9 TAKESHIGEMICHI He continues to lose ground in the stretch and doesn’t have the early speed to overcome the wide draw. Longshot.
10 Tenth Race Entries
Picks: 7-2-5-1
H Horse Comment
1 CULLENS BLUE JEAN He has been decent of late, but hasn’t shown the knockout punch required to breakthrough. He is close though.
2 DA VISION OF ART Took all the money first time off the claim and showed up with a big effort. He should be a handful here once again.
3 EVENING JOB I guess this is a slight drop in class, but not by much. His form has been rather dull of late. He’ll need to improve to contend.
4 REMISSIONOFSINS He has been racing pretty well of late and now gets a bump up the class ladder. This field will be much tougher.
5 ART’S JIMMY RAY Just could not get to ‘Vision last time. If he can work out a live cover trip, I can see him getting a bit closer. Possible.
6 JOLT He has been facing better just about all season. But, his last effort isn’t very inspiring. He can wake up with the class drop. Maybe.
7 TOO MUCH PEPPER He is very sharp and there is no reason to expect any regression here. Most likely candidate to upset the favorite.
8 VEAL MARSALA He seems to have rounded back into form and he is interesting on the move into claimers. Not without a chance.
11 Eleventh Race Entries
Picks: 10-2-1-5
H Horse Comment
1 CR FIXED ASSET He raced better on the move back down to this level. Draws the same outside post and merits win consideration here.
2 BLADE RUNNER Ran into a buzz-saw in Ideal Matters last time. That field wasn’t that strong otherwise, but he raced well. Contender.
3 AINTNOFOOLSGOLD Has put forth a series of even tries lately at Philly. Gelding is now 0 for 14 on the year though. Minor award possible.
4 POKER CHAMP Form has been rather dull of late and he hasn’t hinted at a turnaround yet. Retains longshot status for now.
5 PARTY FOR TWO His last pair of efforts have been an improvement and he draws well here. Expect him to work out a live cover trip.
6 T M TOP GUN Coming off a handful of dull tries and he doesn’t have much gate speed either. Have to watch for signs of improvement.
7 ONLY IN AMERICAN His effort from 6/13 at Philly wasn’t bad, but his other efforts are sluggish. Now 0 for 9 this year. Needs a turnaround.
8 ALA CARTE BILL His last pair of starts have been a bit better and while he is often at the mercy of pace and trip, he can hit the ticket.
9 JUMPIN JACK FLASH Shows a pair of wins lately which catches the eye in this field. Still, one was an amateur race, the other a soft field.
10 JOE DE FINO I am going to take a flyer on this guy. At time he has hinted at ability and he seems to have more upside than others in here.