Darin Zoccali

Darin Zoccali is a graduate of St. John's University. At the age of 23, he became a regular on the "Racing From The Meadowlands" television broadcast. A track announcer at multiple venues, he is a radio host on SiriusXM Radio and in 2012 became a TVG correspondent, Morning Line Oddsmaker and Track Handicapper at The New Meadowlands. The following year he was named Director of Racing Operations.

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FREE HARNESS RACING SELECTIONS - Darin Zoccali will be handicapping the feature race at The New Meadowlands nightly and will occasionally cover a major national harness race from other venues.

Saturday, April 26, 2014


Always B Miki Tops Tonight’s Reynolds Memorial Feature


1 FRANKANDJOANNE He raced leading Meadowlands Pace contender JK Endofanera to a head photo at Lexington. Horse has talent.

1A PARNU HANOVER I liked both his qualifiers. Meadowlands Pace eligible. $140,000 Harrisburg buy is a kin to Panther Hanover. Talented.

2 STRATOS HANOVER Stopped on the Weiss following his 3/29 defeat. Beat a nice horse in New Kind last time. Things to like here as well.

2A THE LUNCH PAIL Showed talent right away winning at first-asking. Paced in 1:51.3 as a 2yo, winning a stake. 2nd to ‘Allstar last year.

3 BEST SAID His form has gone in the wrong direction since his year began. That is a bad sign because the races are only getting tougher.

4 AIR FORCE GUARD Not a bad effort last time. Loses Callahan here and while he can save ground for a share, he needs more to win this.

5 CARD SHOCK Looks like the longshot of the field despite back to back sub-27 final quarters. Would need to step up his game to conted.

6 ALLSTAR PARTNER The 2013 PASS Champion. Worth noting Callahan opts here over ‘Miki. He is #7 on the latest Road to the M1 Pace.

7 ALWAYS B MIKI Moved into the top-10 of the Road to the M1 Pace with last win. Very fast horse to say the least. Gingras sticks to drive.

Picks: 7-6-2-2A


Written by Darin Zoccali - TVG Correspondent Darin Zoccali is the Morning Line Oddsmaker and Track Handicapper at the New Meadowlands

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FREE HARNESS RACING SELECTIONS - Darin Zoccali will be handicapping the feature race at The New Meadowlands nightly and will occasionally cover a major national harness race from other venues.

Friday, April 11, 2014


In Friday’s Feature, the Millers Have It


Seventh Race


1 ABROKENART HANOVER Defeated what I maintain was the strongest of the three divisions. It is interesting that Campbell chose off.

1A ALWAYS ON A ROLL Overcame the wide draw to win last week. Rewarded with post 10 yet again. Loses Andy as well. Still a contender.

2 WOMAN OF TERROR Making her second start off the layoff. She wasn’t bad last week either. Took a lot of air and still paced home strong.

3 NUTMEGS CIDER Parlayed a perfect second over trip into a 24-1 upset last week. Can she duplicate that effort at a shorter price? Tricky.

4 FANCY PANTS SANDY Caught behind a stalled horse in the pocket and rallied well up the pylons. A repeat of that puts her in the mix.

5 SYNERGY SEELSTER Sat 2nd over behind the winner last week but could not keep pace. She will need to step up her game to win this.

6 JARNAC Continues to out-race her odds each and every start. She is versatile as well. It wouldn’t be wise to leave her off your tickets.

7 ITS DE LOVELY Angled with pace last week and almost got there. Could be poised to work out a live cover trip. Another contender in here.

8 CULT STATUS I suppose she was disappointing last week as I didn’t see any excuse. Still, she has class. The all button is your friend here.

9 KZ BEACH GIRL I suppose she is the longshot, but it is not as if she raced badly last week. I really cannot dismiss her completely either.


Picks: 1-2-7-6



Written by Darin Zoccali - TVG Correspondent Darin Zoccali is the Morning Line Oddsmaker and Track Handicapper at the New Meadowlands

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FREE HARNESS RACING SELECTIONS - Darin Zoccali will be handicapping the feature race at The New Meadowlands nightly and will occasionally cover a major national harness race from other venues.

Thursday, April 03, 2014


Dark Horse in Friday Meadowlands Feature


1 AMIGO RANGER Very odd Horse & Groom finally with a cluster of breakers. Must bounce back to one of his better efforts. Outsider here.

2 WORLD CUP He was good last time, showing speed on both ends of the mile. Seems to be rounding into form. One of several contenders.

3 REAL BABE She loomed up last week, but was a bit short. That’s no problem as she will only get better from here. Logical win player.

4 BANKER VOLO Did enough to earn a check in the Horse & Groom. This level though is tougher and might be a bit out of reach for now.

5 DRIFT AWAY Performed better than I anticipated last week. Facing several of the same contenders. Must repeat that effort to contend.

6 UNDERCOVER STRIKE Defeated Quick Deal in that qualifier. Interesting move to the Czernyson barn as well. Worth a long look here.

7 SWEET JUSTICE Good to see him get back to his winning ways last week. Now, faces a bit tougher of an assignment. Still will be tough.

8 QUICK DEAL Appeared a little short in that qualifier. When this horse is on top of his game, he is crazy fast. Looms as a wild card here.

Picks: 6-2-7-3


Written by John Pricci - TVG Correspondent Darin Zoccali is the Morning Line Oddsmaker and Track Handicapper at the New Meadowlands

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