Mike Dimoff is Magoo, Arizona Downs’ television race analyst. He broadcasts throughout the facility from the paddock between races offering analysis, insight, and race day picks to the fans. Mike has an extensive background of 30 years in the thoroughbred industry. He has applied his trade at tracks in all corners of North America, most recently as track announcer and television race analyst at Fort Erie Racetrack on the border of Buffalo, New York. Scottsdale is home so naturally AZD was a good fit for Mike, and he is excited to join the team here in Prescott.
Statistics as of June 14:
In the money: 57.8% (64-18-10-9)
Win %: 28.1% (18-64)
Race day picks for Saturday June 15, 2019:
8 – SPECIAL SEASON – This is a tricky race to get the day started. In large part because there is the unknown factor of this horse. Most of the horses are either speed horses that fade or deep closers. There doesn’t seem to be enough pace to benefit deep closers. SPECIAL SEASON seems the most likely to be sitting in the cat bird seat when speed fades and get the jump on any deep closers. Often the rule is if you’re not winning on synthetic then you should handle dirt. The pick.
2 – MY DISCRETION – I may be sorry but I need to give this guy one more consideration. Faced tougher in most recent start and may not get much pressure in the first half of race.
6 – CALL IT LUKE – Seems to be the best of the deep closers in the field but he has no early speed and I’m not sure there will be enough of a pace scenario to allow him to show us his best stuff.
2 – SHINE ON ME – Taking the unknown again in this race. Moves from synthetic surface to the real stuff but the barn isn’t running her over her own head. Placed to win at first asking.
8 – UH OH SEVEN – The horse to beat but this isn’t the first time she played that role……and she played it a little too well getting beat. I am guarded of horses that develop “second syndrome.”
5 – PREFERRED- The filly with the most reason to move forward. I have her improving with the start over the AZD course.
5 – TENGAS RANSOM – “TR” was a non-factor in his AZD debut and I never like to endorse a beaten favorite in his last race, but I think he really needed the start and he has had a decent work since then. Should be much tighter today and give a good account of himself in an incredibly competitive 3rd race.
3 – TIZJOHNDEERSWAY – This barn does well with running new acquisitions in their 2nd start. This guy had to grind near the front in his last race and has had ample time to recover from the grind.
7 – FUSAICHI SAMURAI – He cost some money and he’s made some money. Had an eye-catching work the other morning. Don’t sleep on him.
8 – ROSAT – ….and the races get tougher. Tough race to kick off pick 5. I like ROSAT but this post isn’t ideal.
1 – BRAVE ACTION – This horse really stands to move forward from his last race…. a race that he really needed. He should save ground and be in a good spot turning for home.
7 – HIDDEN GUN – This horse comes home to a barn that claimed him back and has had success with him earlier this year.
2 – DELIGHTFUL ANA – This girl should move forward with the drop in class. She needed her AZD debut.
4 – BLUEGRASS BETTY – She is good enough to win. A race over the track would have been extra nice but she still must be considered a strong threat.
10 – SHE’S OUR TIZBUD – She really seemed to take to the course. Good sign.
8 – ALLEN’S CROWN – “AC” is most likely to improve off his recent start at AZD. A little extra ground shouldn’t hurt and by process of elimination he’s my pick.
VENDING MACHINE – Scratched
BANZE NO OESTE – Scratched
5 – IF I CALLED
7 – JET LATINO
1 – MAYER DIAMOND
5 – TAMURA
10 – IM ROCKET MAN
3 – SHEZ IFS