01/08/2014 11:05AM

Meadowlands: Thursday 1/9 Analysis

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MEET STATS: 34 - 130 / $231.30    BEST BETS: 4 - 10 / $14.30

Best Bet: WINDSONG GORGEOUS (2nd)

Spot Play: HOME TURF (6th)

Race 1

(1) WORTH THE MONEY AS is hard to love but faces an awful field. If Miller can get him away close, this looks like a brush and crush spot. (3) PEMBROKE STREET is clearly facing easier and has some back class. (9) BABY BLAZE & (6) MOST WANTED LINDY have some early speed in their arsenal and using it tonight might be in their best interest.

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Race 2

(1) WINDSONG GORGEOUS has missed almost five weeks of action but jumps off the page as much the best. (6) DUTCH RICHMAN was hung out at Yonkers last time and his prior start was an impressive win at Pocono; capable. (2) WAYWATCHER & (3) TONIGHTS THE NIGHT look capable with a top effort.

Race 3

(5) TIME TO QUIT was awesome in his Ron Burke barn debut and would need to take a big step backwards to lose tonight. (2) BAY ROCK took air in his qualifier and still got the job done. Thursday will mark his first start for this barn and a good showing seems within reach. (4) DEACONS VALLEY posted a nice record last year and is coming off a win. (6) DOUGH DOUGH scored here versus lesser most recently.

Race 4

(2) ELUSIVE REWARD returns from a freshening and seems to have found a good spot. New driver Pat Berry should give him an aggressive steer. (8) CASINO KING is clearly fast enough. Don't be shocked to see him involved at a price. (10) JIN DANDY will be completely ignored but we've already seen one Monticello shipper win this meet. (3) ITTAKESTWOBABY drops down; using.

Race 5

(1) BUCKEYE IN CHARGE raced well for ninth in his latest race and should be handled with aggression from the inside. (4) RELENTLESS DREAMER is a dead closer in a pretty bad field; passing many late. (9) DUE WEST HANOVER switches barns; maybe.

Race 6

(5) HOME TURF went a steady mile in his first start since October. Noel Daley trainee has some ability and figures to bring a top effort this week. (1) ALL TROT is fast and risky. If he trots, watch out! (7) STRIKING WAVE ships in from Dover on a three race winning streak.

Race 7

(2) HEDGES LANE was rolling along at Philly in December and looks like the clear choice in here. (7) ARTIST POINT is another with good Philly form. (3) ROCKY REGAL ships in from Saratoga and finds a decent spot.

Race 8

(1) BLACK HAT is due for a win after two tough-luck trips. This is his week. (6) STAR CHASER hails from the Burke barn and has early zip. (2) ROCINANTE arrives from Maine off a pair of wins and does own a 2013 Meadowlands win.

Race 9

(4) JS MISS LINDA is another Monticello shipper that seems to be live. She is sent out by a sharp barn and her speed figures say she is as fast as any in here. Only question is whether she will race on Wednesday at Monticello. (9) CELTIC MERCHANT gets plenty of class relief. I'd expect a better effort. (6) FOUR STARZ CREDIT has plenty of form and this barn has had some success here.

Race 10

(7) GRAMS LEGACY impressed me with a powerful wide brush on the final turn and plenty of stretch life in his recent qualifier. (6) WHIRL MONROE is very fast. Can Andy Miller ration his speed? (2) NATIVES REVENGE was better in his qualifier than it appears on paper.

Race 11

(4) CLEMENTINE DREAM looked good two starts back but threw in a break last time. She is every bit as fast as likely heavy favorite (2) DONATELLA HANOVER and figures to offer much better value. The latter raced well in both starts here but hasn't gotten over the top. (6) YOU ROCK MY WORLD is an obvious contender from Burke.

Race 12

(2) RAY HALL has a vicious turn of speed in his tank if he minds his manners. (7) HOBSONS CHOICE displayed wicked early speed in his qualifier but was awful prior to that. Which horse shows up on Thursday? (4) REPEAT YOUR ABCS has shown just enough in Chicago to think he can be involved. (6) LAZURUS stayed flat last time without the hobbles. If he behaves, he could be involved at a big price.

Race 13

(5) DREAMS BAR doesn't jump off the page but looks to be the one to beat. (2) SUNSHINE PATRIOT figures to be forwardly placed in this spot. (1) SPECIAL KIM gets Gingras this week. Maybe he can wake this gal up.

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