Fair Grounds: Chok’s Choices for Sunday, Dec. 14 _lowres

Photo by AMANDA HODGES WEIR/Hodges Photography -- String King, with James Graham (red silks, black cap), charges down the homestretch and pulls away from the field to win the 24th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Turf at the Fair Grounds.

Michael Beychok, the 2012 National Handicapping Championship and 2012 Eclipse Award winner for best handicapper, brings 35 years of experience to The Advocate. Beychok — also the senior partner of Ourso Beychok Inc., a national political consulting firm based in Louisiana — runs his own handicapping website, BeychokRacing.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BeychokRacing

Race 1

4. BROKEN KEY: Back to mile races at the Fair Grounds — favors speed and inside.

1. FUTURE REQUEST: Has speed and likes the inside. Now where did I read that?

Race 2

3. SUNKEN ROAD: Looks to get first shot at the speed in here with setup.

6. PREMIER FUTURE: Runs on any track, and this might be the best distance.

Race 3

8. WISE CROSSING: Turf races are bang-up and has the speed to control.

6. ALONG THE COAST: Huge win in last and can repeat.

10. BAUERS GOT HOURS: Just loves this turf course.

Race 4

5. YANKEE GRIND: Not an enthusiastic selection but should win in a grind.

3. IDE BE DOC ADAMS: Might need this one coming off the bench.

Race 5

2. STOCK YARD HEN: Has some class and gets first Lasix for Beattie today.

9. RUEFULLY: First start for trainer Sharp and won a nice race at Kentucky Downs.

Race 6

1. MAJOR ASHWORTH: Nice first out — retains leading rider Graham and gets rail.

2. CLASSIC FLAIR: Beat a bunch first out and will be tough to beat today.

Race 7

5. IN MY TIME: Off layoff and shortens up for leading trainer Amoss.

7. SEEKING MS SHELLEY: Won over this course and pattern last year.

Race 8

10. AM MILKY WAY: Should get a nice stalking trip from outside.

9. BLAZE N PROSPECTOR: Looks to have some quickness for connections first out.

Race 9

4. RIDGE WAKI: Started with three in a row and looks to get back to winners circle today.

3. ARTIC COMET: Just missed at this level in last over this track.


Louisiana Champions Day crowned some new champions, saw a track record fall and gave Sunbean millionaire status. I would love to see Sunbean given a slight rest, then come back and take on all challengers for the big handicap races later this year. I think he is up to the challenge.


Our Best Bet just missed Saturday at 13-1, and we hit some cold exactas along the way. Let’s close out the week with No. 2 in Race 5 — Stock Yard Hen, who might be a nice price. Good luck, and may they all come home safely.