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 Tap Song: Shown ability and now moves to top trainer Amoss. 1 Acquarossa: Gets coveted rail and takes big drop in class. Race 2 5 Sangria Wine: Made a winning move and flattened out in last. 1 Autobesouthern: Moves inside and goes second off layoff. Race 3 1 Nanny’s Peach: Nice win first out — has some rest and the rail. 5 Profitress: Has the speed to lead this field a long way. Race 4 2 Timeslikethese: Amoss second-time starter found a spot of trouble in last 4 Cents of Legion: Intriguing horse should run big at big odds. Race 5 4 Forest Pegasus: Mile distance hits her between the eyes — perfect for stalk. 3 Groovy Deb: Will show more speed — like the three workouts since last. Race 6 7 Stormdriver: Don’t think his last was a fluke — horse can run on turf. 1 Rhetorical: Gets rail draw and competitive at this level every time. Race 7 1 Hidden Candy: Stall runner ran good race in tough heat at Kee in last. 4 Chapter and Verse: Jones barn has been on fire of late, and this one fits. Race 8 2 Ultimo Tango: Form dirtied a bit by last flop on dirt — odds beckon a play. 5 Dad Are We Here: Haw shipper has good turf form. 1 Hazards of Love: A win machine on dirt for Moss/Amoss and gets good post. Race 9 6 Sneaky Blowout: Might sneak up on the speedsters and get the money. 5 M Dictation: The one to beat and the one to catch on the lead. Race 10 7 This One’s For Tony: Has run second 5 out of 13. Gets win today — maybe? 3 Legal Wager: Showed good speed first out tries to go longer. Around the Track The Eclipse Awards announced the finalists for the prestigious award this week and Untapable — the Fair Grounds Oaks, Kentucky Oaks and Breeders Cup Distaff winner — led the list of three year fillies. She is a lock to win the award and is worthy of mention for Horse of the Year after winning four Grade 1 races across the country in dominating fashion. She is stabled at the Fair Grounds but is unlikely to make a start at the meet as she is coming off a short vacation after her stellar year in 2014. Best Bet Our Best Bet will be a longshot in Race 5 — No. 4 Forest Pegasus. The distance looks perfect for this horse’s style and the race flow I anticipate today.
Good luck, and may they all come home safely.