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.

Picks made for fast track and on turf

First race

8. Closing Sweep: Tough race to start off the weekend so tread lightly.

9. St. Euphrasia: First timer well bred and to win early.

second race

1. Come on Baby: Has shown zero on dirt so far but sire is nice turf sire.

2. Kissed by Kris: Been off since last year, bred for turf and trainer ok off long vacations.

third race

7. La Justice: Trainer excels with these types and catches weakish field here.

8. Tea with the Queen: Should get a great stalking trip outside speed.

fourth race

1. Artistic License : Confident placement by Amoss moving up from lower class.

9. Spoonfulasugar: Always right there at the wire on turf at this level.

fifth race

8. Sweet Madelyna: Shown competitiveness in a couple of races that is needed here.

1. Vadoma: Off a layoff but working very well for this level.

sixth race

6. Wireless Future : Facing a salty group, but I’ve always thought this one had real talent on turf.

7. Chocolate Ride: Big winner last meet looks to regain that turf form this year.

seventh race

7. La Chuichi: Throw out last race and has a solid consistent record on dirt.

1. Tough Katie: Big win in last and got through conditions quick — faces tougher field.

eighth race

5. Princess Erindelle: Solid first start and should improve enough to win today.

2. Merry Memories: First start for solid trainer and bred to win early.

  • inth race

10. Luv It Up: Made a nice middle move in first start — has to improve.

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Around the Track

In Race 6 Friday, fans will get first glimpse at one of the turf stars from last meet — Chocolate Ride. The winner of the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap and the Grade 2 Mervin Muniz over the Stall Wilson turf course, Ride has been off since a poor showing in the Turf Classic in May. He is trained by Brad Cox who usually has his charges ready to run off these type of layoffs, but this could also be a prep for bigger and better races over the next few months.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet for Friday will be in Race 4 — No. 1 Artistic License. We have not had good luck with these so far in the meet, so let’s hope this strong opinion gets a nice winner home. Good Luck and may they all come home safely.