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.
1 CAPTAIN BERTI: Good setup here and big rider change should be positive.
2 LUCKY PLAYER: Highly thought of as a 2-year-old — drops down in class for this.
9 CLINGERS RIPRAP: Training steadily since October for this debut run.
4 CARMEN’S CATCHER: Nothing wrong with first out second-place game finish.
ON TURF SELECTIONS: 9-8
5 ADELE DAZEEM: Mom was a rocketship sprinter, and this one could be good.
1 SPEAK SOFTLY: Promising at times but needs to find the winner’s circle.
9 CHALICE: In off the turf, this one is proven to like the dirt.
10 PAGETS: Ran second here last year in an off-the-turf claimer and can repeat.
4 GENERAL ELECTION: Proven on dirt and runs well off layoff.
ON TURF SELECTIONS: 1-11
3 BLAZE N PROSPECTOR: Should be able to use speed to an advantage.
4 GREAT STUFF: Last two have been really good sprint efforts.
2 REFLECTOR: Is in sharp form for either the turf or dirt.
11 SYLVEN PARK: No reason this one won’t take to the dirt with his speed.
ON TURF SELECTIONS: 2-11
8 THE GOODWITCH: A big effort on a speed favoring track on debut crushes these with repeat effort.
2 RITAS FIFTY SEVEN: Maiden but nice first out and is a win contender for certain.
1 BIRDSONE: Good draw and should be better on dirt.
4 LEADEM IN KEN: New acquisition for the hot Lovell barn should run well.
ON TURF SELECTIONS: 8-6
9 CREATOR: Big run in slop in last fits nicely with this well-bred group.
7 CORPORATE ASSET: Not a disgraceful run in first — improvement will come.
6 BLUE TIZZY: Well-matched group of Louisiana breds here — take the value horses.
9 CHATANOOGAN: Good run for Pish in last — needs a bit of improvement Thursday.
Around the Track
The final day of racing in 2015 brings us to the close of an historic year in horse racing highlighted by efforts of the Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh. The cinch winner of Horse of the Year capped his season with a dominating performance in the Breeders Cup Classic, putting an exclamation point on a seven-month span horse racing fans waited nearly 40 years to witness — the crowning of a Triple Crown winner.
Our Best Bet Thursday will be in Race 3, No. 2 — Adele Dazeem. Coming into this race off a long layoff signals the connections think highly enough of talent to take a patient path to victory. Good luck, and may they all come home safely.