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.

My Selections

Race 1

6. Sanaaya: Dirt races are way fastest in here.

1. Neolexia: One dirt start was

very good.

Race 2

2. Sixtysix Champ : Johnson off a layoff pays dividends.

3. The Hidden Ace: Last race good enough

to win today.

Race 3

4. Come on Calvin: Just missed graduating in last and needed the race.

1. Candy’s Rocket: Another that just missed in last.

Race 4

11. No Free Lunch: If race is on DIRT top Choice.

7. Teniente Coronel: Top choice if on TURF at a price.

1. Speightsong: Second choice for both TURF and DIRT.

Race 5

7. Mad Genius: Won already over the track and doesn’t face much here.

1. Hazards of Love: Not sure what direction this one is going — can’t trust at shor odds.

Race 6

6. Ivy Mountain: Choice if on Dirt — sits perfect trip.

14. Jove Jove Dive: Second choice for a Dirt only race.

1. Brittany’s Tuition: Top choice if on TURF.

Race 7

6. Yankee Hunter: Very impressive win opening week and can repeat.

4. Dixie Beat: Looks like a two-horse race with this one and top choice.

Race 8

6. Fast City: Right back for the win on dirt only.

9. Janis’s Joy: Improving sort can upset at longish odds on Dirt.

5. Point to the Wild: TOP choice on Turf with Fast City 2nd choice on Turf.

Race 9

8. Sweet Alice Benbow: Ultra impressive wake up win in last.

6. Ben’s Juliette: A maiden but a fast one

who can upset.

Race 10

9. Pleasant Angel: Pulled up in last but comes right back for new barn.

3. G Rated: Logical choice in a tough heat of bottom level claimers.

AROUND THE TRACK

We have to sound our own horn for how well the picks performed over the weekend because someone has to right? A 6 out of 10 day on Friday was followed by a solid day on Saturday giving out a Daily Double and our Best Bet parlay connected with a 4-5 shot paying back to 6-1 shot. Kind of makes up for how awful the Best Bets have performed. Let’s hope the good run continues for a few more weeks.

BEST BET

In Race 8 if the race stays on TURF our Best Bet is Point to the Wild. If the races come off the TURF today our Best Bet goes in Race 7 with Yankee Hunter. Happy New Year and Good Luck.