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 4 -- Classic
1. One King’s Man: My pick last year here, so I’m loyal.
4. Sunbean: Just wins, baby, and is likely to do so again today.
Race 5 -- Handicap
3. Over a Barrel: Distance should be right up his alley.
5. The Louisiana Kid: Might be alone on the lead; dangerous.
2. Think Tough: Believe this horse has some ability for Stall.
5. My Friend Flavin: Just missed after leading late on this track.
Race 7 -- Sprint (Guest handicapper Gee Guidry’s selections)
2. Gold Appointment: Long shot hopes to transfer A.M. blazing work to upset.
9. Too Dim: Just beat favorite and wheels right back sharp.
Race 8 -- Lassie
12. Wind Chill Factor: Very nice win in last aided by quick pace but can sprint.
5. Jumeleka: Gets Lasix first time invading from New York.
Race 9 -- Turf
10. Wells Gold: Always runs big on turf; might be a price today.
4. Ben Will: If he fires off the layoff, he will be tough to beat.
Race 10 -- Ladies
10. Blading Wild Cat: Loves the FG dirt.
8. I Dazzle: Will handle dirt just fine for Graham today.
Race 11 -- Juvenile
13. Jazzy Rebel: Very professional win for Warren/Leggio.
14. Mr. L S Shoe: Proven winner over good horses needs to work out trip from outside.
Race 12 -- Ladies Sprint
10. Guadalupe High: Champ from last year out to repeat.
7. Blessed Immaculata: Should get a nice pace to run into today and is a win candidate.
Around the track
Louisiana Champions Day features and is limited to the best horses born in Louisiana, thus classified as a Louisiana-bred horse. There are some champions, such as Sunbean and String King, along with some possible future champions running in the juvenile races. There looks to be some nice value plays in large fields so, when using the selections, pay close attention to the odds, and don’t be afraid to use the second selection as a win bet.
Guest handicapper Gee Guidry picks a long shot in Race 7, and this handicapper agrees. For our “official” best bet, let’s go with No. 13 Jazzy Rebel in the 11th race. Good luck, and may they all come home safely.