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.
4. L et the Lady Speak: This race will be off turf — has good dirt form — good post.
10. Merveilleuse: Entered for dirt only — fits well — outside post concern.
1. Imperial Crown: Gets rail, game race in last — should win at short odds.
6. Richmond County: Logical favorite and recent claim for Gibson.
2: Sua Sponte: Choice for turf or dirt was very wide in last gets better trip here
6: Slope: Should be able to handle the moisture in the dirt track.
8. Briddle: Drop down has a race over the track and leading rider Graham.
7. I Vow To You: Good turf starts, off a layoff but faster than most in here.
3. Feemetothelion: Coming off layoff but gets advantageous post and jockey.
1A. Udoknowjack: Couple of races over the track — post a concern on dirt.
TURF SELECTIONS: 5, 10
4. Shook Up: Might be another real nice Tapit filly for Asmussen — very strong.
2: Thoughtless: No disgrace in losing last to nice one — one to beat.
1. Bet Seattle: Likes the track, coming off a layoff, gets rail position, good value.
5. Delauny: Likely winner at short odds – trainer has done fantastic job with this one
TURF SELECTIONS: 4, 8
2. Gentlemen’s Agreement: Huge first out bet down winner gets another one today.
4. Jason’s Arrowhead: Better than on paper, win in last, improves today.
3. Brandon’s Pic: Huge run into paceless race in last, better timing gets win.
6. Pummil: Fastest on paper but suspect off further drop down.
10. Sweet Madalyna: Trainer doesn’t win many first time, but this one out of a nice mare and shows some good works.
12. Betty MC: Our old friend failed us again last time but fits here with these.
Around the Track
Today’s seventh race is a stakes race honoring Bonapaw — a crack sprinter who won 18 races and over $1 million on track. Bonapaw won the Thanksgiving Day Handicap twice at the Fair Grounds and capped off his career with a Gerard Melancon- guided win in the Vosburgh Stakes in New York — a Grade 1 event. Bonapaw retired in 2005 with 1.1 million dollars in earnings from 18 victories.
Our Best Bet Saturday will be in Race 8: No. 2 Gentlemen’s Agreement. This horse was bet down in first start and the money was smart as he romped. Should handle the dirt as well and might be a bit overlooked. Good Luck and may they all come home safely.