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.

First race

4. Our Lady Allie: Ran against a nice filly in last and not disgraced.

5. Love the Beach: Ran against no competition but dusted them in last.

second race

7. Bad Behavior: First off claim for Sharp and fits in off his best races.

8. One Better: Ran second this level in last and a repeat makes him a win candidate.

third race

2. Private Joshua G: Question is whether Delta form transfers to FG: if so: winner.

3. Numberonegun: Has had a couple of chances at this level and failed: better today?.

fourth race

7. Catherines Dream: First mount for last meet leading jockey Graham is live.

8. Tamazula: Trainer De le Cerda won a few last year here and this one fits nicely.

On turf selections: 6-4.

fifth race

3. Sancerre: Big run in last with a bit of trouble right back on the dirt here.

1. Taking Charge: Huge drop trying to get a win and dirt won’t be an issue.

6. Royal Dehere: Second off claim for Amoss is highly efficient win statastic.

sixth race

9. Bethany Belle: Has the most proven dirt form for a race likely to be off turf.

10. Flatter You: Might be the speed in here based on previous dirt form.

On turf selections: 6-8 .

seventh race

2. Almost English: Gets PVal back up off a nice effort in last against some of these.

7. Ruble: Took them a long way as the speed in the last and gets good post here.

eighth race

11. Lu Raes Lucky Star: No dirt form to go on but has speed and breeding to handle.

5. Klisz: Has a win over the dirt and has run well on off the turf events.

On turf selections: 4-9.

  • inth race

1. Clever Now: Bet first time out and trainer very good with horses after one race.

3. Jensen: Nothng at all wrong with first start and improvement should come here.

TENTH race

1. Burning It Up: Has a race under his belt and showed some speed .

3. Great Wit: A Stall first timer in maiden claimer must be respected.

Around the Track

Jockey James Graham, last year’s meet leading rider, makes his first appearance at the Fair Grounds this year. Graham headed out west to ride at Santa Anita and Del Mar in California and despite some modest success against some of the best riders in the country, he has moved his tack back to the Fair Grounds. Graham is a jockey to watch in the coming weeks and is a real force on the turf course.

Best Bet

Our best bet today will be an exacta in Race 9 — No. 3 Jensen was a highly touted horse in last and ran very well to run second, but the Asmussen horse on the rail might be best here. Exacta box of 1-3. Good luck and may they all come home safely.