Michael Beychok, the 2012 National Handicapping Championship and 2012 Eclipse Award winner for best handicapper, brings 35 years of experience to The Advocate.
Picks made Friday for fast track and off turf
Race 1, 2 and 3 are quarterhorse races (no selections)
2 Southern Mister: Should be tough to run down on dirt from the inside post
4 Sky Stanza: Likely to get a good, speedy target to try to run down from the back
IF ON TURF: 5-4
6: Minit to Stardom: Very professional winner of her first start and is tough in here
8: Shescreative: Had some early success – clearly back to preferred sprinting try
2: Seaside Candy: Steps up but gets nice setup here on dirt for Stall
1: Mr. Al’s Gal: Probably happy to be on the brown stuff and not the green stuff
IF ON TURF: 6-5
12: Special Blessing: Outside post might be best here to stalk early speed
5: Starlet Guitar: Stall first time starter has been good this meet
6: Cool Spring: Sneaky works and gets top jock here for homebred
8: Extra Credit: Finished second over track in a stake going long so fits here nicely
5: Gentlemen’s Agreement: Has a good win over the dirt and coming off a layoff
IF ON TURF: 6-9
6: Cajun Creed: Should get a trip here with some speed to run at late
10: Aceguitar: Stalking trip from the outside would be perfect for the style
3: Mobile Bay: Won’t face much pace pressure in here today and is all class
7: Underpressure: Should get first run on the big favorite
3: Stand Him Up: Huge win in last and should be able to come right back with run
4: Jockamos Song: Loves to win and loves this track — should be tough today
4: My Miss Chiff: Not trying to beat this one in this spot against this bunch today
10: Look Into My Eyes: Has a shot to turn the tables on top pick today at a price
11: Violent Ways: Showed good speed and interest until a late fade away
6: Mr. Carlos: Also showed some speed and got into some trouble during race
Around the Track
Today is Louisiana Champions Day at the Fair Grounds, where the races are strictly for Louisiana-bred horses. It appears some of the turf stakes races will be transferred to the dirt, so please pay attention to the selections and tread lightly in those races. Millionaire Mobile Bay runs in the Classic and seeks to win this race in back to back years.
Our Best Bet today will be in Race 11 — No. 3 Stand Him Up. Nice winner over this track in last race should win right back.
Good Luck and may they all come home safely.