Chok’s choices

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.

Picks made today for fast track and on turf.

First race

5. Ira: In a two horse race take the horse with the higher odds.

3. Buggin Out: At 1-5 this will be shortest morning line horse all meet.

second race

3. Chicory Blue: Has the early zip needed and momma was ok on turf.

5. KC’s Call: Entered for Thursday as well — if running here then very live.

third race

5. Totally Kim: Didn’t like the turf open company experiment — back where she belongs.

2. My Pal Beanie: Big burst to lead in last — fitter today and lasts longer.

fourth race

4. Bisque: Race over the track and easier company points to a winning effort.

6. Camp Boreal: Will be the speed in here and could go all the way.

fifth race

4. Dancehall Jack: Has shown a little something on turf in a stake — could fit.

6. Baama Care: Will be behind abundance of early speed to set up big closing effort.

sixth race

5. Barbwirebilly: Big win in last, and back in less than 2 weeks — tough to beat.

4. Strike it Big: Off a layoff, but has win over the track against much better.

seventh race

1. Curzon Street: High per cent trainer, and the rail with speed you need at one mile.

6. Royal Dehere: Drops off the claim for Amoss – not common move but effective.

eighth race

3. Love Tree: Won a maiden last out but DQ’ed — has breeding to win this at a price.

1. Left Feels Right: Has the speed to get early position — trainer good off layoffs.

  • inth race

9. Yabbay: Someone has to win this race and rider change to PVal helps this one.

10. Luv It Up: First Lasix — first going long — not awful first two starts — a shot.

Around the Track

Louisiana Champions Day is Friday and the first post is 12:30 p.m. for the lucky 13-race card. The day features Louisiana-bred stakes for both quarterhorses and thoroughbreds with the highlight of the day the running of the Champions Day Classic — a $ 150,000 stakes for 3-years-olds and up, going a mile and an eighth on the dirt. Super Derby winner Mobile Bay heads the field coming off another derby win in the Zia Park Derby. Mobile Bay has won nearly $ 600,000 in his 12 starts, and attracts one of the sports best riders in Edgar Prado for trainer Victor Arceneaux. There are 10 other stakes races including three for the quickest — the quarterhorses — who will turn the air Grounds stretch into a virtual drag strip for horses.

Best Bet

Our best bet today will be in Race 4 — No. 4 Bisque. This one has a good race over the Fair Grounds dirt strip and today will find a bit easier competition to get the win. Good luck and may they all come home safely.