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 1

4 Deep Bottom: Has run competitive versus better and class drop.

5 Don’t Be Mad: Likely favorite dropping in class.

Race 2

5 Arabian Queen: Throw last out — competitive with these.

1 Perfect English: Love these English Channel offspring on turf.

Race 3

2 Beadsinthetrees: Romped in last in slop. Same result Saturday.

6 Nannys Peach: Throw out last — is competitive Saturday.

Race 4

3 Five Star Lustre: Has good turf breeding for this if stays on turf.

4 Gayles Rebel: Working well for team of Warren and Leggio.

Race 5

5 Smooth Salute: Competitive last year in tougher races.

7 Sugar Kate: Takes a huge drop in class for this one.

Race 6

1 Ready Edition: First-time turfer for Assmussen has great works for this.

3 Awesome Venture: Keeps leading rider Graham for this engagement.

Race 7

3 Golden Annie: Lone Kentucky bred makes first start in a long time.

1 Snowy Gal: In good for and a top threat in here.

Race 8

5 Red Strike: Sharp claim for sharp trainer Sharp.

1 Ultimate Tango: Recent claim for leading trainer Amoss will try to go wire-to-wire.

Race 9

8 Rozanrozanadanna: By speedy good sire City Zip.

3 Little Cuddles: Trainer is very good first time out.

Race 10

3 Call This Chick: Drops back down to what might be needed level.

4 Jo Clever: Will be trying to close into the likely hot pace.

Around the Track

Today’s guest handicapper is Gerard Guidry, a classmate of mine from the old Catholic High days when we studied horses more than we studied our course work. Guidry is a very good handicapper, and I wish him the best of luck.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet will be in Race 3, No. 2 Beadsinthetrees. Won in a romp in the last and could catch a wet track again.

Good luck, and may they all come home safely.