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 Deep Bottom: Has run competitive versus better and class drop.
5 Don’t Be Mad: Likely favorite dropping in class.
5 Arabian Queen: Throw last out — competitive with these.
1 Perfect English: Love these English Channel offspring on turf.
2 Beadsinthetrees: Romped in last in slop. Same result Saturday.
6 Nannys Peach: Throw out last — is competitive Saturday.
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.
5 Smooth Salute: Competitive last year in tougher races.
7 Sugar Kate: Takes a huge drop in class for this one.
1 Ready Edition: First-time turfer for Assmussen has great works for this.
3 Awesome Venture: Keeps leading rider Graham for this engagement.
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.
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.
8 Rozanrozanadanna: By speedy good sire City Zip.
3 Little Cuddles: Trainer is very good first time out.
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.
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.