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 for Fast Track and OFF Turf

First race

7. Kaskinda: Rolled home by big margin in last — doesn’t race much on the rise.

2. Laines Howdy Doody: Will benefit if the pace is hot early.

Second race

3. Wireless Future: One more time for this one, whom we have liked before.

4. Highball: Can dirt and has been working well on that surface in prep for this.


Third race

1. White Oak Swamp: Maybe didn’t like the surface at Delta and drops down Friday.

8. Totally Kim: Another getting class relief who showed some promise over summer.

Fourth race

10. Quijote: Very impressive first out and came back with quite a big speed figure.

4. One Mean Man: Looks to be back at his best distance, and he is fast on dirt.


Fifth race

1. The Business: Moves back to dirt, where he had good success and gets rail.

2. Baby’s Wildcat: Popular at the claim box is back in barn of previous trainer Frost.

Sixth race

4. Majestic Angel: Might have been best in last but for poor start — should dirt fine.

16. Kyles Marigold: Nice race to be third in last on dirt — better break needed.


Seventh race

3. Lady Grantham: Edge over second choice based on post position only.

9. Look Into My Eyes: Might be able to get clear lead — dangerous out front.

Eighth race

15. Bourbonize: Total throwout in mud last out but can rebound on fast track.

11. Leadem in Ken: Another one whose last not indicative of talent.


Ninth race

1. Two Bad Attitudes: Rail post means saving ground and making one big run for win.

4. Flowersforlady: Bred to have some early pop and trainer has good stats for this.

Around the Track

The Fair Grounds hosts a big day of racing on Saturday with multiple stakes attracting horses and jockeys from around the country. One filly to keep an eye on in the 150,000 Silverbulletday stakes for newly turned 3-year-old fillies is the Steve Asmussen-trained Stageplay. A winner right out of the gate and next out stakes winner this one has the look of a serious contender for 3-year-old filly honors this year and she is a half-sister to Mylute — second-place finisher in the Louisiana Derby. Florent Geroux will have the mount for the Mike Rutherford-owned charge.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet Friday will be in Race 6, No. 4 — Majestic Angel. A best bet on turf or dirt this one was probably best in last race and needs only a good start to win today. Good luck, and may they all come home safely.