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 — is a partner in ttegames.net an online horse racing contest site. Follow him on Twitter: @BeychokRacing.

Picks made Friday for fast track and on turf

Race 1

1. He’s Got Game: Shows some nice works out of the gate in prep for first start.

3. Tall Story: Looks to have some speed which could be all he needs in this heat.

Race 2

1. Fred’s Lucky Boy: Good late pace figures on the BRISNET sheet make him the one.

3. Pea Shooter Pro: Should handle turf and has the running style needed to win.

Race 3

3. Create Again: Drops from much tougher and has speed to control the race.

5. Drenas Bullet: Respect for Amoss and another first timer owned by Van Doren.

Race 4

7.Takeoff: Looks well spotted to get the win at a short price for powerful Oxley/Casse.

5. No Boundries: Has the speed to be dangerous in this group on the lead.

Race 5

3. West of Sabinal: Hard to ignore last race as runner up came back to win next.

1. Holiday Ice: Has a shot in first race on dirt and training well.

Race 6

5. D’Platinum: Ran credible in California and reunites with Chantal — edge in close one.

6. Iquique: Drops back to claimers for Stidham and has been bet first two tries.

Race 7

6. Dream of Honor: Fits strong percent win profile for trainer according to BRISNET stats.

3. Another PinotL: Likes to run second at the FG and other tracks so use underneath.

Race 8

8. Spartanburg: Well meant Set-Hut horse — Jake Delhomme’s stable — can win here.

9. Love This Dance: Cannot ignore any Stall horse at the windows right now.

Race 9

6. Hero’s Divide: Should get the lead in here and will be tough to beat on the lead.

1. Ide Be a Classic: Needs to show more speed from the inside with new jock.

Around the track

In today’s selections I’ve made a few references to BRISNET stats now that the Fair Grounds is offering a BRISNET racing program for fans to replace the Daily Racing Form most are accustomed to reading. I’ve used BRISNET almost exclusively for the past six years including when I won the National Handicapping Championship. The information contained in the BRISNET program is valuable for handicappers so if you are at the track don’t be afraid to give it a try to improve your personal handicapping.

Best bet

Our Best Bet today will be in Race 2 No. 1 Fred’s Lucky Boy. Has the high BRISNET Late Pace figure needed to win these 5.5 Turf sprints. Good luck and may they all come home safely.