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.

First race

4. Reigning: We will try to beat the 3-5 money-line favorite with this layoff horse.

3. Flick of an Eye: Aforementioned big morning-line favorite should win.

Second race

8. Silver Rocket Man: Has the early speed needed in these heats to compete.

7. Call Me Wonderful: Looks like a horse that needs some pace up front.

Third race

2. Storming the Beach: Bred well and ran a hidden good race in last.

7. Dance on Warrior: Trainer excels with horses making their second start.

Fourth race

11. Sorcerers Appeal: First time in the Sharp barn has been a good angle.

4. Lizzy in DC: New barn might the change this one needs to get the win.

Fifth race

6. More Than Less: This one has a good future on turf — further improvement today.

4. Bold Kitten: Nice race off the short layoff and has every chance to win.

Sixth race

5. Leroidsdessioux: Our old buddy gets a new barn and new life.

1. One True Son: Foley claimed and is always in the mix for the win.

Seventh race

11. Sand Pit Road: Nice turf debut and should improve today.

3. Jerry’s Pride: Ran behind next out winner and has two good turf efforts.

Eighth race

5. Riverboat Bandit: Smart win in last in the slop and can repeat today.

2. Malachite: No disgrace in last to next out winner.

Ninth race

1. Catherine’s Dream: Huge win last out and turf should be no issue today.

5. Flor de la Luna: Runs her race nearly every time on the turf is best good enough.

Tenth race

8. Royal’s Nightmare: Last two were improvements and faces a weak bunch.

1. Redtacular: Actually won this condition two back but was disqualified.


Picks made for fast track and on turf.

Around the track

The New Orleans Handicap highweight Moreno is on schedule to ship to the Fair Grounds this week to compete in the handicap Saturday. Jockey Joe Talamo, a New Orleans native now riding in California, has been named to take the reins. Moreno, owned by Southern Equine Racing and trained by Louisiana native Eric Guillot, is a Grade 1 winner and deserving high weight in this Grade 2 event.

Best bet

Our best bet will be in Race 9, the No. 1: Catherine’s Dream. A nice winner last out, she only has to duplicate that performance to get the victory. Good luck, and may they all come home safely.