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. Five One Three: Nice effort first out on track and should improve.

Race 1

7. Sol D Oro: Another one making second start and likely to improve the effort.

ON TURF – 6-8

Race 2

6. Wagson: Back with friends in this heat and should prevail.

4. Get in Da House: Off a layoff and loves this racetrack.

Race 3

2. Bisque: Goes from one good barn to another and ships down from Oaklawn.

6. Joedini: Off claim should try to go box to wire again today.

ON TURF – 8-7

Race 4

1. Poquito Britches: Takes biggest drop in racing and has the rail.

6. Delusional KK: Well bet and well meant first out and fits.

Race 5

1. Waytogo Trish: Should be able to work out nice trip from the inside.

13. Hue Blue Bayou: Will draw in if off the turf and has speed to control race.

ON TURF – 4-10

Race 6

2. Cassatt: Been a huge fan of this one early one – might be a real star this year.

1. Interest Free: Will be running late if the speed falters could upset.

Race 7

1A. Branded Hand: Running against some good ones and if on the main track will be very tough.

15. Starter: Selection for main track only always runs well for Stall.

ON TURF – 4-2

Race 8

6. Street Spice: Looking for the upset here with this one who looks to be sitting on a big race.

1. Rocket Time: Going to the front and will try to take ‘em all the way.

Race 9

4. My Friend Tag: Yes 0-19 at the FG – but today could be the day!

2. Pocket Thunder: Ran an awful race as our pick in last — one more chance.

Around the Track

Selections today were made for an expected off turf scenario because of copious amounts of rain. If they run on the turf please use the on turf selections listed under the main selections. Two stakes honors, two great horses today — Tenacious and Tiffany Lass. Tenacious won the Louisiana Handicap three years in a row in the late fifties and was a homebred owned by Joe W. Brown. Tiffany Lass won the Fair Grounds Oaks on her way to winning the Kentucky Oaks. Trained by legendary trainer Laz Barrera — she was one of the best I’ve ever seen in person and she was one of the first of many to pull off the Fair Grounds Oaks and Kentucky Oaks double.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet today will be a long shot. In the last race let’s go with No. 4 My Friend Tag. Although 0-19 at the Fair Grounds, he is sitting in a good spot and maybe the 20th time is the lucky charm for him. Good Luck and may they all come home safely. And, let’s go Saints — Who Dat!