Chok’s choices

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 ON turf

Race 1

11 – Alibrooke– last out effort was close she’s going longer today should help

6 – Pinker Bell – grey drops in class and offers speed to the field today

Race 2

1 – Sunbean– rail post is hot comes in looking to improve 2nd off layoff with sharp workout

5 – Next Event – comes in off 2 nice efforts has hit board in 10 of 15 career races

Race 3

6– No Distortion – ran 2nd in last gets Geroux has highest speed figure signed up

7– Aiken’s Alley – Asmussen sends out a horse that can make up some ground if placed in right spot

Race 4

2 – Belomor– just missed in last two starts goes shorter distance is a board regular

8– Ft Davis – longshot play here coming off two wins seems to favor the turf

OFF TURF SELECTIONS – 5-13

Race 5

8– Ice Gentleman – winner of half career races coming off 9-length win will be tough to beat

1– Mageez– 7 of 8 board hitter gets rail will be closing into hot pace

Race 6

7– Tuttipaesi – grey is winner in 2 of last 3 races gets class relief off brief layoff

1– Mexican Miss – has hit board in last 10 races will sit midpack at a price

OFF TURF SELECTIONS – 5-6

Race 7

4– Majestic Harbor – holds best dirt speed in field comes off Mineshaft Stakes win

1– International Star – Ramsey/Maker connection gets stretch out today that will help run down rivals

Race 8

4– Chocolate Ride – proven winner at the class and distance will look to wire tough field

5– Closing Bell – Mott will have this one ready and look for late run at the top choice

OFF TURF SELECTIONS – 5-10

Race 9

4– Land Over Sea –just missed in 3 of last 4 to Songbird who’s not signed up and gets upgrade with JohnnyV today

4– Stageplay – grey faltered in Rachel Alexander but will get back to form today with Geroux back aboard

Race 10

6– Mo Tom – Amoss will have GMB Racing ‘Whodat’n!’ today as fan favorite will have more room to run at than in the Risen Star and will send NOLA to The Derby

7– Tom’s Ready –that’s right this one will be coming late to complete the GMB Racing Derby Exacta

Race 11

5–Too Dim – closer signed up goes to the turf here will be involved late

10 – Heitai– horse is a professional board hitter will be speed signed up

OFF TURF SELECTIONS – 5-7

Race 12

1– Thegoodwitch– Stall goes to Castellano gets rail post and will close right off lead

8 – Jet Black Magic – Stakes winner will be a player coming off last out win

Race 13

4– Walking the Kitten – Ramsey/Maker connection puts up Castellano on Kitten’s Joy sired turfer have to consider here

12– Sweet Acclaim – drops down after beaten by 2-lengths in last two off sharp workout and long layoff gets Geroux

OFF TURF SELECTIONS – 5-2

Race 14

5– Our Wild Dancer – grey holds highest last race speed rating ran 2nd in only 2 races

6– Southern Argument – showed declining form in last but will come back ready today

Race 15

7– Zantastical– holds highest speed figure at distance will sit right off early lead at a price

6– Big Shots Humor – early speed will help if can hold off top choice

Around the Track

It’s Derby Day here in Louisiana at the Fair Grounds. I make that point because this morning it is Derby Day in Dubai where I’m in attendance. On tap in Dubai at Meydan Race Course is the richest race in the world the Dubai World Cup with a 10 million dollar purse headed by California Chrome. It’s also Oaks Day as the 49th running of the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks is on the undercard headed up by local stakes winners Venus Valentine and Stageplay. But, these three-year-old fillies will have to fend off the California challengers in the form of Land Over Sea and Street Fancy. The Fair Grounds Oaks has been a winner’s circle pipeline to the Kentucky Oaks recently with 5 out of the last 10 winners of the Fair Grounds Oaks going on to victory in the Kentucky Oaks.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet today will be in Race 10 - #6 Mo Tom. Today will be a special day in Louisiana Sports History as the whodatnation will cheer on and send Mo Tom to the Kentucky Derby to represent the Black and Gold. Lanerie will have him positioned well for a late closing run that the field will not be able to hold off. Good Luck and May they all come home safely.