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, Follow him on Twitter: @BeychokRacing.

First race

4. Yabbay: Ran behind a daylight winner in last with a bit of trouble.

8. Luv it Up: Will probably be going to the front from the outside.

second race

4. Goblet of Fire: Was well bet in debut: now freshened and gets turf to boot.

6. Alexis Rules: Has run 2nd on the turf at this distance so must respect chances.

Off turf selections: 3-4.

third race

2. Spank: A series of good fast steady works for this daughter of Blame.

4. Chiding: Another with a good work tab and has run well before now for Cox.

fourth race

7. Bellamy Run: Has been off a bit but moves to good trainer who is great with layoffs.

8. Royal Warrant: Dropping down in class and has been right there vs. better.

Off turf selections: 13-11.

fifth race

1. Self Starter: Gets the rail and has the speed to lead these all the way off last .

2. Include Indycat: Dirt tries are ok and will likely sit right off the speed inside.

(If 13 Dekabrist draws into the field he is the top choice).

sixth race

8. Taking Charge: Multiple winner over this course and turf specialist.

7. General Election: Move to new barn might trigger a return to good form.

Off turf selections: 12-8.

seventh race

2. Lemon Drop Belle: Nice win first out and gets dirt for second try in career.

3. Tsunami Girl: Clearly the horse to beat based of last effort over this track.

eighth race

10. Big Dog Doug: Turf tries at LAD were miles ahead of dirt form and gets Graham.

3. Grand Isle: Likes this turf course and comes in from better company.

Off turf selections: 3-5.

  • inth race

1. Clearly Now: Betting this one will get a better track for his closing move.

3. Too Dim: Loves this racetrack and always gives good account of himself on track.

TENTH race

6. Combatlan: Gonna give this one another shot at level for Amoss off a claim.

4. Lighter Fluid: Will get a nice pace to run at and setup for a close off the pace.

Around the Track

While not a stake race the ninth race today is a rematch of the Thanksgiving Day Handicap pitting winner Control Stake against the millionaire Clearly Now. The track on that day seemed to favor the style of Control Stake, and I think with a more fair track today that Clearly Now should turn the tables on his rival while Louisiana-bred Too Dim is a horse to give some respect to as well based on his performances over this racetrack..

Best Bet

Our best bet today will be in Race 10 — No. 6 Combatlaan. Ran OK in first start for Amoss and slight improvement gets this one in the winner’s circle today. Good luck and may they all come home safely. .