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.
7. Tee Brown: Could better a nice win in last start at this course.
10. Let Us Be Glad: Ran evenly in last start at this level.
2. Coup De Grace: Stone cold sprinter is a cut above the rest.
1. Rise Up: Has run into some monsters lately and again today but should be fast.
4. Candy Gran: Bet first out and now drops to find softer competition.
7. Five One Three: Two good turf races with some trouble at the break.
7. Yakov: First time in the Amoss barn after running a huge one three back.
11. Moonshine Bend: Another one dropping late in meet to find a win.
4. Mayla: Appears to have some talent if morning works are any indication.
3. Lunar Gaze: Another first-timer with sharp morning drills and strong breeding.
5. Tenstrikesinarow: Showed good speed last time which helps chances greatly today.
2. Heaths Idea: Owned and trained by Brian Schewda, who’s looking for a win.
2. Country Flavor: In for the tag today but is rounding into best form.
4. Miraculouso: Consistent sort — always in the mix for the win.
3. Wright Flyer: Calhoun looking to win trainer’s title, so this one is live.
8. Cigazin: Off a bit after big maiden win, but might be better than the field.
3. Sir Genghis: Threw in a clunker in last start but rebounds today.
4. CR Knight: Fits in here; just needs a bit of luck with a trip.
4. Davids Honor: Change of barns might be enough to get this one the win.
5. Tough as Steel: Might get the jump on others and is live at a price.
Around the track
In today’s second race, fans will see the return of Coup de Grace, a winner of five out of his nine lifetime starts, including the Grade 3 Bay Shore. In the Larry Jones barn, this one could be one of the best sprinters in the country this year, and he has been working extremely well in the mornings in preparation for this first start of 2015. Keep an eye on Coup de Grace the rest of the year regardless of how he runs today. However, I expect him to roll today to a victory.
Our best bet today will be in Race 4 — the No. 7, Yakov. This one is a first-timer for Tom Amoss who is going for another training title with a few days left in the meet so should be well meant for a win. Good luck and may they all come home safely.