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.

Race 1

1. Jenny Vignette: Drops down and should get the lead today for Velazquez.

4. Daylighting: Also dropping down and should show some speed.

Race 2

8. Crooked Cooley: Speed to spare here for Eramia from the outside.

7. Call This Chick: Popular horse in the claim box now in Gibson barn.

Race 3

5. Blake Beauties: Will be short price but can get the job done again today.

10. Daddy’s Memory: A main track only entrant has early speed for Calhoun.

Race 4

1. Cash’s Gal: Drop down to easier competition will be ticket to winning today.

5. Linda’s Kitten: Trying dirt again and getting rider change for the drop.

Race 5

9. Marvelous Maddie: A claim back by trainer Duhon is positive sign.

10. Off Cycle: Just wins baby just wins with 3 in a row so far.

Race 6

8. Mobile Bay: Might have shoulda won the last race but looks solid today.

4. Cone of Silence: Interesting last at Delta — comes back home to FG for race.

Race 7

9. BElla Ann: No reason this one won’t like a bit of moisture in the track.

10. Cherishd Obsession: Beattie horse ran well on dirt in January.

Race 8

1. Ty’s Bandit: Easiest of winners in last and can repeat today vs. tougher.

5. Hero Force: Recent claim by Amoss returns at same level for new owner Moss race 9.

Race 9

12. Man of Strife: In form horse can handle the raise in claiming price.

11. Executive Call: Calhoun trained runner blew the doors off softer in last.

Around the Track

Just when we all thought Tom Amoss was going to run away and win yet another Fair Grounds training title a couple of pursuers got hot and have closed the gap. Joe Sharp and Bret Calhoun each now have 30 wins starting the week which is still six shy of Amoss’ 36 visits to the winner’s circle. With about 11 racing days remaining the race for leading trainer will certainly be one to watch now that the race has tightened.

Best Bet

Tough to call a best bet today with the track condition unknown as we write this but let’s give the No. 8 horse Mobile Bay in the sixth race the nod as this one should get his diploma today with a trouble free trip. Good luck and may they all come home safely.