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 — is a partner in ttegames.net an online horse racing contest site. Follow him on Twitter: @BeychokRacing.

Race 1

1. Broadway Sticker: Sneaky good race in last with new jock Torres — gets rail.

2. Whatsyoursign: If you are born today you are a Pisces – see below for how I know.

Race 2

2. What’s the Point: Didn’t have the greatest of trips in last stuck inside — value.

3. Molly Rules: Two for two and has the speed needed in these sprints.

Race 3

1. Giada Vegas: Was likely better than finished in last after horrendous trip.

5. Secret Wonder: Trainer has this one working well for FG debut on turf.

Race 4

4. Queen of the Walk: Did all the heavy lifting in the last race and was game to finish.

6. Honey Springs: Big run to the lead in last then just could not hold on.

Race 5

2.Coast of La: Is a bit faster and should appreciate the move to the green stuff today.

8. Seeyouatthedisco: Loves loves loves this turf course and has won last two.

Race 6

7. Victory Shout: Trainer winless this year and lost last by 34 — don’t be scared.

1. Appoint Me King: Set pace in last few and draws rail after wide draws.

Race 7

2. Sage’s Epiphany: Last on dirt good but last on turf was even better — in form and fit.

1. Not Mizzen a Beat: Last looks strictly like a prep for this so beware at good odds.

Race 8

4. Forevamo: Think this one is going to be a good four year old — today is challenge.

1. General Downs: A good one for Westpoint and Stewart — beat good field in last.

Race 9

2. Pink Twice: Key move back inside where can save ground and make one run.

10. Kate’s Dancer: Not sure why this one is 10-1 on morning line but better than that.

Race 10

6. Mikey’s Mouse: First out was in contention and showed a bit of early zip while wide.

12. Uncommon Cat: Has run second last two at this level and is in form.

Around the track

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who celebrate and a happy birthday to the person who makes all I do and try to do possible — my beautiful wife Rochelle. She may share her birthday with the Irish holiday, but I’m just grateful she is still sharing her life with me after 20+ years. Happy birthday honey, I love you. Now, let’s hope some of that shamrock luck helps Chok’s Choices pick some winners today for everyone.

Best bet

Our best bet Friday will be in Race 7 — No. 2 Sage’s Epiphany. Ran well on dirt, but the turf try before that was really good. Good luck and may they all come home safely.