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.
5. Charlies Affair: Has a bit of a class edge over this group — tough race to call.
8. Canadian Knight: Turf tries are good enough and finds a spot he can win.
6. Perfect Socks: This one has been ultra consistent in last four races.
3. KC’s Call: Has a win two back and Lovell always has her horses ready to run.
6. Grand Marais: The company this one has kept and the drop signals an edge.
5. Stand Up Stand Out: Meche/Assmussen combo was potent many years ago.
4. Full Heart: Takes a big drop to get Foley his first win of the meet hopefully.
2. Tough Equation: In form and just won against lesser competition — contender.
4. I Hope: Threw in a clunker in last but has worked twice since — still in form.
1. Chaotic Kitty: Must respect the speed this one has to clear off and lead from gate.
2. War Spirit: Tough race to handicap but this one takes drop after first run — a shot.
7. Ritas Fifty Seven: The logical choice here after a few competitive runs vs better.
6. Closing Ahead: Won’t get 6-1 but this one ran much better than finish in last.
3. Smittys Gunslinger: This one has a long shot chance so don’t ignore at the window.
8. Efforting: Has run into a couple of very nice horses in two starts for the FG Club.
5. Cassidy’s Reward: Bet first out — showed speed — attracts Geroux for this start.
3. Fault: Returns to what might be best surface after running into some nice ones.
1. Signalpath: Might have found new home on turf with nice run in last for Sharp.
5. Parade Me: Track is playing favorably to this one’s style of speed — big chance.
1. Muffaleta: Might get a good stalking trip saving ground off speed of top choice.
Around the track
The Dubai World Cup was run on Saturday in Dubai. Once the world’s richest race with a total purse of 10 million, the race still is a premier showcase for the world’s fastest horses and this year’s edition featured a few horses Fair Grounds fans have seen, Gun Runner and Keen Ice, but the superstar of the day was Arrogate who demonstrated his superior talent by breaking last then simply inhaling the leaders to win comfortably. Our top jockey, Florent Geroux rode Gun Runner masterfully and looked liked a winner mid-stretch until Arrogate blew by in a performance that stamped him as the greatest horse I’ve ever seen on dirt. Hopefully, racing fans will be treated to a few more starts by this once in a lifetime race horse.
Our best bet Monday will be in Race 8 — No. Efforting. The Fair Grounds Racing Club should get her first win Monday for members. Good luck and may they all come home safely.