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

5. Wind Chill Factor: Impossible to pick against this nice filly.

1. Jackie Ems Pal: Terrific first out almost won at 100-1 — gamer

Race 2

2. Joe Goshon: Expect just enough improvement for the drop down to win.

3. Seismic Silence: Made a competitive showing last out same class and distance.

Race 3

2. Another Blue: A solid performer on the turf comes off freshening for Amoss.

6. Perfect Step: A claim by Asmussen in NY ships to FG for turf.

Race 4

2. My Friend Flavin: Lost all chance in last when beaten by second choice — rebounds today

4. Just Kissin Buck: Nice professional win in last drawing away from foes.

Race 5

7. Batten Down Belle: Has to move up on turf and get back to first few races.

9. Tangled Tart: Needed last race and will be a factor late.

Race 6

1. Flipster: The rail is place to be for these sprint races — needs to pop the gate today.

4. John and Jerry: Might get the lead here and not stop at big odds.

Race 7

10. Five Green Stars: Found home on turf and won in race horse time in last.

7. Hiram: Around the wire in most turf starts and will be a bomber here.

4. Wine List: No real knocks — fast but odds will likely be too low.

Race 8

1. Queen Boss: Gets the rail and gets the win today from inside.

3. Guilleta: Just lost to top choice in KY and looks to turn tables.

Race 9

1. Branded Hand: Rail — good dirt form — good trainer — good bet.

6. Paddys Note: Will need to run him down to get the win.

Race 10

7. Caliparis Kitten: Drop down will be in front at some point.

2. Chad Be Glad: Popular horse in the claim box goes for Gibson for second time.

Around the Track

Last card of 2014 and we have a few we like quite a bit today so check below for the preferred, end of the year, bail out of the trap, price plays to bring in the New Year with a bang at the bank.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet today will be in Race 5 — No. 7 Batten Down Belle. Let’s also try a Pick 3 in that sequence starting in Race 5 — 7-9 with 1-4 with 4-7-10. Then in Race 7 let’s try an exacta box with the 4-7-10. In Race 7 let’s go with a final 2014 Pick 4 — 4-7-10 with 1-3 with 1-6 with 2-7. Good luck and may they all come home safely.