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.
Picks made yoday for wet track and off turf.
6. Degree: Asmussen claimed must feel good about chances.
10. How Nice: Only two starts on dirt has a shot off the turf in here.
2. Acid Rain: Drops in class will improve going back to dirt out of Roman Ruler.
7. Lucky Summer: First time starter out of Summer Bird getting lasix in debut.
4. Believeinsomething: Won last race on dirt having hit board in eight of nine.
5. Indian Wind: Dirt proven ran fourth in this race last year.
2. Wheatfield: SoCal shipper going right into form dropping down .
6. Delusional K K: Has placed in seven of last 10 races holding highest speed figure in field.
3. Youve Got a Friend: Grey 11 of 17 in the money for Roussel who’s solid going route to sprint.
7. Danny T: Drops in class coming off six of seven races on dirt rates well here.
2. John Gordon: Asmussen solid with drops off win coming out of sharp workout and needed experience in Texas races.
1. Itsy Bitsy Walk: In good form coming off top three finishes in last 12 holding 16 career wins.
10. John’s Luck: Will improve going shorter distance coming off tough last out at Delta Downs.
7. Cashel Rock: Gets class relief today having run versus stakes foes in last few .
7. Seek the Noblest: Amoss drops in class shipping in after running third in last as favorite.
9. Kendall’s Boy: Early speed will help in here having won last race.
6. Warriorscmoutoplay: Looks to improve second off layoff having won three in a row three back.
1. Strawberry Baby: Has won two in a row on dirt and has good early speed.
1. Kate’s Dancer: Ran third versus similar gets familiar Eramia aboard.
6. Whistling Wind: Damn has seven winners from seven starters coming off sharp workout.
Around the Track
Workouts this week featured horses putting in their prep work for the Louisiana Derby and the Fair Grounds Oaks. Gun Runner, Mo Tom, and Tom’s Ready all put in nice works with Tom’s Ready going really well for trainer Dallas Stewart. Venus Valentine, the upset winner for trainer Tom Amoss in the Rachel Alexandra, put in a quick five furlong work Wednesday and appears to be ready to take on Stageplay again who also worked quickly for trainer Steve Asmussen. The Derby and the Oaks will be run on March 26.
Our best bet today will be in Race 2 — No. 2 Acid Rain. This horse has highest last race speed figure and will improve going back to dirt making the drop. Good luck and may they all come home safely.