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 today for fast track and off turf.
6. Frontier Warrior: Won six of last 10 goes back to dirt looks to wire field.
2. Contrip: Early speed will help in this one but top choice will be tough foe.
2. Dewey Lake: Grey coming off solid effort last out will be major threat.
8. Bubba Roan: Signed up as a MTO entry this grey will be ready for Sharp .
On turf selections: 1-5.
6. Mundo Mutadda: Going back to dirt has run well a spot of water in the dirt.
5. Whiskey Biz: Won by 8-lengths last out will look for repeat effort.
7. Stack a Lee: Looking to a firster for leading meet trainer out of G1 winner Forestry.
8. Cameron Rules: Drops in class to maiden claimers will be right off the pace.
4. Magic Five: Board hitter in five of last six coming off live race has run well with moisture .
3. Planet: Hefty purchase price sired by Street Cry drops down looking to graduate.
On turf selections: 3-9.
10. Jslookovrurshoulda: Consistent animal drops in class coming off three solid efforts.
3. Texas Fire: All out in last three wins but will spot weight today hoping for a slop run.
2. Bayago: Moves up in class seems to like to run well for new connections over career.
4. Papa’s Forest: Coming off last out win has the dirt experience if goes off turf.
On turf selections: 8-11.
6. Ms Runcat: Ran second in last two looks to improve going back to dirt.
1. Baby Customs: Ran well in debut looks to repeat effort going back to dirt from rail .
12. Hazards of Love: Moss/Amoss shipper drops in class looking to pounce on dirt.
8. Ruble: Grey has been at his best on dirt and get leading meet rider.
On turf selections: 7-4.
8. Gimme Yo Number: Winner of two of last three has nine wins in 30 career races.
5. Jias Pal: Early speed will aid in here will welcome any track condition.
4. Wild Ranger: Drops in class stretching out to the route back to dirt.
6. First Reunion: Drops down after two respectable efforts will be a contender.
Around the Track
Trainer Steve Asmussen and champion Rachel Alexandra are nominees for the National Racing Hall of Fame induction this year. It would be fitting if Asmussen, who ranks second all-time in career wins, and Rachel were voted into the Hall in the same year as Amussen trained Rachel for much of her career including her victory in the Preakness. Both horse and human are deserving inductees into the Hall of Fame.
Our best bet today will be in Race 6 — No. 10 Jslookovrurshoulda. Consistent horse that ran second versus tougher in last and garners the highest speed figure at this distance. Good luck and may they all come home safely.