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

2. Nineteenth Street: Sure looks well placed to get first win today.

3. Rewards Gal: Dropping down to sellers like top choice — more of a price.

Race 2

1. Signs and Wonders: Interesting prep race in last — will have speed today I think.

3. Scalpel Please: The old Z pattern in last once he got interested in the game.

Race 3

3. McHenry: Rider change for this after encountering a spot of trouble in last.

4. Summer Spice: Just missed in last and gets new pilot in Jamie Theriot.

Race 4

1. Cowboy Affair: Has run them off their feet in last two — will try same tactic.

4. Seven Heart: Willing to accept last as a legitimate improvement so fits here.

Race 5

7. U R My Last Chance: New to barn of Asmussen must be respected off the claim.

8. Wells Gold: Back to best surface on turf after two dismal tries on the dirt.

Race 6

5. Uneven Steven: Last two have been marked improvement over rest — can win.

7. Burnin It Up: Amoss/Moss team going 2nd off a claim is a stout stat — tough here.

Race 7

6. Luvin Bullies: Had zero pace to run into in last for her late kick – gets more today.

2. Euroboss: Last was very good and improvement could be on the horizon again.

Race 8

5. I Hope: Horse just keeps running well and no reason to think another big effort here.

6. Delusional KK: Turf race in last could have been a perfect prep for this.

Race 9

5. Duenay: This might be best distance and has the number power to win at price.

9. Castle Zip: Big win in last cannot be ignored — could repeat here for a win.

Around the track

Pre-Lundi Gras card is packed with some great value opportunities today for bettors. Remember there is racing on Lundi Gras (Monday) and Mardi Gras (Tuesday) for the non-parade goers out there.

Best bet

Our best bet Sunday will be in Race 8 — No. 5 I Hope. Horse is in fantastic form and looks like another good effort will be produced today. Good luck and may they all come home safely.