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. Peters Rock: A lot of good turf races to run back to that win here.

6. Uncle Jeep: Good form at Arlington Park on turf over the summer.

Race 2

2. Princess Jeanette: Was pick in her first start showed interest but tired — fit today.

1. Boogies Girl: Always involved early — rail helps today.

Race 3

3. Pferd: 2nd start for Amoss — ran second at this level last out finds easier today.

4. Expect Elprada: Fits with these and can win if top choice falters.

Race 4

7. Batter Up: Got a tightner off the drop — looks like controlling speed with Rosie.

9. Hooched Express: Ran well at this level at Churchill Downs.

Race 5

5. Pentafecta: Last was lengths better than any other in this race.

4. Soul Pilot: Loads of respect for trainer — can improve off last win and upset.

Race 6

6. Shoot Me Another: Could not overcome wide trip in last — hope for better today.

2. A Noble Calling: Takes big drop from 40,000 to 12,500 today.

Race 7

2. Traveling Stone: Hard to pick a winner from 24 starts horse but…

5. Mr. Andrew: Very tepid choices in a tough race.

Race 8

7. Stevie Loves Women: Nice workout following good dirt effort.

1. Walkers Terrace: Working well for first start and well bred.

Race 9

3. Early Success: Rosie returns after second-place finish opening week.

4. Go Go Rocket: The races over the summer win this race today.


Former Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones has some of his horses stabled at the Fair Grounds this winter for various trainers. A big fan of horse racing, Governor Jones is also a successful breeder in Kentucky and is still a staunch supporter of thoroughbred racing.


In Race 5 Pentafecta will be short odds but we have to start a winning streak with out Best Bets somewhere. Pentafecta should win today to stop the losing streak.