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 his on Twitter: @BeychokRacing.

Race 1

4. King Bandit: Just missed in sprint in last and gets win today.

1. Danny T: Winner of his last going longer now shortens up.

Race 2

3. Daylighting: Horse looks to have huge advantage over rivals today.

2. Powder Road: Gets back on dirt and needed the last.

Race 3

1. On Moonlight Bay: Figures tower over this field trainer good with new acquisitions.

4. Hourly Appointment: Hawley runner goes out for second time — improvement expected.

Race 4

6. Impetuous Youth: Out of a classy brilliant mare — tries turf for first time.

1. Cat With a Twist: Gets back on turf after off the turf non effort.

Race 5

7. Hughes the Daddy: Drops down finding easier opponents with new trainer.

5. Drewry’s Bluff: Nice second for a trainer who will heat up soon.

Race 6

5. Distorted Music: Narrow call in a very tough race – highly competitive heat.

2. Flashy Gal: Might get the right pace setup to pounce at top of stretch.

3. Eden Prairie: Loves this turf course – a bet at over 5-1 if you can get it.

Race 7

1. Know You Now: Probable big favorite looks the part on paper.

6. Executive Call: Runs well on FG strip and ran behind top choice in last.

Race 8

3. Flying Jibe: Ran off with Albarado in first start has legit speed to take ’em gate to wire.

10. Beautiful Liar: Sneaky, good looking first start will stalk from outside today.

Race 9

2. Betty MC: Our best bet at 23-1 last out looked liked winner but faded — gets to wire today in front.

11. Lunarstrike: Not a bad first effort and seems to fit with this crew.

Around the Track

Today’s Stakes race is named after Blushing KD — a superstar filly who won the Fair Grounds Oaks as well as the Kentucky Oaks in 1997. She was bought for $25,000 out of the Fair Grounds sale in 1996 and proved to be a bargain. KD never got to prove her worth fully on the track as she suffered a career-ending injury in the summer after her Oaks victory and never produced a foal before she tragically died after undergoing colic surgery when she was six. A freakishly fast filly, Blushing KD gave a lot of Louisiana fans something to root for in that special 1997 racing year. We will have updated meet figures Friday.

Best Bet

In Race 3, On Moonlight Bay is the most likely winner on the card, albeit at short odds. Let’s go for some value with Hughes the Daddy in Race 5. Good luck and may they all come home safely.