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

4. L et the Lady Speak: This race will be off turf — has good dirt form — good post.

10. Merveilleuse: Entered for dirt only — fits well — outside post concern.

Race 2

1. Imperial Crown: Gets rail, game race in last — should win at short odds.

6. Richmond County: Logical favorite and recent claim for Gibson.

Race 3

2: Sua Sponte: Choice for turf or dirt was very wide in last gets better trip here

6: Slope: Should be able to handle the moisture in the dirt track.

Race 4

8. Briddle: Drop down has a race over the track and leading rider Graham.

7. I Vow To You: Good turf starts, off a layoff but faster than most in here.

Race 5

3. Feemetothelion: Coming off layoff but gets advantageous post and jockey.

1A. Udoknowjack: Couple of races over the track — post a concern on dirt.


Race 6

4. Shook Up: Might be another real nice Tapit filly for Asmussen — very strong.

2: Thoughtless: No disgrace in losing last to nice one — one to beat.

Race 7

1. Bet Seattle: Likes the track, coming off a layoff, gets rail position, good value.

5. Delauny: Likely winner at short odds – trainer has done fantastic job with this one


Race 8

2. Gentlemen’s Agreement: Huge first out bet down winner gets another one today.

4. Jason’s Arrowhead: Better than on paper, win in last, improves today.

Race 9

3. Brandon’s Pic: Huge run into paceless race in last, better timing gets win.

6. Pummil: Fastest on paper but suspect off further drop down.

Race 10

10. Sweet Madalyna: Trainer doesn’t win many first time, but this one out of a nice mare and shows some good works.

12. Betty MC: Our old friend failed us again last time but fits here with these.

Around the Track

Today’s seventh race is a stakes race honoring Bonapaw — a crack sprinter who won 18 races and over $1 million on track. Bonapaw won the Thanksgiving Day Handicap twice at the Fair Grounds and capped off his career with a Gerard Melancon- guided win in the Vosburgh Stakes in New York — a Grade 1 event. Bonapaw retired in 2005 with 1.1 million dollars in earnings from 18 victories.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet Saturday will be in Race 8: No. 2 Gentlemen’s Agreement. This horse was bet down in first start and the money was smart as he romped. Should handle the dirt as well and might be a bit overlooked. Good Luck and may they all come home safely.