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. Picks Made Today for Fast Track and ON Turf

Race 1

8. Resilient Rick – should get first run on the leaders with nice stalking trip

3. Conscious Decision – first time Cox and will be closing stoutly under Sophie

Race 2

7. Lougarou – homebred for the Stalls and looks to be very live first out

5. D’Money Honey – bet hard first out and had tough trip for a firster

Race 3

1. Final Deed – will likely be sent from the rail and might prove hard to catch

9. Bowknot Billy – gets a fast track to try after a couple of tries over wet tracks

Race 4

3. Tale of Beaucette – consistent sort who is in form right now for trainer Rini

4. Danny T – drops down to lowest level in awhile and owns 3 wins over track

Race 5

8. Hot Yankee: Trainer Hartman can improve new acquisitions like this one

5. Nola Fashion: Winner of last going shorter and has a few wins over track

Race 6

2. It is Time: Races at Laurel Park stack up well and this one ran a nice first out

8. Messiah: Big work last week means this one improves over first effort at a price

Race 7

5. Missive: Looked every bit a winner but got tired in last – winner came back to win

2. Forever: Logical horse running a couple nice races in first two starts

Race 8

2. Adonis Creed: Looks to have found a softer spot than most recent for Cox

8. Highly Prized: In good form and won here last year over this course

Race 9

3. Mesoma: Is in career form and a repeat of last powerful win gets the prize

5. The Truth or Else: Training well since trip to the Far East and Korea

Race 10

3. Sages Epiphany: In good form and taking a drop in class for high % trainer

1. Kiss the Princess: Winless on turf but 50% of the time runs 2nd

12. St. Louis City: In the money monster on the turf will round out exotics

Around the track

Happy Thanksgiving! We are back for another year of Chok’s Choices and we could not be more excited for the prospects of a fantastic, competitive and high quality racing meet. In the next few days we will discuss the new trainers and jockeys who are shipping in to try their luck at the Gentilly oval this year. New faces can mean big prices on under the radar trainers and jockeys who might not be well known to the casual bettors but we will endeavor to enlighten readers with some inside information that can lead to nice priced winners. Good luck to all and thank you for following along for another season.

Best bet

Our best bet Thursday will be in Race 9 No. 3 Mesoma. Impressive winner of last will be a nice price today in the Thanksgiving Day Handicap. Good luck and may they all come home safely.