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.

First race

4. Arnaud: Looks like the right one to take if sent to the lead

7. Two Date: Doesn’t Have Best Of Posts For This But Does Possess Speed To Lead

Second race

2. Arabella Bella: gets top jockey and taking quite a drop in here.

5. She’s Got Pride: Race should be off turf so this is a one mile favoring speed. If on turf – 3-4.

Third race

3. Tabadool: Winner right back after a good looking win for Sharp 5.

4. Firespike: Fits well with these and gets hot longshot jock Murrill.

Fourth race

3. Conquest Fleetfeet: Coming off some synthetic racing which is an angle I like

4. Valadorna: Clearly the horse to beat with some nice wins over some good ones.

Fifth race

2B. Babbalight: Has a shot at an upset due to good early speed

1A. Buggin Out: Trying for a three-peat in the Magic City after winning last 2 years.

Sixth race

2. Dynashe: First run was impressive then took on some good ones in last — improves today

7. Power Empire: Gets dirt today and should handle the surface just fine. If on turf – 5-2.

Seventh race

3. Dorfman: Gutsy win in last and can win right back with a bit of improvement.

2. Beltway: Gets a needed drop after taking on much tougher in last few tries

Eighth race

4. Holly Go Lightly: This one showed some spark in the mornings before first try

5. Streetlady: Showing speed in the mornings and draws Bravo for Stidham combo. If on Turf – 4-5

Ninth race

3. Efforting: Comes back stronger than ever for the Fair Grounds Racing Club.

1. Junos Starlet: Was looking like a good one last year before hitting the shelf.

Tenth race

2. Fiftyshadesofhay: Maybe this one has always wanted to go a bit longer – tries today

4. Amazing Bella: Should contend for early lead and might hold on in the stretch.

Around the Track

Efforting, one of the original horses in the fair grounds racing club, runs in today’s 9th event. the club is a group of owners who get all the thrills, ups and downs of owning a horse but with all earnings going to charity. Thanks to Mr. B. Wayne Hughes of Spendthrift farm the horse was donated to the club and the owners have had quite a few visits to the winner’s circle with Efforting and Excitations, the other horse in the stable.

Best Bet

Our best bet today will be in Race 9. No. 3 Efforting. She should come back even stronger this year after a good summer at Evangeline Downs.

Good luck and may they all come home safely.