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.

Picks made today for fast track and on turf

First race

4. Aunt Lois: Probably needed the last race beating our second choice.

6. Gimme Yo Number: Got a perfect setup and clear speed in last win.

second race

10. Sister Ceari: Well bred for turf: second time for trainer good angle.

5. Maryblueeyes: Good efforts on turf match up well against this group.

third race

1. La Chuchi: Seems to be enough speed in here to setup closing kick.

5. Dream Sequence: Went to front in last dirt effort and wired the field.

fourth race

8. Arabian Queen: Finds a nice spot to make first appearance at FG.

3. Smiling Sundae: Gets a good post here for this odd turf distance.

10. Doctor Sweet: Won by daylight in only turf try — older now — maybe faster.

fifth race

8. Lemon Drop Title: Could be a very nice sort if healthy long enough: talented.

1-1a. Sylvias Warrior/War Point: Either part of the entry will be tough if top choice not fully cranked up .

sixth race

8. In Arch We Trust: Willing to give this one another chance off powerful maiden win.

6. Little Ariel: Cut back in distance might be just the right move for this one.

5. Mi Fiori: Big win after long layoff — can she repeat that effort is question.

seventh race

5. Nanosecond: Our choice in last outing didn’t fire but gets another shot today.

3. Producer: Long shot possibilities abound with this one at a big price.

6. Zapperini: Big effort first out going a mile and working well in the morning.

eighth race

7. Great Minds: Big race here last year at this distance — freshened up for this.

2. Waging War: Gets to the turf which I’ve thought was his best surface — we’ll see.

  • inth race

9. Saint No More: Is an improving sort who has run two good races in a row.

1. Wealwayshaveparis: Gets the rail which should insure a good groundsaving trip.

Around the Track

As much as it pains me to do this it is time to take a look at the performance — or lack of performance — of Chok’s Choices on the season. We have improved over the past two weeks to bring our on top win percentage to nearly 20 percent, which is way below our standards, but our return on investment is a dismal 63 cents on every dollar wagered on a top choice. Our underneath picks — those we pick second — continue to perform very well however so keep an eye on those. Here are the season results: 604-119-118-84 = 20 percent win, 53 percent in-the-money.

Best Bet

Our best bet today will be a Pick 3 to start off the week. Race 4: 3-8-10 with 1-8 — 5-6-8 and let’s hope 8s are wild on a Thursday. Good luck and may they all come home safely.