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 off turf.
4. Cartographer: A horse who was bet in first two starts gets a bit of relief here.
1. Blues Museum: Nice runs in last two and gets inside post in the mile race.
4. Sweet Hall: Legit early speed and the inside post makes this one live.
3. Jeanines Pride: Just missed in last at the level and might get good setup.
1. Aniar: Gets the rail and moved up in class for new stable.
2. Hayqs Fable: Big win and run in the last in an off the turf affair.
2. Rue Bellamy: Will have the necessary speed to get position in the mile rade.
4. Mr Green Girl: Has won his last two dirt mile races at the Fair Grounds.
On turf selections: 7-10.
2. Its Geaux Time: Two races at 6f are a bit slower than others but right running style.
3. If I Ever: New barn sometimes means all the difference for a big race.
3. Sun and Sand: Has shown good dirt form and was better than looked.
1. Street Rhythm: Horst to beat after a couple of good efforts .
On turf selections: 3-1.
8. Catfeinated: First off the claim for nation’s leading trainer is good angle.
4. Zambito: Clearly will be the one to run down but a lot of company up front.
8. Majestic Angel: Might have been best in last but got an education out of the loss.
10. Exclusively Emma: Tough heats at Churchill and gave good account of talent.
On turf selections: 8-1.
- inth race
1-1a. — Whichever of the entry trainer Bruggerman runs is my top choice.
3. Divas Delight: Will show improvement on the drop down in class for Margoiis.
Around the Track
Today is the first day of the 3-day National Handicapping Championship held in Las Vegas. The total prize pool to crown the best handicapper in the country will be over $2.5 million. Along with several other Louisiana handicappers, including my brother Ben Beychok, John Kaiser, Wayne Collier, Charlie Ricks, Tim Averill and Doug Draper, will be trying to win the $800,000 top prize and the coveted Eclipse Award that goes along with the title of National Handicapper of the Year.
Our best bet today will be in Race 4 — No. 2 Rue Bellamy. Should have the necessary early zip to gain a good stalking position. Good luck and may they all come home safely.