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.

Race 1

5 – Budget Cut – solid favorite dropped in nicely to get second win here

3 – Catty Krys – should be the speed in here and might be tough to run down

Race 2

6 – Crimson Feline – will like the stalking trip from the outside with bunch of speed inside

5 – Lady Digger – moves up a bit in class after a romp and claim into Broberg barn 

Race 3

3 – Katie B’s Wager – turf record is stellar and is not in for a claim today - strong

2 – Little Norweigian – gonna get this one home for Foley’s first winner of meet

Race 4

3 – Honest Oath – set strong pace two turns at Delta – gets another crack with Sophie

4 – Maddy’s Pro – last seen in December just missed at this distance and surface

Race 5

7 – KCs Call – last was really good off layoff – Lovell gets the most out of charges

8 – Cape Race – just missed in last and comes right back to try again same level

Race 6

1 – Classic Brahms – running in place in last few but finds much easier today

7 – Florencio – drops down for Calhoun after sprinting speed in last couple of tries 

Race 7

3 – Edens Grey Kitten – loves this course and will be flying at the finish

4 – Pocketball – going to give this one another shot after tough turf try in second back

Race 8

7 – Bella Bailer – off a bit of a layoff has the number power to win here off rest for Cox

3 – Not Mizzen a Beat – tries dirt again for Faucheaux off the recent claim – fits for sure

Race 9

4 – Kat Bite – probably needed the last and has a win over this course – better effort

6 – Pinks Honor – has some number power on the turf to compete for the victory

Around the Track

No rest for the weary or the horses as we take a day off for Ash Wednesday and then right back at it here at the historic Fair Grounds. Taking a quick peek at the trainer and jockey standings we see Florent Geroux now has an insurmountable lead in the jockey race as he has been on fire as of late. He leads Robby Alborado by nearly 30 wins – 74-45. In the trainer’s race Brad Cox has opened some daylight between his nearest competitors. Cox leads Tom Amoss 31-26 and then Joe Sharp, Al Stall, Jr. Michael Stidham and Steve Asmussen are all within two wins of each other at 23 and 21. The trainer’s race should be a good sprint to the finish as Brad Cox tries to win his first Fair Grounds racing title.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet today will be in Race 6 – # 1 Classic Brahms. This one drops down a bit and gets the rail and should prevail today. Good Luck and May they all come home safely.