Chok choices for the fairgrounds, Friday 28 January 2022 | horse racing

Michael Beychok, 2012 National Handicpping Championship and winner of the 2012 Eclipse Award for Best Handicapper, brings 35 years of experience to The Advocate. Beychok is also the senior partner of Ourso Beychok Inc., an award-winning national political consultancy based in Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @beychokracing.

Race 1

4 I’m used to it: slow start at first start – improvement probably today after training.

10 Jig Time Bandit: Jockey Culp has a good meet – late start in the last – ready Friday.

Race 2

9 Shelli’s Angel: Any improvement on grass will put it in the mix at a high cost.

8 Mrs. Cajun Queen: Walked good on grass first to some good horses – same level.

Race 3

9 Dover Strait: Claimed for a higher prize – tried stronger competition but returned with friendlies.

3 Coach Hudson: Another claimed back twice – should improve for Amoss.

Race 4

7 Prarie: Falling into a claimer for the first time — usually a strong angle — is fastest on paper.

1/1A War Light /Unorthodox: A recovery on Unorthodox indicates that a big run is on the way.

Race 5

4 Sweet Confusion: Back to dirt and sprinting, this one ran better than last time.

5 Lets Go All Theway: This one also seems to be a better dirt sprinter than a grass router.

Race 6

6 Bout Time: Intended for turf first out in May – works well – trainer can get them ready.

5 Frosteria: Won twice, but disqualified for both for interference – clean travel wins.

Race 7

4 Zelig: falls back to level where competitive – 2nd after a layoff – makes great effort on Friday.

5 Jimmy Two Times: The last two can be thrown – at the right level and on the right surface and at a distance.

Race 8

1/1A Cash Rocket/KC Rocket: Both halves of the contest can absorb this heat on the grass.

2 California Holiday: Trainer used to be very good with starters on the grass.

Race 9

8 Stella Link: Looked like a winner on the stretch, but came close to last on the wire late.

9 Satisfy U: Falling a little short in the last two, but can find the winner’s circle against this.

Around the track

A look back at the weekend means a few more words about the rivalry between Mandaloun and Midnight Bourbon. These two racehorses didn’t want to lose and it was a two horse race from the drop of the flag to the finish. Mandaloun triumphed in a very fast time, but I feel that this result could easily be reversed as the season progresses and the rematch takes place. What a joy to watch two of our fastest horses go toe to toe on the Gentilly oval. Good stuff.

Best guess

Our best bet on Friday is in Race 5 – No. 4 Sweet Confusion returns to dirt and a sprint to take the win.

Good luck and may they all come home safe.

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