Michael Beychok, the 2012 National Handicapping Championship and 2012 Eclipse Award winner 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 consulting firm based in Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @beychokracing.

Picks made today for fast track and on turf

Race 1

2. Jacks Gray Girl: Trainer starting to heat up and this one has nice win in last.

6. Lurey An: Gets a new barn and some lasix to add to the changes for this race.

Race 2

5. Chirping: Always respect the Glen Hill Farm horses and this one showed talent.

2. Drenas Star: No knocks, two high quality races and tries turf for first time.

Race 3

4. Run to Glory: Ran best race in series in last and now drops to find a win today.

3. Elegant Idea: Should be closing into the speed and needs to work out a trip.

Race 4

9. Our Frosty: Big numbers on turf tries over the summer at La Downs — layoff return.

12. Spartanburg: Impressive win in last for team Delhomme — repeat despite post?

Race 5

3. Watch My Smoke: Trainer does well with limited starters — attracts Miguel Mena.

6. Cool Ambition: First off claim for Amoss — get Geroux to ride — tough in this spot.

Race 6

6. Bora Bora: Tough trip in last got some education and should be sharper today.

3. Marmello: Trainer can strike with big odds — horse is working fast in the mornings.

Race 7

1. Saguaro Row: Nice first out win – been on the shelf but working well for return.

5. Taylors Princess: Like the stretch out here with abundant speed to use for position.

Race 8

6. King of All Media: Second off a claim here and giving another shot after last flop.

5. Dontblamerocket: Loves this turf course with two wins in four starts here.

Race 9

5. Louisianagentleman: Drops down in class significantly to find easier foes.

8. Final Deed: Key to these races is finding horse likely to run his/her race — fits.

Around the track

Nice little Sunday card following huge day Saturday with some spectacular performances by three-year-olds looking to go on the Fair Grounds Oaks and the Louisiana Derby. In the race for leading jockey, through Friday’s action, Miguel Mena leads Shaun Brigmohan by three wins 47-44, while in the leading trainer race Brad Cox leads Joe Sharp 33 to 31. Both races seem destined to go down the final weeks of the meet.

Best bet

Our best bet Sunday will be in Race 3 No. 4 Run To Glory. A drop down after a nightmare trip two back should be good enough to get the win.

Good luck and may they all come home safely.