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

3. Bright N Shine: Off the drop and the likely speed profile looks strong.

5. Jeanines Pride: Should be able to stalk and press the top choice for a placing.

second race

6. Diamonds and Oil: Running style fits this turf course like a glove right now.

3. Mulata: Will be closing from the clouds with new jockey Esquivel.

third race

2. Nicholls Rebel: Has had a few tries gets good post for new jockey Eramia.

1. Who Dat Frog: Break from gate will be key for changes here.

fourth race

3. Elles Holiday: P Val should be able to break this one out and cruise home.

4. He’s a Dandy Candy: Trouble on turf in last but showed speed in first outing.

fifth race

6. Slick Pardoned Me: Has race over the track and new trainer Broberg takes over.

3. Quick Indian: Should sit nice trip behind speed and be one to catch in stretch.

sixth race

4. Stax on Stacks: Third start might be the charm for this Street Boss son.

3. NJ Cape: Trainer and jockey have good success together and is first time gelding.

seventh race

8. Thunder Struck Again: Nice fitness race in last: should be wound up and ready today.

6. Easter Gentleman: Showed little in last but was a bit rank during early running.

eighth race

7. American Sailor: Legit speed and threat to go wire to wire on turf.

5. Rys the Man: The value play and has two wins over this turf course.

  • inth race

3. Posture: Tepid pick in a wide open race with some returning runners.

4. Bluegrass Beat: Speed of the speed but can he carry it all the way home.

TENTH race

11. Roses Asset: Race over the track coupled with big drop down tabs this one.

10. Lionontheloose: Has shown interest and ability in all three starts.

Around the Track

Jockey Robby Albarado makes his first appearance this year at a track, where he has won seven riding titles starting with his first in 1997-98. Albarado rides most of the year on the Kentucky circuit and his presence among the jockey colony, would put him among the top riders at the meet this year. Albarado was the regular rider for two-time Horse of the Year Curlin in 2007 and 2008.

Best Bet

Our best bet today will be in Race 2 — No. 6 Diamonds and Oil. The running style of this horse — a come from behind type closer — fits the way the turf course is playing up to this point in the meet. Good luck and may they all come home safely.