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

5. Wise Wesley: Barely missed last out versus similar will look to hold pace for win.

7. Rocketringo: Trainer solid with double sprint route angle and puts up Eramia .

Second race

5. Grand Ginjo: Sharp sends out a gelding that had consecutive wins two back .

1. Cad: Broke maiden after move to turf and looks to repeat at a price.

Off turf selections: 5-7.

Third race

2b. Roman’s Chance: Looks to improve with return to dirt just missing in last three .

5. Persie: Ran second versus similar in last looks to graduate going back to dirt.

Fourth race

5. Kingston Terrace: Drops down off four-month layoff looks to get back to form .

1. Creme Brulee: Gets rail drops in class comes off two solid efforts.

Off turf selections: 2-9.

Fifth race

7. Very Understated: Grey will improve going back to sprint.

3. Sentimental Memory: Turn to a first timer out of Street Sense to win at debut.

Sixth race

3. Cactus Son: Very experienced horse drops in class off brief layoff.

2. Discreet Officer: Six of 10 board hitter has run well versus similar.

Off turf selections: 10-4.

Seventh race

3. Ground Transport: Stidham sends out a Westpoint stakes winner that has hit the exacta in seven of 10 locally.

8. Lemon Drop Title: Stewart trained has hit board in all four starts gets Geroux aboard.

Eighth race

2. Savings Account: Grey hit board in nine of 14 and has lived up to name in earnings column.

4. Zeven: Ramsey connections look to send to dirt with Sharp in control.

Ninth race

7. Twizz: Ran 3rd in all three career races comes off sharp workout with early speed.

5. R H Is a Runner: Trainer has hit with long shot first timers gets lasix and out of a $1 million G1 competitor.

tEnth race

8. Pocket Time: Coming off win holds highest speed rating in field looks to repeat.

4. Hot Yankee: Returns to sprint will look to sit right off the pace.

Off turf selections: 10-3.

Around the Track

The race for leading trainer heated up last week as Michael Stidham and Joe Sharp now lead the way into the final few weeks to see who will win the trainer’s title for most wins. Stidham surpassed the 1 million mark in earnings last week, while Sharp passed Tom Amoss for second place. The race looks like it will settle on these three conditioners so keep a close eye on placement of horses and those dropping down in class as these guys are intense competitiors and all dearly want to win the title this season. Should be fun to watch.

Best Bet

Our best bet today will be in Race 7 — No. 3 Ground Transport. Horse has tons of back class and if can run to potential will run away in here. Good luck and may they all come home safely.