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.

Race 1

4. Keystone Cop: Runs very well fresh and has a good race over the track.

2. Hollow Creek: Training very fast in the morning for Roussel.

Race 2

1-1A. Sergios Pride/Hombre Natural: Either part of the entry for recent GR 1 winning trainer De la cerda.

2. Control Stake: Strong favorite at short odds for Amoss.

Race 3

1-1A. Tallahatchie Luke/Run Right at It: Either part of entry is choice on top.

6. Phish Fan: Looks to be on the lead and will have to be caught.

Race 4

6. Lakeleigh Longlegs: Comes in with nice series of prep drills for this.

3. Megan C: Ran behind recent winner and can sit off the pace.

1. La Justice: Dropping into softer competition helps chances today.

Race 5

1. Big Lil Red: Big move in last but came up short — gets job done today.

3. Havana Mike: Might find himself on the lead in this one.

Race 6

6. Little Face: Appears to have found a soft spot to get another win.

3. My True Lady: Has the turf form to make this competitive.

10. Waytogo Trish: Very good turf races and comes in ready.

Race 7

1. Go Go Rocket: Kknocking heads with some toughies in Kentucky.

2. Flashy Sunrise: Winner for Maker two races back and fits nicely.

Race 8

3. Big Top Dollar: Second time out for this nicely bred for turf filly.

2. Poquito Britches: Calhoun off to a slow start with charges but will heat up.

Race 9

4. Rasberry Delight: Might offer some value here with big favorite in race.

6. Classy Cajun: Won by daylight last out questionable coming right back.

Around the Track

Let’s take a quick look at our results so far. Hitting about 25 percent of top choices is not going to show a flat bet profit and we are below water right now (-28.00) on 66 bets. Our suggestion on how to use the selections is to bet the longer priced horse of the top two selections and never bet a horse less than 8-5. Starting this week, we will look for a bit more value on our picks because we are not going for winners, but for flat bet profits. Here are our results so far: 66-16-16-8 — 104.20 (24 percent)

Best Bet

The Best Bet is still performing well which is in stark contrast to last year’s results. We hit on a couple more last week so let’s try to keep the hot streak going. Let’s make a Daily Double Best Bet on Race 5-6 with No. 1 1 in Race 5 and No. 6 in Race 6. For scoring purposes our Best Bet-Value on the card is in Race 5 — No. 1 Big Lil Red. Good Luck and may they all come home safely.