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

5 Peggy Joe: Last good enough to win and claimed by Sharp helps.

3 Lizzy N DC: Last good and has found right level after long layoff.

Race 2

1 Ima Big Colta: Two very strong races and a bit unlucky not to have won one of them.

9 Big Peps: Every race has been competitive and finds easier here.

Race 3

4 Mrs. Gertrude: This is her level, and she should get a win at a price today.

10 Etta J: Has speed from the outside to get god stalking position.

Race 4

1 Sourcesandmethods: Choice on turf or dirt — stronger choice on turf.

7 Salute the C: Fast in the past might have needed the last race.

Race 5

5 Legend Forever: Might be speed of the speed here and could clear up front.

6 Arch Angel: Logical presser or closer will be off the speed here.

Race 6

5 Galveston Harbor: Choice for dirt — has run very well on FG track.

3 Udoknowjack: Second choice if on dirt will be on the lead IF ON TURF: 8-9.

Race 7

10 Tent of Livingston: Four good races just not quite good enough for win.

5 Flatbellyfrank: Should improve enough in second career race to contend.

Race 8

7 Dead On: Has won an off the turf affair at the Fair Grounds before.

10 Ride Me High: Will go to the front and try to them all the way on dirt. IF ON TURF: 1-5

Race 9

5 Kid Zip: Getting first Lasix and dropping down after showing speed.

7 Monarchy of Roses: First off claim for Sharp after a nice comebacker.

Race 10

2 Gandono: Nice debut. Should like the dirt and should improve here.

15 Tally Jax: Entered for dirt only and also should improve here. IF ON TURF: 3-2.

Race 11

10 Bright and Shine: Doesn’t have to be much first out to win here and works signal some talent.

2 One Top Queen: Nice second last out but needs to improve again here.

Around the Track

Picks Made Today for fast track and OFF turf.

A quick peek at the jockey standings going into the final 10 days reveals that the race for leading jockey is over and James Graham has locked up his first riding title at the Gentilly oval with a leading total of 91 wins. The race for second is heated as Miguel Mena, Florent Geroux and Francisco Torres are battling with 65-63-62 wins respectively as the week started. Best of luck to all the riders who put their safety on the line everyday.

Best Bet

Our Best Bet today will be in Race 4, the No. 1 horse Sourcesandmethods and this one will be good on turf or dirt.

Good luck and may they all come home safely.