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

6. Run for Mummy: Better break today and better jock help chances.

2. Ranger Regiment: Will have to be caught as this one will be on the lead.

Race 2

4. Eva La Rouge: Off for over a year but won last — improves today.

9. Heatseeker Sharon: Likes to run second and gets jock change.

Race 3

7. Gold Legion: Hard knocker always around the wire at this level.

8. Miraculousmo: Obvious horse to beat in here at short odds.

Race 4

8. Shoot the Loop: In for a tag but fits with these types off of the last.

9. Harvest Home: This is around the time of year Roussel gets hot.

Race 5

9. Rowdy Richard: Second off layoff for Faucheaux and ran a corker last out.

6. Ole Pete: Tough to trust at short odds but could be played at higher price than ML.

Race 6

1. Enchanted River: Two really good races at distance and surface hard to ignore.

4. Spring Formal: Nice effort last out and has won 5-16 on turf.

Race 7

2. Zenion: Not sure what he beat last out but looked good winning first out.

6. Thunder West: Caught sloppy track in last and may not have appreciated it.

Race 8

2. Pretty Perfection: Look for this one to get the lead early and hang on.

3. Cap: Well bred Claiborne homebred better than first try.

Race 9

12. Deweys Sunshine: Made a slight move in last and faded against better.

3. Geaux Gable: Long shot can upset this race at a big price to close out the day.

Around the Track

Let’s take a snapshot at the jockey and trainer standings so far in the meet. The jockey’s race continues to be an all James Graham affair as he leads rivals by 26 wins with a total of 72. Miguel Mena, Francisco Torres and Florent Geroux are all battling for second place in a tightly bunched group. The race for leading trainer is still being dominated by Tom Amoss, who like Graham is trying to go wire to wire. Amoss holds a 12-win lead with 30 wins over Bret Calhoun going into Thursday races with another group of five trainers at 17 wins. Amoss is winning at a 34 percent rate which is extremely impressive.

Best Bet

Our best bet today will be in Race 6 — No. 1 Enchanted River. This one has run very well in last two at distance and surface and should get the win today at modest odds. Good luck and may they all come home safely.