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. Smittytown: Hard to ignore last win at lower level in a romp.

1. Divine Providence: Drops down to lowest level in long time.

Race 2

7. Corts Design: Won 5 of 8 on turf and 3 of last 6 including 2-3 at FG.

3. Miss Moronette: Jockey change might be enough to get this bomb home.

Race 3

2. Our Glory Nears: Third time might be the charm for this young miss.

4. Swift Sword: Well bred filly tries dirt for first time in her career.

Race 4

7. Profluent: Very sharp win in last for Graham and he sticks with this one today.

6. Hawks Image: Always knocking at the door and a threat to win at a price.

Race 5

1. Silverton: Gets rail and leading rider Graham for second start of career.

2. Winning Attribute: First timer has some spiffy works in his tab.

Race 6

4. Flor de la Luna: Big fan of this one and love the short break — is a runner.

8. Save Our Oceans: Ran into two monster fillies first out and won turfing second time.

Race 7

9. Think Tough: Entered to win today with speed from outside.

3. War Force: Bad break in last — same jockey — raise in class — interesting bomber.

Race 8

2. Waronthehomefront: Favored in last always a factor at this level.

3. Ultimo Tango: Huge last race now gets new barn and Amoss to train.

Race 9

7. Blue Choice: Recent claim by Asmussen doesn’t need to improve to win this.

8. Wetlands: Big comeback race and razor sharp speed makes him a threat.

Around the Track

I recently had the chance to visit with one of the people who make the Fair Grounds work like clockwork on a daily basis — Paddock Judge Gary Palmisano, Sr. — one of the many good guys in horse racing. Working with Ray Muniz, who recently passed away, Gary is responsible for making sure horses get to the paddock on time and have the correct equipment — such as blinkers on/off so handicappers are kept in the know. A successful trainer for over 30 years Gary recorded over 350 wins and says he doesn’t miss training because he is still around the horses on a daily basis.

Best Bet

Our best bet today will be in Race 6 — No. 4 Flor de la Luna. I’ve followed this one’s career and think she can be a very good horse on turf, but today is the day to prove it at a price. Good luck and may they all come home safely.