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

1. Mr Erin: Has found a level where he is competitive again.

4, Yonaguskas Storm: Has won three of six at this racetrack.

second race

7. Eskenformore: Bred well for turf on the sire and dam side.

2. Stackoleena: After being well bet in first two now tries turf.

third race

3. My Friend Flavin: Showed signs last year of being nice horse and won big in last.

6. Sir Tiz: Just missed by a nose in last at this level in good effort.

fourth race

6. Noncommital: Has run well on dirt but tries turf now for connections.

3. Euroboss: Expect some improvement out of this one off nice debut.

fifth race

5. Eclat: Expect improvement from this one who ran behind a nice horse last out.

7. Double Dare: Clearly the horse to beat off first two outings.

sixth race

4. Purely Boy: HOrse had no shot in last in off the turf event at Gulfstream.

11. Trend: Gets leading rider Florent Geroux and has run well over the grass.

seventh race

2. Harlan Punch: Huge race behind one of the Ky Derby favorites in last.

4. Dolphus: A gate scratch out of the Lecomte finds easier company.

eighth race — Keith Gee Memorial Stakes.

5. Wild Man: Beat some nice ones two back and gets back on track here.

9. Sheikh of Sheikhs: Stakes winner attracts Rosario for this turf attempt.

  • inth race

6. Runmaker: Made a big run against a bias early in the meet finds winner circle today.

3. Great Wit: Second time out for Stall after good debut run at the level.

TENTH race

5. North Hullen: The move back to the dirt might be the key to better effort.

10. Chop Chop Tyler: Has had a bunch of chances but can surprise here.

Around the Track

The Keith Gee Memorial Stakes is run for the first time today to remember the great work and life of Keith Gee who passed away last year from cancer. Keith, a respected handicapper of the horses, was the executive director of the horsemen’s association and a lifelong racing and Saints fan. Keith worked tirelessly to represent the interests of horseman and the racing fans before the legislature to improve horse racing in Louisiana. Keith Gee’s larger than life presence at the racetrack and off the racetrack are missed.

Best Bet

Our best bet today will be in Race 9 — No. 6 Runmaker. Made what looked like a winning run in first race but came up short that day. Good luck and may they all come home safely.