Met Mile Million Dollar Finish Picks: Michael Beychok

NHC Tour champion Michael Beychok makes his picks for the Met Mile:

The Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap or Met Mile is a puzzle to solve. The good news is that any horse you pick is going to have some nice odds. The bad news is that there a lot of horses that can win.

I landed on a horse that is coming off a rather big effort off a layoff but has proven the one mile distance is right up his alley — Shakin It Up. While he has never attempted the mile distance he looks like a pure miler and the distance is perfect for his running style. In his last, he lost to Central Banker while giving that one conditioning and some weight. He has trained well out of the effort and gets Rosie Napravnik to pilot and she and Bob Baffert are an astounding 47% winners together. Best of all, Shakin It Up should be 6-1 or better.

Underneath Shakin It Up I will be using, in no particular order, Palace Malice, Goldencents, Moreno, Clearly Now and Normandy Invasion. Palace Malice drew a terrible post for his style and is forced to send or sit back and chance a boxed in situation. Goldencents is very live in this heat coming off a layoff and I respect his speed and he could try to run them off their feet early. Moreno has proven versatility and a nice foundation. Clearly Now is always around at the finish of these Grade 1 sprint races and Normandy Invasion has run two very fast races this year.

My selections are:

13 - Shakin It Up
4 - Goldencents
9 - Normandy Invasion
10 - Clearly Now
1 - Palace Malice
5 - Moreno
12 - Romansh
2 - Vyjack
7 - Capo Bastone
8 - Declans Warrior
11 - Broadway Empire
3 - Scary Charly

Michael Beychok, a political consultant from Baton Rouge, La., won the 2012 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, where he collected the grand prize of $1 million and an Eclipse Award as Handicapper of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @beychokracing.