Horse Racing Tips from a Top Race Handicapper

Horse owner, breeder and HRTV analyst Jeff Siegel also happens to be Southern California's premier handicapper. Check his blog each day before you play!

Handicapping, in short, refers to analyzing the race to come up with best predicted outcome, or pick. There are many angles when it comes to picking a winner. Using some of the help from the professional handicappers below, you can determine your own angle on placing a bet. For more information on how to bet or wager, click here.

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 10:53

The Friday program begins with as five-runner bottom-rung router that looks made to order for Bay Area shipper #1 War Politics. He likes the Santa Anita main track, has winning connections, a comfortable inside post and recent speed figures that are better than par. #2 Londinium went on the vet’s list following his most recent victory but he’s trained well since and seems like a logical exacta partner with War Politics.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 10:32

Big ‘Cap week begins with a decent Thursday program that offers a couple of rolling exotic single possibilities.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 00:08

The main track very likely will be something less than fast for the Sunday program and there will be no turf racing.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 12:19

A $72,912 Pick-6 carryover awaits players on a Saturday program that will be conducted over a very wet but probably very fast, sealed racetrack.

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:55

A wet Friday – heavy rain is expected throughout the day – makes the eight race program especially challenging, since many of the entrants have little to no form over wet surfaces.

The opener, a modest middle distance claimer restricted to 3-year-olds, should be won by the class-dropping Runaway Que at a short price. The Mullins-trained gelding has excellent off-track breeding on his dam’s side, and recent speed figures that are more than good enough to win at this level.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:47

A pick-6 carryover of $198,609 looks quite enticing as Santa Anita begins another week of racing with a challenging eight race program over a track that took a considerable amount of overnight rain. Pay close attention to the early races to see if any track bias might exist.