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.

Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 01:46

Sunday’s program opens with a decent starter’s allowance dash for newly-turned 3-year-olds and #4 Winter Camp – if he can slow down just a tad early – looks capable of taking this field gate to wire. Pedroza stays aboard, and the Sise-trained gelding looks ready to resume his winning ways in a field lacking in effective closers.

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Friday, January 1, 2010 - 22:35

Carryover Saturday – there’s $115,261 in the Pick-6 pool after nobody tabbed six on Friday – begins with a lackluster opener that has an untrustworthy 3/5 morning line favorite in #1 Worth a Punt. First time for a tag and catching a below par field for the level, the Zucker-trained colt probably should win, but there’s hardly any value here, but none of the others look appealing. Let’s pass.

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Friday, January 1, 2010 - 02:58

Santa Anita ushers in the New Year with a strong 10-race program offering plenty of attractive wagering opportunities. The popular handicapping contest Showvivor begins today and #6 In The Slips in the third race will be the selection of the great majority of contestants. She'll also be the shortest price favorite on the day, and the program’s surest winner.

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Friday, January 1, 2010 - 02:58

Santa Anita ushers in the New Year with a strong 10-race program offering plenty of attractive wagering opportunities. The popular handicapping contest Showvivor begins today and #6 In The Slips will be the selection of the great majority of contestants. She'll also be the shortest price favorite on the day, and the program’s surest winner.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 01:48

The final racing program for 2009 kicks off with a $25,000 claimer for juveniles and appears ideally suited for the class dropping #4 Cat Calloway. Unplaced in his last pair against subsequent stakes winner Caracortado, the Polanco-trained colt is realistically spotted and has little to beat. If he handles the extra ground – and he should – Cat Calloway should regain his winning form.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 21:34

Wednesday's opener is a modest $50,000 maiden claimer that might be best left alone. #5 Swiss Currency, #3 Big Bad Boo and #1 Sky’squickscore all exit straight maiden events but none have done enough to inspire confidence even at this level. Of the three, Swiss Currency may have the most upside. #6 Good Turn is a first timer with a couple of bullet works to his credit but hasn’t really impressed the private clockers. And #4 Swiss Emperor has speed breeding and solid connections but really hasn’t shown much gate zip in the morning. Might be best to go with the usher’s tip in this one.

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