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, April 25, 2014 - 23:35

It’s Gold Rush Day at Santa Anita on Saturday with an 11-race program featuring several good races for California-breds. First post is 1:00 p.m. There’s a $61,540 Pick-6 carryover (races 6 thru 11).

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 10:05

The first-ever spring season of racing at Santa Anita begins today with an eight race program and a late first post of 3 p.m.

Southern California-based two-year-olds get their first opportunity in the opener, a four and one-half furlong sprint for state-bred fillies. #2 City Ride and #5 Robo Girl reportedly have done some good work in the morning and look like the ones to beat. We’ll use both in our rolling exotics with slight preference going to Robo Girl.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 21:54

The Easter Sunday program offers a nine race program and mandatory payouts in the Pick-5, the Pick-6 and the Super High 5.

The opener is pretty much unplayable; #4 Wine Country Wanda was eight lengths clear of the rest when second in a similar spot last month and is listed at 2/5 on the morning line. Use her as a rolling exotic single if you’d like, or simply pass the race.

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 23:43

Racing resumes after a six day break (seems like longer!) with a strong program offering a number of attractive wagering opportunities.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 20:35

The Sunday program begins with a $20,000 claiming miler that should be won by either #3 Bluegrass Reward or #4 Prime Issue and both are worth using in rolling exotic play. The former is solid in the speed figure department and likes this track, while the latter is a sharp Bay Area invader with plenty of zip and will take them as far as he can.

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 20:26

A nice Pick-6 carryover of $54,472awaits Saturday players on an excellent nine race program.

In the opener, #2 Divine Way resurfaces for $16,000 on the one-level drop following a Diodoro claim, so her condition is a question and she loses Bejarano. However, even without the healthiest of patterns she is good enough off her best effort to warrant consideration. #4 Time for Angie is a huge class dropper (from $50,000) but retains Bejarano so perhaps she may be a tad more trustworthy. At any rate, this is not a race we’re planning to play with any degree of confidence.