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, October 18, 2013 - 23:07
A massive $230,199 Pick-6 carryover adds considerable intrigue to a challenging nine race Saturday program.

The opener doesn’t offer much unless you’re trainer Peter Miller, who saddles two of the five starters in this maiden $75,000 claiming sprint for juveniles. Both fillies - #1 Red Barris and #3 Sergeant O’Rourke – have done enough good work in the morning to indicate ability and both probably should be included in rolling exotic play. Suffice to say there are better opportunities later on in the program.
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:31

A pick-6 carryover of $43,180 awaits players on a solid Friday eight race program.

The opener should showcase #5 Dragon Dance as a short priced favorite. Well-beaten in his debut in an extremely hot straight maiden race at Del Mar in August, the Sadler-trained colt takes a monumental class drop to the maiden $30,000 level while continuing to show ability in the morning. Bejarano takes over.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:47

The Thursday program begins with a pair of light races that lack true wagering value. The better opportunities come later in the program.

In the opener, #5 Sassy Suances plummets in class and will be a short price if healthy. Trouble is, all three of her victories have come in gate-to-wire fashion and #6 Sugar Spice is quick enough to prevent that from happening. Tread lightly here.

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 11:08

A massive $430,034 double Pick-6 carryover makes the special Columbus Day program a “must play” for handicappers.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 10:45

A good Sunday nine race program is made more interesting by a $91,551 Pick-6 carryover.

The opener offers a 2/5 morning line favorite in the comebacking #6 Blonde Fog. A 12 length maiden winner in her debut and then second in the Gr. 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes last year, she returns off a long layoff for Baffert with a solid work tab, but offers no value in what appears to be an unplayable race, unless you think you can beat her. We’ll sit it out.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 09:52

An excellent Saturday program begins with a mile maiden turf affair that brings out a short priced morning line (7/5) favorite, #3 Cervaro. The Sadler-trained sophomore exits a hot race and although he was beaten as the choice in that affair, he deserves another chance as a logical rolling exotic single.