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, February 21, 2010 - 10:51

Sunday’s program begins with a soft maiden claimer for older fillies and mares and we’ll use #2 Irish Pepper and #8 Champagneandlilies in an exacta box and in our early rolling exotics. Irish Pepper is the best of the known element, having finished in the money in each of her last four starts and is clearly overdue for a win. She’s soft on numbers, but retains Bejarano and should be in the thick of things again. Champagneandlilies, originally purchased for $32o,000 as a yearling, debuts at the bottom so obviously she’s had her problems.

Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 10:49

The rains came overnight and of this writing we’re unsure if the races will remain on turf. We’ll handicap for grass, and keep our figures crossed.

Friday, February 19, 2010 - 02:47

The Friday program begins with a rolling exotic single - #2 Tallahsocean. Beaten recently by a head in a strong race for the level, the Hess-trained mare retains Bejarano, has the closing style that should be perfectly suited for this extended sprint trip, and can be expected to fire another big shot given the patient ride she needs. Genuine and consistent, the daughter of Ocean Sound has finished first or second in 7 of 13 career starts.

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 13:38

Here’s the latest list of key performances covering the most recent 10 days of racing at Santa Anita:

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 02:50

The first two races on this Thursday program don’t present much in the way of value – we’re faced with small fields and a potentially very short daily double payoff – so we’ll begin our action in the third race and try our luck with rolling exotics and the Pick-6.

Monday, February 15, 2010 - 03:13

We’ll begin the President’s day program using #2 Mensa Heat and #6 Ghost Ruler in an exacta box and in all of our rolling exotics. Mensa Heat is a route-to-sprint, blinkers off play and is worth a look despite his less than impressive record over this track. He’s 4-1 on the morning line and shouldn’t go any lower. Ghost Ruler will leave from the comfortable outside post while returning to the main track and seems sure to improve with this significant drop in class and the switch to Espinoza.