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 14, 2010 - 02:30

A whopping $516,485 two-day Pick-6 carryover is something well worth shooting for, so let’s disperse with the preliminaries and get down to the business at hand (and the first three races offer little in the way value, anyway).

Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 01:39

A terrific program spiced by an $87,162 Pick-6 carryover begins with a maiden claimer at the abbreviated sprint distance of 5 ½ furlongs and #1 Kim’s Leading Man and #3 Blackman Bay should separate themselves from the pack in the final furlong. Kim’s Leading Man, a solid runner-up in a similar spot earlier this month, should be prominent from the rail throughout and while he’s still relatively slow on numbers the Abrams-trained sophomore should be in the thick of it throughout.

Friday, February 12, 2010 - 02:07

Today’s early daily double isn’t very enticing – it looks pretty chalky – with #1 Mikeymike having much in his favor in the first race and #1 Salty Sarah looking well-spotted to regain her winning form in the second affair. Mikeymike exits a fast, highly-rated and productive race, has returned to work sharply for Julio and drops for the money run. He should be gone on the front end. In the second race, Salty Sarah is also dropping to what should be her winning level, also continues to look sharp in morning trials, retains Gomez, and should be on or near the lead throughout.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 22:32

A very nice Pick-6 carryover awaits Thursday’s players, with $77,870 in the pool and a difficult six race scheme to attack. We’ll pass the first two races – can’t really make heads or tails out of either event – and concentrate on constructing a competitive ticket that has the potential for a huge score if the right horses click.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 23:32

A new week of racing begins following a heavy Tuesday rain storm that could cost us another day of grass racing. Fortunately, only one race is slated for the turf – the third race down the hill – so check back during the morning to see if there is a surface switch.

Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 01:37

Sunday’s Super Bowl program – featuring a Pick-6 carryover of $85,150 – hopefully will be staged, and as of this writing the chances look good. The main track reportedly was in much better condition than expected late Saturday afternoon. As for the turf course, it has drained extremely well in the past, so we’re going to operate under the assumption that the grass races will go as is. Obviously you should check back on this web site for any late scratches and surface changes.