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.

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 01:14

Well, we hit the Pick-6 again yesterday – we and anybody else who did hardly got rich – but considering how chalky the card ended up, a payoff for six winners of $1,111.00 on a $324 investment isn’t too bad. The nine consolations on the ticket (each worth $25.80) helped a bit, too.

Not much depth to the Thursday program – unless you like maiden races – so let’s try to make some sense of it all using a little skill and a lot of guesswork.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 21:56

The penultimate week of racing at Santa Anita for the 2010 winter/spring meeting begins with a $139,664 Pick-6 carryover. We’ll pass the first two races – a short field opener with two logical contenders (#4 Greenwich Park; #5 Noblety; ) and a two furlong dash for two-year-olds (#3 Leslie Rules reportedly is quick). Let’s try to construct a playable ticket for a Pick-6 scheme that looks challenging but not impossible.

Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 00:33

The Easter Sunday program opens with a maiden miler for 3-year-old fillies that offers little in the way of value. #4 Bonnie Blue Flag has the best form, but the short rest (two weeks) isn’t ideal for a 3-year-old filly and she might be vulnerable. Let’s pass and wait for better opportunities.

Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 01:32

As if this glorious 11-race Santa Anita Derby program needed a boost, there is a $98,894 Pick-6 carryover up for grabs, and the Pick-6 scheme (races 6 thru 11) looks challenging but enticing. Let’s see if we can pay for our ticket with some early success on what potentially is the best gambling card of the season.

Friday, April 2, 2010 - 01:40

Yesterday was a good day – a strict adherence to the wagering guidelines in this column produced a $4,262.80 Pick-6 payoff (plus an additional nine “cons” at $62.80) from an investment of $432.00. Not exactly life changing, but we’ll take it. Today’s card is nothing like yesterday’s – or tomorrow’s, which is terrific – so we’ll just have to pick our spots, play conservatively and await Derby Day (and with 40,000 or more expected in attendance tomorrow, be sure to leave for the track early, first post is noon).

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 22:19

A juicy Pick-6 carryover of $74,482 awaits players on April Fools Thursday and the scheme looks challenging but playable. We’ll attack the Pick-6 with confidence - not foolishness - but probably won’t have much chance to build a bankroll beforehand because the early daily double looks rather unappealing.