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.
Real nice day yesterday and those who used the horses we mentioned in the early Pick-4 (races 1-4) cashed for $682.80 while spending only $27.00. A number of rolling daily doubles and Pick-3s throughout the day made it one of the more profitable afternoons of the season for followers of this column. Let’s see what we can do on Friday.
Wednesday’s program begins with a maiden claiming sprint for 3-year-old fillies and #9 Pat Olcott should be a short price to win it. Second in both of her last two starts with numbers that would be good enough to beat this field, the daughter of More Than Ready lands the comfortably outside post, gets a break in the weights with the switch to Reyes and should be the controlling speed.
The main track was in surprisingly good shape yesterday after the week-long heavy rains and seemed to be bias free. There was no turf racing, but for this writing we’re going to assume that the races will remain on grass for the Sunday program.
Racing resumes on Saturday at Santa Anita following two days of closure due to the severe weather that dropped more than seven inches of rain on the main track this week. It’s anybody’s guess how the surface will play and whether it will contain any type of bias, so the best advice to observe and evaluate during the early portion of the program to determine whether your original selections will need adjusting.