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, January 7, 2010 - 03:16

Yesterday’s program illustrated how a track bias can influence the outcome of a race. The track was noticeably favoring the outside lanes and the closers, so when analyzing form from yesterday you should remember to forgive the fading front-runners and downgrade the rally-widers. How will the track play today? Who knows? This is why you should to go to school during the first couple of races to see if the bias remains intact.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 13:35

Each Wednesday we’ll review key performances from the previous week, so we suggest that you print this column and store for future reference.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 10:21

Week three of the winter/spring Santa Anita season opens with a $50,000 claiming sprint for newly-turned 3-year-old fillies and #5 Yankee Romance seems very much the controlling speed. The daughter of Yankee Gentlemen had little behind her when graduating under wraps at Hollywood Park vs. the boys last month and likely will face a tad more pace pressure today. However, she’s a nice moving filly with a good work since ran, and with Rosario back aboard she figures to be a short price to score again.

Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 01:46

Sunday’s program opens with a decent starter’s allowance dash for newly-turned 3-year-olds and #4 Winter Camp – if he can slow down just a tad early – looks capable of taking this field gate to wire. Pedroza stays aboard, and the Sise-trained gelding looks ready to resume his winning ways in a field lacking in effective closers.

Friday, January 1, 2010 - 22:35

Carryover Saturday – there’s $115,261 in the Pick-6 pool after nobody tabbed six on Friday – begins with a lackluster opener that has an untrustworthy 3/5 morning line favorite in #1 Worth a Punt. First time for a tag and catching a below par field for the level, the Zucker-trained colt probably should win, but there’s hardly any value here, but none of the others look appealing. Let’s pass.

Friday, January 1, 2010 - 02:58

Santa Anita ushers in the New Year with a strong 10-race program offering plenty of attractive wagering opportunities. The popular handicapping contest Showvivor begins today and #6 In The Slips in the third race will be the selection of the great majority of contestants. She'll also be the shortest price favorite on the day, and the program’s surest winner.