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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 10:12
Trainer Julio Canani rarely has the opportunity to train young talent but he’s got a gem of a prospect in Miss Silver Brook, a $600,000 2-year-old in training purchase who made her debut in Sunday’s 6th race and could not have been more breathtaking. A strong, powerful filly with plenty of scope, she’s a daughter of Cozzene from a Turkoman mare and thus is bred to run as far as fillies are asked to. Yet, she was precocious enough to graduate sprinting in as visually impressive a performance as you’ll likely see from any maiden filly this meeting.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 23:11
Nothing of value in the 1st race, with #4 Uncle Jeep listed at 4/5 on the morning line. He should win – he has nothing to beat, really – but the Mike Mitchell-trained gelding already has failed as the choice in three straight races, so do you trust him?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 17:51
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 17:50
Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 21:58
The card looks fairly chalky early on. In the first race #4 Superfecta is 9/5 on the morning line and likely will go lower. The West-trained gelding should appreciate this shortened sprint trip and can make amends for his recent runner up effort at 3/5 across town. If you’re playing the early daily double, focus on #2 Plug Me In and #5 Trimaran in the second race. The former ran like a short horse in his recent comeback and was victimized by a slow pace; he’ll be sharper and tougher today with the return to the high priced claiming ranks while retaining Bejarano.
Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 07:10
The advice I have to offer for $1.2 million triple carryover Pick-6 players today is simple. Don’t worry about the big syndicates and the big tickets, just concern yourself about how much you can afford to invest, find a couple of a singles, and then go hit the thing.