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, October 31, 2013 - 00:30

Free general admission and a Pick-6 carryover of $439,663 make the Thursday program a “must play” day as Breeders’ Cup week begins at Santa Anita.

In the opener #1 Pure Blush and #3 Miz Wounded Knee exit the same race, with the former finishing a willing third while the latter was checking in fourth. Both are capable of winning at this level with ‘Blush the preferred of the two.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 00:37

A huge $88,698 Pick-6 carryover makes the Sunday program a “must play” for handicappers. It’s a tough sequence, though, and it would be shocking to see it carry over again.

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 21:28

A strong Saturday program begins with a $12,500 claiming sprint for 3-year-old fillies that appears made to order for #8 Julio’s Gold. She drops from an open affair to a restricted (nw-2) event and lands the cozy outside post. Pedroza should have her on or near the lead throughout. #1 Clearly Confused ran well at this level earlier this month and seems like a logical exacta partner with the favorite.

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 09:58

A nice pick-6 carryover of $46,733 adds interest to the Friday eight race program. We’re one week out from the beginning of the two-day Breeders’ Cup festival.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 11:03

The Thursday program begins with a weak early daily double; the field has been reduced to three in the second race with win wagering only. Things pick up after that.

The opener finds #5 Eltoninadress at 6/5 on the morning line and the Taylor-trained filly seems logical, though she offers no value. Second in her last pair, she moves up a notch but actually catches a weaker field today than she did when second in both of her last two outings against bottom-rung $8,000 fillies and mares. There’s not much to work with here.

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 15:52

The Sunday nine race program begins with a modest maiden claiming miler that could be won by almost anyone. #1 Crucero returns to the main claiming ranks and is a strong fit on speed figures. He should get a great trip from the rail. #3 Carlsbad Mountain switches to the main track and will take this field on the front end for as far as he can. These are the two we’ll be using; feel free to go deeper if you need to.