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.

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 23:52

The Sunday opener finds big class dropper #1 He’s Not too Shabby as the 8/5 morning line favorite. He’ll win if he has one good one left but this type of play is a loser in the long run. #4 Change of Plan moves up a notch on the claiming scale but chased older foes last time and today faces only 4-year-olds, so he should be competitive, especially considering the enormous break in the weights. These are the two we’d consider for rolling exotic play.

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 12:08

The Saturday Santa Anita program includes a guaranteed $150,000 Pick-6 pool for races five through nine.

Friday, January 3, 2014 - 11:38
The Friday program begins with a short-priced standout, #2 Artemis. The Empire Maker filly has the classic two-sprints-and-a-stretch out pattern plus rising speed figures and a pedigree that suggests she’ll be a whole lot more effective over a route of ground. On paper she looks odds-on.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 11:39

There’s a $71,475 Pick-6 carryover to spice up an eight-race Thursday program.

The opener looks chalky, to say the least. #3 Electric Eddie remains a maiden but has placed in two hundred-granders and looks head-and-shoulders the best over a modest band, hence his 2/5 morning line odds. #2 Oh Billy Billy may provide whatever competition there is; the Baffert-trained colt continues to impress in the morning and almost certainly is much better than his fading-fourth sprint debut indicates. The son of Unusual Heat seems like a logical exacta partner with ‘Eddie.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 23:16
Happy New Year! And Happy Birthday to all of the thoroughbreds in the Northern Hemisphere!

Today’s opener offers little in the way of value; #4 Glad’s Gals just broke her maiden by more than 12 lengths with a good figure and anything close to that effort will land her in the winner’s circle right back. However, she’s 4/5 on the morning line so there’s not much we can do with her except single her in rolling exotic play.
Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:39

The Sunday opener is a straight maiden state-bred juvenile filly dash that sets up well for a fresh face. #5 Made to Worship has done some good work in the morning for Hollendorfer and while she’s probably no world beater the daughter of Minister’s Wild Cat won’t have to be. #8 Shakeitupbetty may be the best of the previous runners; she closed with interest in her debut and has plenty of room to improve off that effort.