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 30, 2014 - 11:07

The Thursday eight-race program begins with a six-runner claimer over a mile on turf. #3 Mega Heat returns to his favorite surface and we’re expecting him to return to winning form. He’s been sparingly raced of late and certainly has his issues but there’s no panicky drop so we’re assuming he’s okay. #6 Anythingscookin is a need-the-lead type and if he can get that kind of trip without undue pressure he could take this field a long way.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 22:31

A massive $430,875 Pick-6 Carryover makes Sunday’s card a “must play” and the sequence (races 4 through 9) appears manageable. Let’s dive in.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 12:05

A $74,221 Pick-6 carryover highlights a terrific 10-race, stakes dominated Saturday program that begins early with a Noon first post.

Debuting #1 Well Mannered has trained well enough to win at first asking in the opener, a maiden state-bred sprint. Miller has an outstanding record with debut runners and this gelding has worked like he’s fit and ready. In a below par field for the level, the son of Benchmark figures to be a short price.

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 09:07

The first two races on Friday’s program contain no-value short priced morning line favorites that look hard to deny. #4 Corinthian Melody (3/5) tries to graduate in her 11th career start in the opener and will never get an easier spot; we’d like to try to beat her but with what? In the second race, #4 Dance With Fate (4/5) exits three consecutive Grade-1 races while dropping into a first-level allowance affair in his sophomore debut and should out class the field. #3 Flagman might provide a threat if he gets the patient ride he needs from Talamo.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 05:53

A massive $419,541 Pick-6 Carryover awaits players on a challenging Thursday program.

The first two races look chalky. #1 Sergeant O’Rourke returns to the claiming ranks in the opener and seems well-spotted to regain her winning form. She scored in her only start over this main track during the autumn meeting, has steadily improving speed figures, switches to Bejarano, and continues to look sharp in the morning for Miller. If she breaks cleanly from the rail the daughter of Forestry should be able to justify her favorite’s role.

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 01:08

A $92,243 Pick-6 carryover adds plenty of incentive to a strong Monday holiday program.

The opener, a middle distance claimer for fillies and mares, appears to have two main contenders, #1 Sister Glady Oh and #5 Amulay. The former drops to a realistic level, stretches out again and is overdue to regain her winning form. The latter has been popular at the claim box recently and could be dangerous if she can establish the pace without undue pressure.