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, April 16, 2009 - 10:08

A healthy $94,8972 carryover awaits Pick-6 players on today’s Thursday program. Hopefully we can pay for our ticket with some success in the early Daily Double.

In the 1st race, #3 Swift Demand looks well placed for a score at 3-1 on the morning line. The High Demand gelding switches to Rosario and seems to be rounding back to his best form following a solid third place effort vs. similar while earning a decent number. He should be capable of producing the last run at this abbreviated sprint trip a below par field for the level.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 23:29

The final week of the 2008-2009 season begins with a decent wagering card and we’ll kick things off using #3 Homemade Brew as a rolling exotic single in the 1st race. The Ted West-trained filly has her physical issues but always tries hard and catches a field her best can handle. Russell won on her two races back and in a field without too much early zip the daughter of Milwaukee Brew should be within easy striking range throughout.

Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 00:15

Happy Carryover Easter Sunday! More than $121,000 already is in the Pick-6 pool, and we’ll concentrate on the 4-through-9 scheme today after passing the first three “no value” events.

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 01:21

Today’s program doesn’t offer much quality and does look fairly chalky. We’ll pass the 1st race – a maiden claimer with no value – and begin our action in the 2nd race while expecting #5 My Maloof Rocker to regain her winning form. The Carava-trained filly lost a heartbreaker when nosed out vs. similar last month but certainly performed admirably and beats this field with a similar effort. She wants to be held up early and allowed to run late, and that’s exactly how Rosario rode her last time. She doesn’t have an extended run, though, and her late move needs to be timed perfectly.

Friday, April 10, 2009 - 10:50

Today’s program looks pretty chalky. Field sizes tend to reduce towards the end of the meeting and we’re seeing some of that now as the season winds down. The 1st race should be won by either #1 Personality Kid or #5 Jayden’s Hope and we’ll use both in our rolling exotics. Personality Kid, second in his last pair with solid speed figures for the level, should enjoy a good ground-saving trip from the rail, retains Solis, and won’t have to improve much to finally earn his diploma.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 09:40
In today’s baby race opener, both #3 Slewkaysa and #4 Swiss Love have displayed excellent speed in morning trials and both should come out firing in their debuts. We’ll use them both in our rolling exotics while trying to beat the experienced #1 Miss Dubai and #10 Giveme Tat Ting, both of whom ran well in their only outings but probably aren’t anything special. We can’t really get a feel for the 2nd race, so we’ll use #1 Gandolf, #5 Scottish Diamond and #6 Call On Carson in our rolling exotics and hope one of them wins.