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 30, 2010 - 21:55

A good Sunday program begins with a $20,000 claiming dash that pretty much boils down to the two morning line favorites, #1 Spot the Diplomat and #2 Capt. Sparrow. The one to beat is Spot the Diplomat, who was blocked badly and lost his chance when trying to make a winning move vs. slightly stronger earlier this month, and if secures clear sailing today he’ll be tough to deny late. Capt. Sparrow exits a tougher race but is still well above his claim level, a solid endorsement from Carava who generally runs his stock where they can win.

Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 02:17

A strong and challenging 11 race program on Sunshine Millions Day begins with a $25,000 restricted claiming dash for fillies and mares, and both #3 Yodelady O and #7 Joint Agreement have credentials to win, but neither appear trustworthy. The former hasn't won since 2008 while the latter, comfortably placed outside and exiting a productive heat, is just 1-for-18 overall and simply doesn’t appear to have a winning punch. Let’s pass.

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 23:14

Real nice day yesterday and those who used the horses we mentioned in the early Pick-4 (races 1-4) cashed for $682.80 while spending only $27.00. A number of rolling daily doubles and Pick-3s throughout the day made it one of the more profitable afternoons of the season for followers of this column. Let’s see what we can do on Friday.

Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 00:37

Thursday’s card is no piece of cake – as if some of them are – but it does present the potential from a few lucrative rolling exotic plays, so let’s dive in and see what happens.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 01:21

Wednesday’s program begins with a maiden claiming sprint for 3-year-old fillies and #9 Pat Olcott should be a short price to win it. Second in both of her last two starts with numbers that would be good enough to beat this field, the daughter of More Than Ready lands the comfortably outside post, gets a break in the weights with the switch to Reyes and should be the controlling speed.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 12:54

The following are key performances covering the most recent seven days of racing at Santa Anita: