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, February 18, 2010 - 02:50

The first two races on this Thursday program don’t present much in the way of value – we’re faced with small fields and a potentially very short daily double payoff – so we’ll begin our action in the third race and try our luck with rolling exotics and the Pick-6.

Monday, February 15, 2010 - 03:13

We’ll begin the President’s day program using #2 Mensa Heat and #6 Ghost Ruler in an exacta box and in all of our rolling exotics. Mensa Heat is a route-to-sprint, blinkers off play and is worth a look despite his less than impressive record over this track. He’s 4-1 on the morning line and shouldn’t go any lower. Ghost Ruler will leave from the comfortable outside post while returning to the main track and seems sure to improve with this significant drop in class and the switch to Espinoza.

Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 02:30

A whopping $516,485 two-day Pick-6 carryover is something well worth shooting for, so let’s disperse with the preliminaries and get down to the business at hand (and the first three races offer little in the way value, anyway).

Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 01:39

A terrific program spiced by an $87,162 Pick-6 carryover begins with a maiden claimer at the abbreviated sprint distance of 5 ½ furlongs and #1 Kim’s Leading Man and #3 Blackman Bay should separate themselves from the pack in the final furlong. Kim’s Leading Man, a solid runner-up in a similar spot earlier this month, should be prominent from the rail throughout and while he’s still relatively slow on numbers the Abrams-trained sophomore should be in the thick of it throughout.

Friday, February 12, 2010 - 02:07

Today’s early daily double isn’t very enticing – it looks pretty chalky – with #1 Mikeymike having much in his favor in the first race and #1 Salty Sarah looking well-spotted to regain her winning form in the second affair. Mikeymike exits a fast, highly-rated and productive race, has returned to work sharply for Julio and drops for the money run. He should be gone on the front end. In the second race, Salty Sarah is also dropping to what should be her winning level, also continues to look sharp in morning trials, retains Gomez, and should be on or near the lead throughout.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 22:32

A very nice Pick-6 carryover awaits Thursday’s players, with $77,870 in the pool and a difficult six race scheme to attack. We’ll pass the first two races – can’t really make heads or tails out of either event – and concentrate on constructing a competitive ticket that has the potential for a huge score if the right horses click.