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.

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 11:54

The Sunday opener is a maiden $40,000 claimer that drew six entrants, including the two logical contenders, #2 Fast Moka Too and #3 Jetbird. Away since April of 2012 but training well enough to expect a top effort, the Ellis-trained Fast Moka Too makes her first start on conventional dirt and has only one way to go, on the front end for as far as she can take them. Jetbird should be pressing the issue as well, and in her first start for a tag, the Pender-trained filly will appreciate the class drop. However, they’re the two favorites so this race might be best left alone.

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 23:15

An excellent Saturday program starts off slowly but picks up steam, offering several attractive wagering opportunities later on the card. #1 Salsita is 4/5 on the morning line in the opener and probably should win, though she’s hardly trustworthy, having just failed as the favorite in a slightly tougher maiden claimer. We’ll pass the race and let her win.

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:44

The Friday program begins typically with an early daily double comprised of two light fields.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:13

We begin the Thursday with an early daily double comprised of two six runner fields. In the opener #6 Addendum exits a tough starter’s allowance field and shows up for a tag today; the Cerin-trained mare is most effective in extended sprints and gets ideal conditions today. We’ll also toss in #1 Ghost N Your Heart, a winner of a third of her 18 career starts and a contender despite her low profile connections.

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:58

A Pick-6 carryover of $119,278 makes the Santa Anita President’s Day Monday program a “must play.”

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 11:54

A strong Sunday program starts with a better than average turf miler affair for older maidens. #6 Snaps showed some ability last year but today makes his first start since joining the Richard Mandella barn, and has trained like a much improved type of late. He also has the “blinkers off” angle working for him. We like him on top but in rolling exotic play we’ll also include #5 Scarly Charly, improving with racing, adding blinkers for the first time, and switching to Smith.