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 2, 2009 - 23:59
We usually don’t like to pat ourselves on the back, but if you checked with this blog yesterday you most likely nailed the late Pick-4 on a $24 ticket that wound up paying $258.10. These rolling exotic payoffs can be volatile, but when two of the winners in the four-race scheme are bet down to 4/5 and even money, you can’t really expect much. However yesterday we got plenty.

There’s no value in the Friday opener and we’ll sit it out, while the 2nd race isn’t much better.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 09:16
The baby race looks fairly competitive and a number of these have shown some keen ability in the morning. #4 Happy Hedger has been burning up the track with a series of extremely quick drills and should come out smoking. #6 Coo Cachoo acts like he’s got plenty of zip and trainer Blake Heap, an assistant to Wesley Ward, knows how to crank ‘em up. #11 County Madam is bred to be a rocket ship (Gibson County) and is another whose a.m. drills indicate extreme speed.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 01:16
Today’s opener is a two-furlong baby dash and reportedly the quickest of the quick are #13 Swiss Love; #14 County Madam, and #12 Kitty in the Bag. The first two are on the also-eligible list and if they don’t draw in, ‘Bag will be forced to leave from the extreme outside post, certainly not a ideal spot for a first time starter. Proceed with caution.

The 2nd race should boil down to #2 Wood Art and #6 Welken.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 22:46
The early portion of the Sunday program doesn’t look particularly appealing. In the 2nd race, #5 Position A seems worth a straight play at 5/2 on the morning line while making his first start since late December. The Mandella-trained colt has trained like he’s fit and ready and should enjoy this downhill turf course. He switches to Bejarano and figures to be on or near the lead throughout.
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Friday, March 27, 2009 - 22:28
The Saturday opener is a good downhill turf dash that should be dominated by #1 Ashton Girl and #6 Surfer Girl. The former has proven form over the course and is the one to beat; however she’s a non-winner in this country (1-for-10 lifetime) and probably will be a short price. Surfer Girl has been impressive in morning workouts leading up to her U.S. debut and this Brazilian-bred filly owned in part by Jim Rome looks cranked up for a big try first crack out of the box.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 20:46
Today’s opener matches #1 Distinctive Afleet and #3 Lunch Time as the two most logical contenders and either one can win. Distinctive Afleet is shortening up in trip and we’re not keen about the rail, but the Ellis-trained gelding should be part of the pace in a field that doesn’t have a whole lot of zip in it. Lunch Time, likewise a route to sprint play, drops a notch and should be very effective in this elongated sprint. The Walsh-trained gelding is strictly the one to beat.
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