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, January 24, 2010 - 00:25

The main track was in surprisingly good shape yesterday after the week-long heavy rains and seemed to be bias free. There was no turf racing, but for this writing we’re going to assume that the races will remain on grass for the Sunday program.

Friday, January 22, 2010 - 22:25

Racing resumes on Saturday at Santa Anita following two days of closure due to the severe weather that dropped more than seven inches of rain on the main track this week. It’s anybody’s guess how the surface will play and whether it will contain any type of bias, so the best advice to observe and evaluate during the early portion of the program to determine whether your original selections will need adjusting.

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 00:58

The rains came Sunday afternoon and haven’t stopped. In fact, it’s supposed to be a very wet week, so it’s possible that we’ll have little or no turf racing in the next few days. As of this writing, the races remain on turf for the Monday program, but that could, and probably will, change.

Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 10:51

Yesterday’s late pick-4 – which we recommended to play with a mere $24 ticket – returned $1,920.70 and followers of this column easily could have had it multiple times. As for the Pick-6, no I didn’t play it, but if anybody had the good sense to construct a ticket using only the horses I mentioned in the column (that ticket would have cost $384), they would have hit the Pick-6. The payoff: $363,860. Okay, that's yesterday's news, what about today?

Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 10:57

Saturday’s Pick-6 Carryover - $69,998 – looks well worth attacking on a deep and competitive 9-race card that features three graded stakes races.

Friday, January 15, 2010 - 10:37

Friday’s opener looks well designed for #5 Milyone to earn his diploma in his sixth career start. The John Shirreffs-trained horse adds blinkers for the first time, and on paper clearly appears to be the controlling speed in this nine furlong turf affair. He’s never been one to give much off the bridle, but in a field lacking in effective closers, he might establish a comfortable early lead and simply keep on going. Espinoza rides him back.