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.

Friday, February 20, 2009 - 23:48
Friday, February 20, 2009 - 23:47
Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 22:44
The early Daily Double figures to produce a short payoff no matter who wins the 1st race. #6 One Vote looks good on paper but has been suspect under pressure in the final furlong, always backing up from the stretch call to the finish. However, his numbers are rising and this shortening up in trip could help. #9 Belongs to Gotham switches to Gomez and should be a pace presser outside throughout. He’ll be making just his third career start and may have more improvement in him than One Vote. Either one could win.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 18:18
Today’s 1st race offers little value and qualifies as a “pass.” #3 Third Dawn has failed twice as the choice and could finally break through with a winning effort, but she’ll be a short price on the tote board. #5 Saint Cindy has improving speed figures and actually finished ahead of ‘Dawn in their common race Jan. 23 but she’s also a seven race maiden.
Monday, February 16, 2009 - 08:53
We’ll have no turf racing today with Southern California being drenched by heavy rains. Still, we have a good card for President’s Day with most of my better plays coming later in the program.
Saturday, February 14, 2009 - 19:10
We’ve got yet another carryover in the Pick-6, with $145,478 already in Sunday’s pool. I have no idea what the record is for carryovers in one season, but whatever is, it will be broken this year.