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, April 5, 2009 - 09:53
We’re going to pick our spots today, sitting out a few races while trying to focus on those events with the best value. In the 2nd race, a downhill turf sprint, we’ll zero in on the two Mitchell-trained runners, #1 Stretchinthelimits and #2 Bagels N Bones in an exacta box. Stretchinthelimits has winning connections, consistent recent speed figures and a pedigree that should allow her to handle the lawn.
Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 01:24
A spectacular 11-race Santa Anita Derby program begins early (noon post) with a competitive maiden claimer that has four main contenders. #3 Latego Light, a route to sprint play following a brief freshening for Eurton, fits on figures and should be very dangerous from off the pace. #5 Runway Starlet was beaten as the choice in a similar spot last time out but she’s another who warrants a look based on her numbers and may deserve one more look.
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.

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.
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.

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.