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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 21:34

Wednesday's opener is a modest $50,000 maiden claimer that might be best left alone. #5 Swiss Currency, #3 Big Bad Boo and #1 Sky’squickscore all exit straight maiden events but none have done enough to inspire confidence even at this level. Of the three, Swiss Currency may have the most upside. #6 Good Turn is a first timer with a couple of bullet works to his credit but hasn’t really impressed the private clockers. And #4 Swiss Emperor has speed breeding and solid connections but really hasn’t shown much gate zip in the morning. Might be best to go with the usher’s tip in this one.

Monday, December 28, 2009 - 00:29

Monday’s program doesn’t have the quality of the first two days of racing at Santa Anita – how could it? – but there’s money to be made and we’re going to try to get our share. We’re passing the eighth race which precludes our participation in the Pick-6 and late Pick-4, so let’s hope we can tab a couple of those early rolling Pick-3’s to make the day worthwhile.

Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 01:58

On opening day yesterday the main track played pretty much like expected – an edge to closers with the outside lanes slightly preferred. Malibu Stakes winner M One Rifle did win gate-to-wire with a relatively soft trip on the front end, but the player should continue to promote the stalkers and closers and slightly favor those leaving from an outside post.

Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 01:28

Santa Anita’s 75th anniversary season begins with a stellar 10-race program that offers plenty of rolling exotic value. The Pro Ride surface generally offers the closers a bit of an advantage, especially in races with contested speed, so don’t be afraid to back a late runner and you just might get a nice price doing just that.

Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 00:28

Closing day presents a challenging program and since there’s a mandatory payoff in the Pick-6 we might as well take a swing at it.

Friday, April 17, 2009 - 09:34

The 1st race is an inscrutable state bred maiden race for fillies and mares at a mile on turf. Every starter has at least one reason to improve dramatically (or regress). Pass.

The 2nd race should be won by #3 Kalookan Event, but he’s 8/5 on the morning line and is likely to go lower. Beaten a neck in a similar spot last month while earning a very strong Beyer figure (87) for the level, the Headley-trained gelding need only run back to that race today to regain his winning form.