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 28, 2014 - 10:55

A wet Friday – heavy rain is expected throughout the day – makes the eight race program especially challenging, since many of the entrants have little to no form over wet surfaces.

The opener, a modest middle distance claimer restricted to 3-year-olds, should be won by the class-dropping Runaway Que at a short price. The Mullins-trained gelding has excellent off-track breeding on his dam’s side, and recent speed figures that are more than good enough to win at this level.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:47

A pick-6 carryover of $198,609 looks quite enticing as Santa Anita begins another week of racing with a challenging eight race program over a track that took a considerable amount of overnight rain. Pay close attention to the early races to see if any track bias might exist.

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 11:54

The Sunday opener is a maiden $40,000 claimer that drew six entrants, including the two logical contenders, #2 Fast Moka Too and #3 Jetbird. Away since April of 2012 but training well enough to expect a top effort, the Ellis-trained Fast Moka Too makes her first start on conventional dirt and has only one way to go, on the front end for as far as she can take them. Jetbird should be pressing the issue as well, and in her first start for a tag, the Pender-trained filly will appreciate the class drop. However, they’re the two favorites so this race might be best left alone.

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 23:15

An excellent Saturday program starts off slowly but picks up steam, offering several attractive wagering opportunities later on the card. #1 Salsita is 4/5 on the morning line in the opener and probably should win, though she’s hardly trustworthy, having just failed as the favorite in a slightly tougher maiden claimer. We’ll pass the race and let her win.

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:44

The Friday program begins typically with an early daily double comprised of two light fields.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 11:13

We begin the Thursday with an early daily double comprised of two six runner fields. In the opener #6 Addendum exits a tough starter’s allowance field and shows up for a tag today; the Cerin-trained mare is most effective in extended sprints and gets ideal conditions today. We’ll also toss in #1 Ghost N Your Heart, a winner of a third of her 18 career starts and a contender despite her low profile connections.