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 31, 2013 - 23:16
Happy New Year! And Happy Birthday to all of the thoroughbreds in the Northern Hemisphere!

Today’s opener offers little in the way of value; #4 Glad’s Gals just broke her maiden by more than 12 lengths with a good figure and anything close to that effort will land her in the winner’s circle right back. However, she’s 4/5 on the morning line so there’s not much we can do with her except single her in rolling exotic play.
Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:39

The Sunday opener is a straight maiden state-bred juvenile filly dash that sets up well for a fresh face. #5 Made to Worship has done some good work in the morning for Hollendorfer and while she’s probably no world beater the daughter of Minister’s Wild Cat won’t have to be. #8 Shakeitupbetty may be the best of the previous runners; she closed with interest in her debut and has plenty of room to improve off that effort.

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 22:17

A strong Saturday program features two good stakes races and a number of excellent wagering opportunities.

In the opener, #3 Tiz Dynamic looks well-spotted by Baltas and should fire his best shot. The Tiznow gelding loves the Santa Anita main track, has trained quite well for his first start since Del Mar and beat a similar field two races back. We like him on top but in rolling exotic play we’ll also toss in #4 Ezio, a recent Belvoir claim (25% with a flat-bet profit with this angle) with a winning spirit (six for 11 lifetime).

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 11:13

A Pick-6 carryover of $118,415 makes the Friday program especially enticing. The program begins slowly with a pair of five runner fields but picks up noticeably thereafter.

The opener offers little in the way of value, with #2 Kylee’s Star and #4 I’m Not Patsy expected to attract the majority of the money. 'Patsy probably deserves top billing after a decent third place effort in a similar spot during the autumn season and the works since then seem decent enough for a bottom-rung maiden claimer. But she’s 7/5 on the morning line and there are better opportunities later on.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 21:38

The 2013-14 Santa Anita winter/spring season begins with a solid nine race program that includes three stakes, two of which are Grade-1’s. There’s a half-million dollar guarantee pick-4 beginning with the sixth race.

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 00:42

Closing day has mandatory payoffs in all of the rolling exotics and will start early at 12 Noon due to the reinstitution of Daylight Savings.

The opener is a highly contentious starter’s allowance affair with three main contenders. #1 Muchos Besos has been facing tougher lately and should rebound at this level. He’s especially fond of the Santa Anita main track and has been sharp in the morning lately. #7 Half Dome Dude is in good form and has the proper style for this extended sprint trip. #10 Big Wags is tough at any distance.