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.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 11:03

The Thursday program begins with a weak early daily double; the field has been reduced to three in the second race with win wagering only. Things pick up after that.

The opener finds #5 Eltoninadress at 6/5 on the morning line and the Taylor-trained filly seems logical, though she offers no value. Second in her last pair, she moves up a notch but actually catches a weaker field today than she did when second in both of her last two outings against bottom-rung $8,000 fillies and mares. There’s not much to work with here.

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 15:52

The Sunday nine race program begins with a modest maiden claiming miler that could be won by almost anyone. #1 Crucero returns to the main claiming ranks and is a strong fit on speed figures. He should get a great trip from the rail. #3 Carlsbad Mountain switches to the main track and will take this field on the front end for as far as he can. These are the two we’ll be using; feel free to go deeper if you need to.

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 23:07
A massive $230,199 Pick-6 carryover adds considerable intrigue to a challenging nine race Saturday program.

The opener doesn’t offer much unless you’re trainer Peter Miller, who saddles two of the five starters in this maiden $75,000 claiming sprint for juveniles. Both fillies - #1 Red Barris and #3 Sergeant O’Rourke – have done enough good work in the morning to indicate ability and both probably should be included in rolling exotic play. Suffice to say there are better opportunities later on in the program.
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:31

A pick-6 carryover of $43,180 awaits players on a solid Friday eight race program.

The opener should showcase #5 Dragon Dance as a short priced favorite. Well-beaten in his debut in an extremely hot straight maiden race at Del Mar in August, the Sadler-trained colt takes a monumental class drop to the maiden $30,000 level while continuing to show ability in the morning. Bejarano takes over.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:47

The Thursday program begins with a pair of light races that lack true wagering value. The better opportunities come later in the program.

In the opener, #5 Sassy Suances plummets in class and will be a short price if healthy. Trouble is, all three of her victories have come in gate-to-wire fashion and #6 Sugar Spice is quick enough to prevent that from happening. Tread lightly here.

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 11:08

A massive $430,034 double Pick-6 carryover makes the special Columbus Day program a “must play” for handicappers.