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.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 01:16

The Saturday program begins with an early daily double that looks very difficult. #3 Senator Bob and #4 Dunmore East look like the logical contenders in the opener, but neither one is trustworthy. In the second race, #3 Boller Bomb, #4 Fantastic Mizz, and #5 Silver Hustle all have a right to win but they’re tough to separate and in a small field none really offer a great degree of value. Play if you like, but we’re going to wait for better opportunities later on the day.

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 10:43
Pick-6 players will be enticed by a $70,442 carryover on a challenging Friday program.

The opener, a restricted (nw-2) claiming miler for fillies and mares, has #4 Second Time and #7 Secret Memo as the two main contenders. Second Time had a rough trip in her recent sprint comeback and did well to finish second in her first start since November of 2012; she should be fitter and stronger today for Cerin while stretching out to a distance she’s proven she can handle.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 11:07

The Thursday eight-race program begins with a six-runner claimer over a mile on turf. #3 Mega Heat returns to his favorite surface and we’re expecting him to return to winning form. He’s been sparingly raced of late and certainly has his issues but there’s no panicky drop so we’re assuming he’s okay. #6 Anythingscookin is a need-the-lead type and if he can get that kind of trip without undue pressure he could take this field a long way.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 22:31

A massive $430,875 Pick-6 Carryover makes Sunday’s card a “must play” and the sequence (races 4 through 9) appears manageable. Let’s dive in.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 12:05

A $74,221 Pick-6 carryover highlights a terrific 10-race, stakes dominated Saturday program that begins early with a Noon first post.

Debuting #1 Well Mannered has trained well enough to win at first asking in the opener, a maiden state-bred sprint. Miller has an outstanding record with debut runners and this gelding has worked like he’s fit and ready. In a below par field for the level, the son of Benchmark figures to be a short price.

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 09:07

The first two races on Friday’s program contain no-value short priced morning line favorites that look hard to deny. #4 Corinthian Melody (3/5) tries to graduate in her 11th career start in the opener and will never get an easier spot; we’d like to try to beat her but with what? In the second race, #4 Dance With Fate (4/5) exits three consecutive Grade-1 races while dropping into a first-level allowance affair in his sophomore debut and should out class the field. #3 Flagman might provide a threat if he gets the patient ride he needs from Talamo.