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, October 4, 2013 - 04:46

A solid eight-race program begins with a maiden claiming sprint for older fillies and mares. #4 Tizhardtoget, away since May, surfaces for a tag and appears to be training well enough to beat this field. She earned decent speed figures earlier this year when chasing tougher. #6 Elusive Luci had good speed before fading vs. straight maidens at Del Mar; she figures to stick a whole lot better in this league.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 20:38

The Santa Anita Autumn season moves into its second week with a solid eight race program.

#1 Market Portfolio looks ready to graduate in this, his third career start. The Hollendorfer-trained gelding continues to exhibit sharpness in the morning and if he can avoid trouble from his rail post position the son of After Market should be able to handle this maiden-claiming field. #3 Broker Brett, in the money in his last pair with better than par speed figures for the level, looks like a logical exacta partner with our top pick.

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 10:57

Sunday’s program begins with a mid-grade claiming sprint restricted to 3-year-olds. #2 Judge Carr was scratched opening day for this more plausible spot, and the Hendricks-trained gelding looks capable of producing the last run following a significant drop in class. Bejarano stays aboard. #3 Hazardous also is tackling much easier today and may have found his friends.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 10:40

Six stakes races, five of which are Grade-1s, highlight a glorious Saturday of racing at Santa Anita that includes a Pick-6 carryover of $42,333.

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 10:40

The 2013 Autumn Santa Anita season begins with a challenging nine race program, highlighted by the $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes, an important prep for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 20:32
Closing day offers a mandatory payoff in the Pick-6.

Swingaway drops into a claimer for the first time in the opner and appears to have found her friends. She should draft into a second flight, ground-saving position and then go on with it. Baze knows her well. We’ll prefer her on top but also include in our rolling exotics Tanquerray, nosed out in a similar spot with a race-shape aided late bid. These are the two short priced favorites, so there’s really no value here.