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, January 11, 2014 - 23:53
The Sunday opener is a mid-grade claiming turf miler that looks likely to be won by #5 Trelawny. The Mullins-trained gelding stretches out to a more suitable trip over a course he’s been known to like and most likely will draft into an ideal second-flight position. Baze should have him along in time as a straight play and rolling exotic single.
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 01:44

An excellent Saturday program begins with a high priced maiden claiming sprint for 3-year-olds. #6 Matt the Hammer has been impressive in the morning for Miller (excellent with first-timers) and looks cranked up and ready to win right now. He seems like a logical gate-to-wire winner under P. Val and offers value at anywhere near his morning line of 5/2.

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 11:43

The Friday program begins with a five-runner field that doesn’t offer much in the way of value. #1 She’s a Go Girl represents inside speed and is in good form, so she’s the one to beat. #3 Coco de Carchy plummets in class and has figures that make her a major player. We’ll use both in our rolling exotics.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 11:24

There’s an $87,195 Pick-6 carryover for the Thursday program that looks challenging but is well worth going after.

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 23:52

The Sunday opener finds big class dropper #1 He’s Not too Shabby as the 8/5 morning line favorite. He’ll win if he has one good one left but this type of play is a loser in the long run. #4 Change of Plan moves up a notch on the claiming scale but chased older foes last time and today faces only 4-year-olds, so he should be competitive, especially considering the enormous break in the weights. These are the two we’d consider for rolling exotic play.

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 12:08

The Saturday Santa Anita program includes a guaranteed $150,000 Pick-6 pool for races five through nine.