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, October 8, 2011 - 09:56

An outstanding Saturday program begins with a strong straight maiden sprint that features #6 Midnight Transfer as the best of the known element. A solid runner-up in his debut at Del Mar last month, the son of Hard Spun earned a strong figure in the process and should make a considerable forward move in his second outing, as most of the Gaines maidens will do.

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 10:46

This is a deep, tough and competitive Friday program and there are plenty of price opportunities including a Pick-6 carryover of $42,528. There seems to be one logical Pick-6 single – Hoorayforhollywood in the sixth race – but other than that the races are fairly wide open and challenging.

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:12

There’s no turf racing today although the main track – despite yesterday’s wet weather – is listed as fast.

Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 11:01

We’ll start the Sunday program with a bottom rung maiden claiming router for fillies and mares that has little quality or depth to it. #5 Blue Grass Music drops to her lowest level ever after chasing straight maidens at Del Mar; she retains Rosario and really has little to beat, hence her 9/5 morning line favorite’s role. #8 Lovely Sophia should be a late threat with Bejarano staying aboard but she’s 2-1 on the morning line and there’s not much value there, either.

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 23:40

A simply fabulous day of racing begins with modest maiden claiming sprint for juvenile fillies that offers pretty good value with #4 Kvetch. The Miller-trained filly ran much better than the line will show when overcoming a slow start and a very wide trip to finish eagerly to be second in her debut at Del Mar; the same kind of performance minus the trouble today should land her in the winner’s circle. Bejarano rides her back. Let’s use her as a rolling exotic single.

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 22:04

The 2011 Santa Anita Autumn season begins with a solid nine race card ushered in by a $25,000 claiming extended sprint that should boil down to $3 Chinese Praise and #7 Deluxe Bus, the two favorites on Jon White's morning line. Chinese Praise was claimed back by good trainer Peter Miller, always a positive sign, and is raised the mandatory one level in class following a sharp score at Fairplex Park last month. He has the style for this distance and ran very well over this track in his lone prior outing in the spring.