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.

Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 00:33

The Easter Sunday program opens with a maiden miler for 3-year-old fillies that offers little in the way of value. #4 Bonnie Blue Flag has the best form, but the short rest (two weeks) isn’t ideal for a 3-year-old filly and she might be vulnerable. Let’s pass and wait for better opportunities.

Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 01:32

As if this glorious 11-race Santa Anita Derby program needed a boost, there is a $98,894 Pick-6 carryover up for grabs, and the Pick-6 scheme (races 6 thru 11) looks challenging but enticing. Let’s see if we can pay for our ticket with some early success on what potentially is the best gambling card of the season.

Friday, April 2, 2010 - 01:40

Yesterday was a good day – a strict adherence to the wagering guidelines in this column produced a $4,262.80 Pick-6 payoff (plus an additional nine “cons” at $62.80) from an investment of $432.00. Not exactly life changing, but we’ll take it. Today’s card is nothing like yesterday’s – or tomorrow’s, which is terrific – so we’ll just have to pick our spots, play conservatively and await Derby Day (and with 40,000 or more expected in attendance tomorrow, be sure to leave for the track early, first post is noon).

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 22:19

A juicy Pick-6 carryover of $74,482 awaits players on April Fools Thursday and the scheme looks challenging but playable. We’ll attack the Pick-6 with confidence - not foolishness - but probably won’t have much chance to build a bankroll beforehand because the early daily double looks rather unappealing.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 02:01

Wednesday’s opener begins with a logical 4/5 favorite, #3 Champagneandlilies, in what appears to be an unplayable race. The Cerin-trained filly has that classic two-sprints-and-a-stretch out pattern, catches a below par field of bottom rung maiden claiming fillies and mares, and simply seems too obvious. We’ll let her win; the card offers much better value later on.

Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 01:29

A very lucrative Pick-6 carryover of $132,180 spices up the Sunday program and with several deep and competitive races in the Pick-6 sequence, there’s a chance for a monster payoff. We’ll be somewhat aggressive in our Pick-6 play, and hopefully we can cash a ticket or two early in the program to help pay for the investment.