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, March 20, 2010 - 23:33

On the first day of spring, we’ll leap past the first two races – which offer little value and are beyond our handicapping means, anyway – and begin our play in the third race, a contentious seven furlong first level allowance sprint for fillies and mares. #5 Fund Raiser seems the solid choice based on numbers and consistency and this return to a sprint should be what she needs to regain her winning form.

Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 00:10

Saturday’s opener is a nine furlong maiden turf affair for 3-year-old fillies and #4 Bonnie Blue Flag is listed as the 9/5 morning line favorite. She’s trying two-turns and grass again and almost certainly will make the pace (assuming she wants it) after flashing good speed sprinting in each of her past two starts, both in-the-money efforts against decent competition. Her one prior route affair over this turf course last fall as a two-year-old was troubled and not too bad, so the extra ground and the switch in surface shouldn’t be an issue.

Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 23:38

Friday’s opener is a strong first level allowance event for 3-year-old fillies routing on turf and on any other circuit this would be a legitimate stakes race. #1 Brazilian Charm broke her maiden gamely, stretches out after a strong recent work, lands the good rail, retains Bejarano, and is bred to move up considerably on turf. We’ll use her in all of our rolling exotics along with #5 Fife’s Fantasy, an impressive debut winner for a high priced tag and stretching out to a distance and surface she’s bred to like.

Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 01:58

Maiden claimers usher in the Thursday program and the comebacking #7 Word Association tries to make amends for her failure on three straight occasions as the favorite, most recently at Hollywood Park in December. Her recent work tab is light, but Sise is superb with layoff runners, so we’ll assume he has this Benchmark filly ready to roll. She might be most effective if held up early and allowed to run late, and that’s how Smith rode her last time.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 23:27

We move into the final four weeks of the meeting with a Wednesday program that has the potential to be fairly chalky. We’ll pass the first two races – nothing trustworthy in either event – and try to nail the Pick-6 (carryover of $139,205) on a very small $8.00 ticket.

Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 02:26

Today’s program – while lacking yesterday’s star power – seems much more attractive from a handicapping standpoint and several of the rolling exotics offer the potential for a nice payoff. We’ll play all but the first race – a $20,000 claimer that should be won by one of the Mullins entrants (#1 Laser Point or #2 Fenice) and begin our action in the second event.