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 21, 2009 - 23:54
We’ll begin our action in today’s 2nd race, using #1 Dancing Erin and #5 Chalula One in an exacta box. Dancing Erin seems like the quickest of the quick and if she breaks running from the rail she could be hard to catch. Chalula One seems a bit better than shown for Mandella, continues to work well, and looks primed for her best effort.
Friday, March 20, 2009 - 23:39
The first race boils down to #6 Tap Tap I Win and #7 Forgive Your Sins. The former exits a series of competitive starter’s allowance events and should find this $25,000 claiming field more to his liking. He’ll be running on late. The horse to beat (and our top pick in the race) is Forgive Your Sins, in the money in two pretty decent sprints at the meeting and bred to run long. His one distance race (on turf) last fall at Hollywood Park was better than looked and he’s trained well lately for Vienna.
Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 22:56
The Friday opener sees #4 Schill listed as the 8/5 morning line favorite, but we’ll try to beat her using #3 Quite a Stormkat and #5 Mini Do. The former moves up two levels in class following a sharp, highly-rated score and a similar try today makes her a bold threat right back. The latter returns to her claim level and can act at any surface. She’ll take them as far as she can on the front end.

The 2nd race looks like an ideal spot for #4 Flashover in her first try on turf (she’s bred for it).

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 20:21
We’ll begin our action in today’s 4th race using #4 Thelma Rose, #5 Moto Nui and #7 Miss Bodine in an exacta/trifecta box. Thelma Rose is ambitiously placed by Spawr in her first start since being claimed and we view that as a positive sign, as this barn generally runs ‘em where they can win. She has outstanding bloodlines for turf and could very well improve dramatically in her first start on the sod. Moto Nui figures to make the running and if her numbers keep improving she’ll be hard to catch for Mitchell.
Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 08:29
The 1st race looks like a good spot for #4 You Is What You, who drops a notch after failing as the favorite in a $16,000 affair last month. On numbers, he looks pretty solid, but normally I won’t play a horse dropping in claiming value after winning (or in this case finishing second) for a higher claiming price in his last start. Many of them do win, but few offer wagering value. This Hollendorfer-trained colt is 2-1 on the morning line and likely will go lower.
Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 00:38
A two-day Pick-6 carryover of $370,573 spices up the Saturday program, so we’ve given special attention to races 5 through 10. Let’s hit this thing!