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.

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.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 01:49

A challenging 10-race program begins with a bottom rung maiden claimer for fillies and mares and should be won by either #3 Favoloso or #6 Humble Maggie Go, and we’ll use both on all of our rolling daily double, pick-3 and pick-4 tickets. Favoloso, off the track for more than a year, returns in a soft spot for good comeback trainer Tim Yakteen and the works say ready. Let’s hope she leaves with her field. Humble Maggie Go has shown a tad of ability in two starts but figures to improve today from her cozy outside post.

Friday, March 26, 2010 - 01:59

Today’s opener presents little in the way of value – the two morning line choices (#1 Unclaimed Heart and #2 Halo’s Law) have every right to run one-two but we trust neither – so let’s pass the race, begin our action in the second, and hope to string together a few successful rolling exotics.