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 16, 2010 - 09:09

Today’s early daily double doesn’t look terribly enticing, so for the sake of action we’ll begin conservatively using #7 Lacey Leilah in the opener and #5 Lyrical Goddess in the second race. Lacey Leilah stretches out for the first time, switches to Rosario, has worked very well of late and looks semi appealing at 3-1 on the morning line. The projected pace of the race should be very soft and if she breaks cleanly she might end up being the controlling speed. As for Lyrical Goddess, she’s a fresh face in a bottom rung maiden claimer and the works indicate she has some ability.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 00:12

Thursday’s program begins with a low level claiming extended sprint that should be dominated by the two morning line favorites, #1 Stella Mark (5/2) and #5 Swiss Ski (2-1). The former is taking a huge class drop after a series of dull efforts but may have found his friends today and is a solid fit on speed figures. The latter looked very sharp beating a slightly softer field from off the pace, retains Bejarano, and will be hard to handle if he can turn in two alike.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 00:06

The final week of racing at Santa Anita begins with a decent Wednesday program that offers the potential for profit with various rolling exotics. The opener looks fairly competitive but we’ll zero in on #5 Megastar and #6 Royal F J in this maiden turf event. Megastar, second in his last pair, seems best when held up early and allowed to run late and should like this nine furlong trip. Royal F J keeps running second – he’s finished in the runner up slot five straight times – and while he may lack a winning punch he at least keeps trying and might get lucky eventually, maybe even today.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 23:14

The Sunday program begins with three rather uninspiring events, so let’s see if we can ace the early Pick-3 with singles in the first, second, and third races. In the opener, #5 El Martillo, exiting a series of strong sprints, stretches out for Baffert following a bullet recent workout, switches to Rosario (who has won with him in the past) and will be tough to beat if he gets the kind of patient ride he seems to prefer. In the second race, #4 Euro Gal exits a fast heat and is wheeled back quickly in nine days by Sadler.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 00:55

As the 2009-2010 season draws nearer to the end (a week from tomorrow) the field sizes are starting to drop and unplayable races are beginning to mount. There’s an old racetrack axiom that says, “Play the card, don’t let it play you.” Keep that in mind when picking your spots and formulating wagering strategies on programs that won’t be offering an abundance of value.

Saturday’s first race has just fine entered and #3 Saxophone is listed at 3/5 on the morning line. He just crushed a similar field and probably will do so again, but at this price, who cares?

Friday, April 9, 2010 - 01:18

With all eyes focused on Zenyatta’s bid for her 16th consecutive win at Oaklawn Park in the Apple Blossom Invitational today, there’s still money to be made at Santa Anita with a fairly attractive gambling program that calls for plenty of rolling exotic action. We’ll kick things off in the first race using #1 Miss Olivia K and #3 The Women’s Diva in the early daily double, Pick-3 and Pick-4. The former broke her maiden in game style recently and should be a threat on the front end right back despite the raise in class.