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 13, 2010 - 11:01

The presence of Zenyatta makes it all worthwhile but we’ve always preached that you must play the card – never let the card play you – and today’s program has a number of races that seem inscrutable and a few others that offer little to no value. Therefore, we’re taking an extremely conservative approach. Hopefully, some of our readers have a better feel for the card than we do.

Friday, March 12, 2010 - 10:27

A fairly decent Friday program offers some wagering value in the rolling exotics and we’ll begin the proceedings using two horses in the opener. #5 Allie Wolff, first off the claim for Spawr and adding blinkers, has the route-to-sprint angle working in her favor and figures very tough if she repeats her runner up try in her debut two runs back. Talamo stays aboard. #6 Champagneandlilies, a closing third in her only outing for Cerin (excellent with second-time starting maidens), seems sure to improve and looks capable of producing the last run. She’s our top pick in the race.

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 10:39

We have a nice Pick-6 carryover to attack – there’s $81,826 already in the pool for Thursday’s program – so let’s give it our best shot after what looks to be a very chalky early daily double.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 02:00

Wednesday’s program begins with a few attractive rolling exotic possibilities but gets a little thin later on, so let’s try to do some damage early on as we kick off Zenyatta week at Santa Anita.

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 11:06

Sunday’s program is spiced by a $207,271 Pick-6 carryover but with turf racing not likely and a number of potentially key scratches unavailable as this is penned, we’ll suggest a conservative ticket after merely dabbling in the first three events.

The first race brings back #1 Good Measure, a Carla Gaines-trained gelding trying to make amends after failing at 50 cents on the dollar in a similar two-turn maiden event in late January. He’s worked very well since, has little to beat and seems like the winner at odds-on. There’s no value here, so we’ll pass.

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 01:17

The 11-race Big ‘Cap program begins with a maiden special weight sprint for older fillies and mares and #3 No Mistress should be a short price to win it. The Ron Ellis-trained 4-year-old ran very well in both of her previous outings, most recently finishing an excellent second in a highly-rated dash on New Year’s Eve. She’s been gone since then, but her recent works indicate fitness and she really doesn’t have too much to worry about. She’s 9/5 on the morning line but we’ll be surprised if she doesn’t go lower than that. She’s a rolling exotic single on our tickets.