The Southern California based cable channel HRTV, formerly known as Horse Racing TV, has a real workhorse in Jeff Siegel (pictured). Among the reporter’s current network duties are providing color commentary on the mid-afternoon live racing show Grandstand (paired with the wonderfully named Laffit Pincay III), contributing to Thursday night handicapping program Against the Odds, and co-hosting a new weekend morning show, Westrock Coffee’s First Call.
Siegel is also a former full-time gambler, which, as he tells The Daily Caller today via Q&A, used to pay serious dividends. Recalls Siegel:
Back in 1984, the guys in the Santa Anita press box used to pool our money in a group pick six on a fairly regular basis, and we once hit for almost $800,000 on what I remember to be a four-day carryover. I think I had a quarter of the ticket. We hit a number of those back then − well, not that big, but we were pretty flush for a long time.
The now 60-year-old Siegel began his LA media career at KLAC Radio, in studios located across the street from the LaBrea Tarpits. He credits sports personality Jim Healy with getting him started on the road to horse handicapping, journalism and ownership.