Jeff Siegel joined HRTV in 2002, and his long association with horseracing stamps him as one of the sport's most astute racing analysts.
He has served a number of key on-air roles with the network, and currently is the co-host of the weekend morning show First Call, as well as the new handicapping-based segment, The Player, during afternoons of live racing. Siegel has also been a regular contributor to Pursuit of the Cup, and Pursuit of the Crown
In addition to his appearances on HRTV's daily coverage of horseracing, he has also written and produced many HRTV features, the most notable of which was the 60 vignettes comprising “Handicapping 101,” a series of handicapping lessons for both the novice and the experienced horse player. During his tenure at HRTV, Siegel has been an integral member of its traveling team for Triple Crown races on many occasions. He was also a key member of the Eclipse Award-winning Santa Anita Park Broadcast team.
Along with Barry Irwin, Siegel was co-founder of Clover Racing Stable in 1987 (which four years later transitioned into Team Valor, the most successful thoroughbred partnership stable in North America). During the time he was co-owner and vice president, the stable earned purses earnings in excess of $50 million and won more than 20 Grade 1 stakes races. Siegel sold his interest in Team Valor in 2007 in order to join HRTV on a full-time basis.
His greatest achievement – along with Irwin - was the purchase of Martial Law for $60,000 and then syndicating the colt to Clover Racing Stable partners before winning the $1 million 1989 Santa Anita Handicap at odds of 50-1 four months later. That victory, along with Political Ambition’s triumph in the 1988 Hollywood Derby and the victory by Prized in 1989 Breeders’ Cup Turf, helped provide the credibility that fueled the remarkable success of the organization to this day.
Siegel is a 1972 graduate of California State University, and resides in Duarte, California.