MEET SCOTT SHAPIRO
Scott has been a fan of handicapping and following
thoroughbred racing since Garden State Park was rebuilt in Cherry Hill, NJ in
1985. His first
memories of the racetrack include the 1985 Jersey Derby won by Spend a Buck and the
1990 Met Mile clash between Easy Goer, Criminal Type and Housebuster, but it was not
until his mid to late twenties that Scott became confident he had a knack for
choosing winners. Scott points to the summer of 2007 in San Diego while
working on a masters degree in American History near Del Mar Race Course as the
time where he took his handicapping, his communication skills and attention to
detail to the next level. It was at this
time where he had his first real big score.
He had four of only five winning combinations in the now extinct “Place
Pick All” on a $8 ticket netting himself $40,000.
Since his time spent in San Diego, Scott has lived in New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado, but has found a way to make
racing a big part of his life no matter his place of residence. A few months after hitting a monster pick
five at Santa Anita Park in February of 2013, Scott started his website, shapperdacapper.com
showcasing his selections, analysis and commentary on North American racing. Scott loves playing tournaments on Derby Wars and
constructing pick four and pick five tickets when there are vulnerable
favorites. His favorite all-time horses are Captain Bodgit, A.P. Indy, and
Charismatic and his favorite jockey is Joel Rosario. Scott is also a die-hard fan of University of
Wisconsin athletics and is in several fantasy football leagues.
Scott is planning a move back to the San Diego area in 2015
so he can be closer to the horses on a daily basis. He managed musicians for
several years and continues to do so in a part time role when not focused on
his writing and research.
He can be found on twitter at @shapperdacapper or on his
Facebook Fan page at www.facebook.com/shapperdacapperhorsesandsports.
He also releases daily selections and analysis of NYRA and Southern California
racing on his website www.shapperdacapper.com.