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  • Favorite Tale is long gone in the Smile Sprint.Posted 1 day ago
  • Big Blue Kitten powers home for his 2nd win in the United Nations.Posted 1 day ago
  • Shaman Ghost flies home to win the Queen's Plate.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bradester a strong winner of the Salvator Mile.Posted 1 day ago
  • Aldous Snow just holds off Dynamic Sky in the Singspiel.Posted 1 day ago
  • Dogwood Trail cannot be caught in the Grade 3 Azalea.Posted 1 day ago
  • Gimme Da Lute just holds off Prospect Park in the Los Alamitos Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • Private Zone dominates the Belmont Sprint from start to finish.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lady Eli magnificent in Belmont Oaks victory.Posted 2 days ago
  • Force The Pass wins the $1.25 Belmont Derby in a laugher.Posted 2 days ago


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Shapper Da California Capper
Posted Saturday, July 04, 2015
The Bob Baffert trained Gimme Da Lute narrowly held off Prospect Park to win his second graded stakes race in a row in the Los Alamitos Derby
Posted Wednesday, July 01, 2015
The duo of Bob Ike and Phil Bongiovanni were able to hold off a strong group of handicappers to capture the Santa Anita Closing Weekend Handicapping Contest.
Posted Saturday, June 27, 2015
21,528 racing fans were treated to an incredible rendition of the $500,000 Grade I Gold Cup as Hard Aces and Hoppertunity hit the wire together in a race that was too close to call.
Posted Friday, June 26, 2015
Pitcher Cam Bedrosian and infielder Kyle Kubitza of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were introduced to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and trainer Bob Baffert.
Posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Catch a Flight heads a field of 11 in Saturday's Gold Cup at Santa Anita.
Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2015
A two-day closing weekend handicapping contest coincides with the graded stakes action at Santa Anita.
Posted Monday, June 22, 2015
It was a very busy week at Santa Anita Park as we approach the end to a wonderful meeting at The Great Race Place.
Posted Saturday, June 20, 2015
Stellar Wind got back to the winners’ circle by defeating a game Tara’s Tango in an exciting rendition of the Grade II Summertime Oaks
Posted Friday, June 19, 2015
The future stars take center stage in Arcadia, California on Sunday afternoon when the $125,000 Juvenile for the boys and the $125,000 Landaluce for the young ladies headline a nine-race card at beautiful Santa Anita Park. Both races will be run at five and a half furlongs and offer racing fans a look at some of the best young runners on the West Coast. Despite, the short distances and the lengthy amount of time before next May’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, it is never too early to begin one’s search for the next star colt or filly.
Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
When it comes to late twentieth century rivalries in thoroughbred racing perhaps Affirmed and Alydar are first, but not too far behind are the great battles that occurred during the 1989 thoroughbred-racing season. It was a West Coast conditioned, black colored son of Halo and the 1988 two-year old champion from the Ogden Phipps stable that “butted heads” and created some of the best on track clashes in the modern era. The duels between Easy Goer and a hard trying Charlie Whittingham trained colt from the West Coast were some of my first recollections of thoroughbred racing and what memories they were. That progeny of Halo, Sunday Silence is the focus of this rendition of “Southern California Racing Greats.”
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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 his 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. 

A few months after hitting a monster pick five at Santa Anita Park in February of 2013, Scott started his website, www.shapperdacapper.com showcasing his and other experts' selections, analysis and commentary on North American racing as well as NCAA basketball. From there, he began writing a weekly column for www.danonymousracing.com called "Race of the Week" and soon thereafter started his Horse Racing Nation blog entitled "First Time Turf."

Scott loves playing in horse racing tournaments and constructing pick four and pick five tickets when there are vulnerable favorites.  His favorite all-time horses are Captain Bodgit, A.P. Indy, Fly So Free and Charismatic.  Scott is also a die-hard fan of University of Wisconsin athletics and writes daily articles on fantasy basketball on his website and www.rotorants.com.

Scott has lived in multiple states including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Colorado before returning to Southern California in the middle of 2015 to start "Shapper Da California Capper." 

 

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