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  • In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 1 day ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 4 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 5 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 6 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 6 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 6 days ago
  • Mizz Money holds on to take the Gallorette (G3) by a nose.Posted 6 days ago
  • Justin Squared was too fast to catch in the Chick Lang.Posted 6 days ago
  • Lady Shipman does not disappoint with a victory in The Very One.Posted 6 days ago
  • Marengo Road gets ahead to take the James W. Murphy.Posted 6 days ago


HRN Original Blog:
Shapper Da California Capper
Posted Friday, May 27, 2016
A field of ten veteran grass runners led by Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali and multiple Grade I winner Finnegan’s Wake are set to contest Sunday's Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes.
Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Nyquist will look to become the third straight Southern California based runner to make it to Belmont with a shot at the Triple Crown.
Posted Monday, May 16, 2016
Fresh off a California exacta in the Kentucky Derby, the West looks to reign supreme once again in the Preakness.
Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Let's look back at some of Beholder's greatest moments on a brand new edition of Shap 'Cap.
Posted Sunday, May 08, 2016
Beholder made short work of her competition in the Grade 3 Adoration Stakes in her first start since last fall.
Posted Thursday, May 05, 2016
The 2016 Kentucky Derby is almost upon us. A very difficult race this year. Here are my final thoughts and selections for the big race.
Posted Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Is Nyquist a good gamble to make it four Derby favorites in a row, or is he vulnerable at a short price in the 2016 Run for the Roses?
Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The pace may not be brisk in the 2016 Kentucky Derby, but if the early fractions are honest there are several runners that could make some noise on the first Saturday in May.
Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2016
One of the major questions as we approach the first Saturday in May is whether the progeny of Uncle Mo, including likely favorite Nyquist, can get the mile and a quarter distance.
Posted Thursday, April 14, 2016
Check out the new "Shap 'Cap" looking back at the Wood Memorial, the Blue Grass, and the Santa Anita Derby.
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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 picking winners. He points to the summer of 2007 in San Diego while working on a masters degree in American History 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, as well as analysis and commentary on North American racing. From there, he began writing a weekly column for www.danonymousracing.com called "Race of the Week" and soon thereafter started writing for Horse Racing Nation. Currently, he is Horse Racing Nation's Southern California Racing Correspondent and can be found most days at Santa Anita Park or Del Mar Race Course.

Scott loves playing in horse racing tournaments and constructing pick four and pick five tickets.  His favorite all-time horses are Captain Bodgit, A.P. Indy, Fly So Free and Charismatic. He 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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