• Tonito M. is much the best in the Oklahoma Derby! Posted 2 days ago
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  • Lady Eli kicks it in to run away with the Miss Grillo! Posted 2 days ago
  • American Pharoah strides out in the FrontRunner! Posted 3 days ago
  • Beholder a bit short, but still best in the Zenyatta! Posted 3 days ago
  • Tonalist impressively wins the Jockey Club Gold Cup! Posted 3 days ago
  • Main Sequence wins a thriller over Twilight Eclipse in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic! Posted 3 days ago
  • Private Zone battles his way to a 2nd straight Vosburgh! Posted 3 days ago
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HRN Original Blog:
First Time Turf
Posted Thursday, September 25, 2014
I am super excited to be handling Horse Racing Nation’s coverage of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Here at “First Time Turf,” I not only mindful of today’s grass stars, but always in search of tomorrow’s next John Henry or Lure. There is nowhere better to start the search for future turf stars than in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Over the next several weeks, I will be previewing the probable starters for this year’s race as well as revisiting some of the best moments of the past. Hopefully, I can help bring some of the great versions to life as well as help prepare handicappers for what is always one of the more challenging races over the weekend.
Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014
Saturday is one of the biggest days in the history of Pennsylvania racing, including the return of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome.
Posted Friday, September 12, 2014
Saturday is the return to graded stakes racing at the New York Racing Association, after a jam-packed summer at Saratoga Race Course, and both graded events are on the turf.
Posted Friday, September 05, 2014
It seems like just a few weeks ago that we were previewing the turf stakes schedule and anticipating the final 40 days of Tom Durkin’s announcing career.
Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The biggest weekend of summer American turf racing absolutely did not disappoint.
Posted Wednesday, August 13, 2014
After an ill-fated start to midsummer turf racing in San Diego, all signs pointed to brighter things ahead for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club lawn.
Posted Friday, August 08, 2014
California Chrome got back to work this morning at Los Alamitos.
Posted Tuesday, August 05, 2014
A busy week on the Saratoga lawn, reaching its peak with Saturday’s Grade II Fourstardave Handicap, begins Wednesday at approximately 3:43 Eastern with an all-turf late pick four. The pick four wager commences in Race 7 and requires players to select the winner in races seven through ten. NYRA has a minimum bet of fifty cents for its’ four-race horizontal wager which has surpassed a total pool of $300,000 in all, but one of its sixteen days of racing thus for in 2014. The full fields of quality horseflesh have made this wager extremely popular and have seen it yield four digit payouts regularly and one over $17,000 on July 31st. Wednesday is no exception as all four races have full fields assembled. While, I do not foresee a five-digit payout, I see a series of four races where no runner should be below 2-1. This makes for a challenging and hopefully fruitful sequence. Let’s take a look at the four races.
Posted Saturday, August 02, 2014
While the eyes of the racing world focus on the multiple Grade I events over Saratoga’s main track on Saturday, the undercard for the $1.5 million dollar Whitney Handicap offers fans of the lawn a very solid non-graded stakes event. Race 7 as well as a few other solid races should help get us through a somewhat ordinary few weeks over the nation’s best grass courses. The $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes will be contested at one mile over Saratoga’s inner turf and is restricted to fillies and mares four years old and upward, which have not won a graded stakes this calendar year. Restricted stakes like this often come up strong at the Saratoga Springs summer meeting and this field is no exception. It offers handicappers several ways to turn including some potential value both horizontally and vertically.
Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014
With the announcement that racing on the Del Mar lawn will resume on Wednesday, we can hopefully get back to normalcy at the picturesque Northern San Diego destination. Included in Wednesday’s eight race card is a maiden special weight event for two-year olds at one mile over the modified turf. Many horseplayers think these races are “crapshoots” without having seen much of the runners, but these are in fact some of my favorite races to handicap. The sixth race on the card is one of these races.
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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 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.