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Shapper Da California Capper
Posted Friday, May 29, 2015
The last Saturday card in May at Santa Anita Park offers racing fans two graded stakes races including the $200,000 Grade II Californian. The nine-furlong event for three-year olds and upward features a probable field of 9 including 2014 Whitney Stakes winner Moreno and Richard Mandella conditioned Catch A Flight. Both top contenders will try to make it two in a row and will likely to take a huge chunk of the win wagering.
Posted Monday, May 25, 2015
With Kentucky Derby and Preakness winning jockey Victor Espinoza aboard, Hard Not To Like found a hole on the rail and ran down Fanticola late to win the Grade 1 Gamely at Santa Anita.
Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015
Trainer Phil D'Amato and rider Tyler Baze were the biggest winners on California Gold Rush Day at Santa Anita
Posted Thursday, May 21, 2015
Saturday’s feature at Santa Anita Park is the $200,000 Snow Chief for Golden State Eligible California or California sired three-year olds. The mile and an eighth turf event will be the eighth race on the ten race card and features a field of eleven runners. The group is led by 5-2 morning line favorite Grazen Sky and co-second choices’ Richard’s Boy and Zinvor. All three enter the event coming off wins over the grass in their last start.
Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Unlike the first two subjects in my series on “Southern California Racing Greats,” this next immortal thoroughbred was a bit of a late developer. Before victories in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, this son of Alydar entered his three-year old season with just one win and was not one of the public’s choices in the annual “Run for the Roses” at Churchill Downs. Despite being eligible at the Kentucky Derby for a non-winners of two event, Alysheba had an illustrious career and is this week’s topic on my weekly Horse Racing Nation piece.
Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015
Unlike many of the superstar thoroughbreds I will discuss in this series, this grey colored son of Silver Buck took awhile to grow on me as a young racing fan during the mid-nineties. Perhaps it was his somewhat brash young trainer or more likely it was the narrow defeats he handed one of my all-time favorite horses in the two biggest races of his career, but over the years my respect has grown infinitely. As we approach the second leg of the Triple Crown this Saturday, Bob and Beverly Lewis owned Silver Charm seems the appropriate conversation for this week’s rendition of Southern California Racing Greats.
Posted Monday, May 11, 2015
Scott Shapiro recaps the graded stakes racing from this past weekend at Santa Anita.
Posted Saturday, May 09, 2015
Saturday offers horseplayers a solid 9-race card at Santa Anita Park. A few runners could be worth a shot at solid prices in what should be an outstanding day of racing including the Grade I Vanity, as well as the Grade III American Stakes.
Posted Friday, May 08, 2015
Headlining Saturday's American at Santa Anita is the Brazilian Triple Crown winner, Bal a Bali, but don't expect things to be easy for the South American import.
Posted Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Unfortunately it was the race he did not run in that I will always remember most when it comes to my all time favorite colt and one of the greatest runners Southern California produced in the 1990’s. That being said, the Neil Drysdale conditioned son of Seattle Slew, A.P. Indy, was one special runner that we simply did not get to see race enough over his 11-race career. Despite only racing until the end of his three-year old season, the champion thoroughbred was able to earn nearly three million dollars and will be the focus of the first edition of my series on Southern California’s greatest thoroughbreds.
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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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