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  • Lady Shipman dominates in Saratoga's Coronation Cup.Posted 1 day ago
  • Stopchargingmaria out-duels Untapable to win the G3 Shuvee.Posted 2 days ago
  • American Pharoah wins the Haskell completely in hand!Posted 2 days ago
  • Heart to Heart takes them wire to wire in the G3 Oceanport.Posted 2 days ago
  • Casual Smile closes from second last to win the G3 Matchmaker Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Bradester snags the G2 Monmouth Cup in front-running fashion.Posted 2 days ago
  • Rachel's Valentina, daughter of champion Rachel Alexandra, wins her debut at the Spa!Posted 2 days ago
  • Beholder wins the G1 Clement L. Hirsch for fun!Posted 3 days ago
  • Texas Red returns to the winner's circle with a Jim Dandy victory over Frosted!Posted 3 days ago
  • Red Rifle squeezes through rivals to win the Bowling Green.Posted 3 days ago


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Shapper Da California Capper
Posted Friday, July 31, 2015
Saturday’s feature at Del Mar is the 45th running of the Grade I Clement L Hirsch Stakes. The $300,000 event drew a field of nine probables headlined by Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder.
Posted Saturday, July 25, 2015
Catch A Flight solidified himself as the likely favorite for the Pacific Classic with a score in the Grade II San Diego Handicap.
Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Week two at Del Mar begins with the $80,000 Wickerr Stakes at one mile on the turf.
Posted Friday, July 17, 2015
Midnight Storm tops the $400,000 Eddie Read (G1), Del Mar's first Saturday feature.
Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The Oceanside on the turf highlights the Opening Day card at Del Mar.
Posted Sunday, July 12, 2015
The closing day feature at Los Alamitos Race Course is the 51st running of the Summer Juvenile Championship. The five and a half furlong event features a compact group of six two-year olds running for a purse of $75,000. The field is led by two California-bred sons of Square Eddie, as well as the third place finisher in the Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park, Swipe. The last stakes race of the summer meeting in Cypress, California is the eighth race of nine on the Sunday afternoon card.
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.
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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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