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  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 5 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 5 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 5 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 6 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 6 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 6 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 6 days ago
  • Long On Value clearly Best in the Canadian Turf. Posted 6 days ago
  •  Street Babe surprise the Mineshaft field at Fair Grounds.Posted 6 days ago
  • Main Sequence storms home late to win the Mac Diarmida! Posted 6 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
First Time Turf
Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Scott Shapiro is back with the second part of his series on tournament play and the 2015 National Handicapping Contest.
Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015
This past weekend marked my first ever voyage to the National Handicapping Championship at the Treasure Island in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, run for the past sixteen years by the Daily Racing Form and the NTRA, is one of thoroughbred racing’s most coveted handicapping titles and the 2015 version brought a field of 606 entries and a total purse of over $2.3 million, demonstrating the explosive growth of the event during the past few years. The vibe and excitement last weekend illustrated that not only is racing far from dead, but there are young adults ready to take the reins from their elders. The tournament was a huge success and will be my topic on “First Time Turf” over the next couple of weeks.
Posted Friday, October 31, 2014
The first race is in the books for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and trainer Wesley Ward not only won his first ever Cup race, but also ran 1-2.
Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014
Despite the European success in the last few years in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, do not overlook Startup Nation as the colt who can win one for the home side.
Posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014
There is always betting value to be found in the Juvenile Turf and this year should be no different.
Posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014
While it is difficult to completely dismiss many of this year’s Juvenile Turf runners, I will try to separate those with outside chances of winning, from those that are most likely to cross the wire first. Some of these young colts are a bit outclassed in this field, while some may have had a better chance with a more favorable pace scenario or post draw. Regardless, one principle must be used as a determining factor for all wagers made on Breeders’ Cup day, the price of your horse. It is a huge mistake if value is not considered at all times over the two days of racing. Plain and simple, a horseplayer must be willing to lose to a short-priced favorite if they are bet too hard. There are just too many with chances to run well over the weekend to settle on an underlay.
Posted Monday, October 27, 2014
As always, the Europeans will hold a large hand in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Posted Saturday, October 18, 2014
As the Belmont Park fall meeting winds down in Elmont, New York it is almost time to reflect upon the 2014 thoroughbred racing season. It is has been a special year of racing both nationally and within the New York Racing Association. Highlighted by the retirement of one of the game’s greatest race callers, it has also been a superb campaign for New York bred runners. The Broman family dominated the Saratoga summer meeting with state breds, including star sprinter Artemis Agrotera. In addition, New York bred trainer Chad Brown captured the Suburban Handicap with his son of True Direction, Zivo in a last to first run. Saturday marks the final big card designed for New York bred runners with the Empire Showcase Day. The 11-race program promises to be action packed with solid races from start to finish.
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.
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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 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 also writes daily articles on fantasy basketball.

 

Scott will be moving back to Southern California in May 2015 to be closer to the racetrack and the beach.

 

He can be found on twitter at @shapperdacapper or on his Facebook Fan page at www.facebook.com/shapperdacapperhorsesandsports. He also has a website that posts free daily selections and analysis of NYRA, Gulfstream Park, Keeneland and Southern California www.shapperdacapper.com.  He writes a weekly column called "Race of the Week" on www.danonymousracing.com