• Harzand holds off Idaho in the Irish Derby to become a dual Derby winnerPosted 1 hour ago
  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Champion Untapable has been retired from racing, according to owner, Ron Winchell.Posted 5 days ago
  • Cheekaboo wins a blanket finish in the Honeymoon at 23-1.Posted 5 days ago
  • Donegal Moon scores after Unified comes up empty in the Pegasus Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Ancient Secret just gets up to win the Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park.Posted 5 days ago
  • Bradester (9-1) upsets the Stephen Foster (G1) in gate to wire fashionPosted 6 days ago
  • Pleuven (Fr), with a stalking move, wins the Wise Dan (G2) at 7-1Posted 6 days ago
  • Paid Up Subscriber (6-1) rallies and draws off to win the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2)Posted 6 days ago
  • Songbird (1-9) stays unbeaten in the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita.Posted 6 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
Shapper Da California Capper
Posted Thursday, June 23, 2016
A guaranteed spot in the Breeders' Cup Classic is on the line in Saturday's Gold Cup at Santa Anita.
Posted Thursday, June 16, 2016
The 2016 Triple Crown is now complete and what a great series of races we saw, including Creator's thrilling victory in New York last Saturday.
Posted Thursday, June 09, 2016
It might pay off to take a shot against Exaggerator as the Belmont Stakes favorite.
Posted Saturday, June 04, 2016
The win in the Vanity gave Beholder her 10th Grade I win, and her 17th victory in 22lifetime starts. She is now an incredible 13 for 14 at Santa Anita Park with one runner up finish.
Posted Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Beholder looks to add another one, but another champion, in Stellar Wind, will attempt to stop her streak.
Posted Saturday, May 28, 2016
New York based Chad Brown and Javier Castellano will try and win the Gamely (G1) at Santa Anita with Wekeela on Memorial Day.
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.
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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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