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  •  Fashion Alert outduels Take Charge Brandi in the Schuylerville!Posted 14 days ago
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HRN Original Blog:
First Time Turf
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.
Posted Friday, July 25, 2014
With a full week of racing complete at Saratoga Race Course, there are plenty of high points to review at the historical midsummer thoroughbred meeting. Highlighted by Frankie Dettori’s first victory in Saratoga Springs and a stellar field in the Grade I Diana TVG Stakes, there was no shortage of excitement at the beautiful upstate New York venue. Let’s take a look back at some of the weeks’ best moments on the Saratoga lawn.
Posted Thursday, July 17, 2014
The featured $100,000 Oceanside Stakes run at one mile over the Del Mar turf course is of the best chances to find value on Thursday, as well as, a future turf superstar.
Posted Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Between 2yo races for up and coming stars, and a plethora of stakes events on the lawn, the next month and a half is arguably the best time of year for North American turf racing.
Posted Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Thursday's first race at Belmont Park is a maiden special weight race for two-year old fillies. These are some of my favorite races to handicap because of several angles that can provide value or find a vulnerable favorite. Wesley Ward trains our top selection in this race Heartofthetemple.
Posted Saturday, July 05, 2014
The 61st running of the United Nations Stakes may not offer the star power that previous versions have, but it definitely offers handicappers an incredibly challenging analytical puzzle. The ten probable runners sport 54 career victories and range from four to seven years of age. There is a case to be made for nine of the ten runners, so unless you plan to use “ALL” in the horizontal wagers or skip the feature race of the day, it is important that you find a way to differentiate the runners in this evenly matched group.

 

 MEET SCOTT SHAPIRO

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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.