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Shapper Da California Capper

California Chrome First Workout since Belmont Stakes (Video)

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Friday was not your average morning at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California. It marked the return of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome. Despite the alarm being set hours before sunrise, I eagerly anticipated by early morning voyage northward on Interstate 5. The crowd was minimal, making for a very unique and personal experience.  While my time with California Chrome’s connections and a few other media members lasted less than thirty minutes, it was an experience I will never forget.

I was fortunate enough to find a spot right next to Chrome’s connections so I could get a better idea of their goals and expectations. A few minutes before breaking away from the lead pony, trainer Art Sherman commented on how well the three-year old colt was doing after his arduous first half of 2014.  Friday’s goal was just to stretch out his legs a bit and work towards his return to racing later this year. 


The colt started out in an ordinary fashion, but was moving very nicely as he passed by the grandstands towards the finish line.  When the drill was finished, the veteran conditioner was pleased with the three-furlong work in 37.60 seconds.  As significant as the workout was the ease in which Chrome did it. I was a bit concerned he would be lathered up after his first work since a fourth place effort in the Belmont Stakes in June, but this was not the case. Instead, he looked as if he just went for a morning jog. I followed the horse back to his barn and all seemed well. It was a successful day for both myself and 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 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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