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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 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.