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Scott Shapiro handicaps thoroughbred racing for Twin Spires.com and is part of the Churchill Downs on-air simulcast team. Scott fell in love with thoroughbred racing when his father took him to Garden State Park in 1985 to see Kentucky Derby winner Spend A Buck race in the Jersey Derby instead of the Preakness Stakes. Scott graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1996 and remains a die-hard Badger football and basketball fan today. His favorite horses are A.P. Indy, Fly So Free, Victory Gallop, and Ghostzapper.

May 22 2022

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Selections subject to change on race day due to scratches, off the turf, etc.
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Race 1

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5 Classy Miss

Drops in class after a troubled voyage at KEE on 4/23

6 Lunar Ice

Moves forward on stretch out to route of ground

3 Frosted Diamond

Attracts Gaffalione despite never having hit board in 5 career tries

Selections: 5-6-3-2-7-4-1

Race 2

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5 Bode by You

Will be much more forward than in last vs better

4 Guest in My Heart

Seems likely to pass a number of tiring rivals in lane

6 Sweet Spin

Needs to prove she can bring all-weather form to CD main track

Selections: 5-4-6-3-1

Race 3

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2 Ridgepointe

Takes then gate to wire on class drop for Von Hemel

7 Gun Lap

Has been freshened up after pair of efforts at TP to start '22

1 Formal Order

Lacks early zip, but should be finishing well under bug boy

Selections: 2/7-1

Race 4

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7 True Jedi

Goes gate to wire to kick off the Derby City 6

14 Guest Speaker

Almost went to knees in most recent try for Cox

2 Ninja Warrior

Is half-sis to horse that won on debut & earned 6-figures

Selections: 7/14-2-13/6-9

Race 5

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4 Stanley Market

Takes them all the way on engine under Court

2 Ring Me Darling

Is likeliest to take advantage if pace is contentious

6 Big Java

Gets class relief after pair of efforts vs better in Arkansas

Selections: 4-2/6-5-1

Race 6

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3 My Man Flintstone

Takes advantage of contentious early pace

8 Seau

Should get lovely stalking voyage under Lanerie

5 David's Gem

Took advantage of a favorable race shape when last seen on 5/5

Selections: 3-8-5-7

Race 7

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2 Dark Timber

Protected off claim & attracts leading rider in 1st start off claim for Casse

5 Flags Up

Has been at his best over the CD main track

3 Official Business

Loses Gaffalione after upset win on debut for Moquett

Selections: 2-5/3

Race 8

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11 Kuchar

Draws into very favorable spot w/ race being washed off sod

10 Bakwena

Posted career best 91 BRIS speed rating in lone try over dirt

5 Win Worthy

Gives the main track a try for first time in career

Selections: 11/10/5-8

Race 9

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1 Lucky Devil

Gets much more favorable setup than he did in 1st try sprinting

3 Blow Torch

Chased extremely impressive debut runner to end Derby Day

4 Fast Felix

Will be rolling late if pace is lively as it appears on paper

Selections: 1-3-4-5-11-2-7-8-6

Scott's Top Pick Stats For 2022 Spring Meeting

Races Wins 2nd 3rd Win % WPS % $2 ROI*
141 38 20 20 27.0% 55.3% $1.99

*ROI is the return on investment of a $2 win bet of our top pick. An ROI of more than $2.00 indicates profitable selections. The average horseplayer has an ROI of $1.60.

Expert selections by:

Joe Kristufek | Scott Shapiro