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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.

September 26 2021

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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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1 Stunning Munnings

Makes first local try & initial start off claim for Meyers

2 Well Spent

Drops in class and moves to main track

6 Breonna

Picks up pieces off of contentious early pace

Selections: 1-2/6-7-3

Race 2

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1 Koufax

Should sit perfect stalking trip from inside draw

6 Royal Tryst

Takes blinkers off in 3rd start of form cycle

5 Carmichael

Tough to trust on top after 11 tries, but likely to grind away a share

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

Race 3

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6 Outlier

Cuts back to 1-turn and drops into conditional claiming ranks

5 Chicks for Free

Is dangerous on front end, but 7 furlongs is a concern

2 Davidic Line

Has hit the board in all 5 tries under the twin spires

Selections: 6-5-2-1

Race 4

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5 Futile

Barn has $2.36 ROI in last 181 starts at CD

8 Lover Boy

Sits perfect stalking trip off of Royal Blue Boy

2 Popizar

Gets much-needed class relief after 0 for 9 start to 2021

Selections: 5-8-2-6

Race 5

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1 Hombrazo

Encouraging that he is protected after being eased in last

7 Brew Crew

Won only start over this racetrack

6 Auburn Hills

Cuts back to 1-turn after runner-up finish at 9 panels last time out

Selections: 1-7-6

Race 6

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6 Alkhaatam

Has run some big ones at CD in the past, does so again in 1st start off claim for Diodoro

4 Indimaaj

Ran into two Baffert buzzsaws in races at DMR this summer

2 Lord Dragon

Looks to make it 2 in a row after win in Minnesota

Selections: 6-4-2-5

Race 7

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3 Flash Magic

Sits perfect pocket trip in 2nd local try for all-time leading trainer

4 Congratulated

Moves back to preferred surface

5 Toccata

Gets class test after pair of wire to wire scores

Selections: 3-4-5-1

Race 8

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7 Famed

Wins at 1st asking if runs similar race to half-brother Essential Quality on debut

4 Sugar Boo

Raced against flow in mid-pack finish on debut at Pea Patch

1 Mommasgottarun

Has serious early zip, but has struggled to finish races

Selections: 7-4-1

Race 9

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2 Fact Finding

Takes them gate to wire in Sunday feature

7 Trident Hit

Will be tough to beat with a contentious early pace

4 Bourbon Calling

Drops into more realistic spot after pair of tries vs graded stakes foes in WV

Selections: 2-7-4-5

Race 10

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10 Upandcomingstar

Gets off rail for first time in her career

7 Dalida

Likeliest to take advantage if pace is hot

12 Sarah Harper

Ran big number over off going on debut in NY

Selections: 10-7-12/5-6-9

Scott's Top Pick Stats For 2021 September Meeting

Races Wins 2nd 3rd Win % WPS % $2 ROI*
78 25 15 12 32.1% 66.7% $2.01

*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 | Ed DeRosa | Scott Shapiro