Longtime horseplayer Scott Shapiro, in an effort to raise awareness of Thoroughbred welfare among race gamers, has pledged to donate proceeds from successful days at the track to a top Thoroughbred charity.
At the Belmont Stakes, third jewel of the Triple Crown, Shapiro has pledged to make five, $5 wagers on race day and donate all winnings to horse charity ReRun, Inc.
Shapiro got the idea after he was invited to participate in Cappers for Causes—Triple Crown Handicapping Challenge & Fundraiser, a fundraiser sponsored by Danonymous Racing.com. When Shapiro was invited to choose a charity to receive proceeds, he selected ReRun, Inc. And soon after, decided to take his charitable work for the Thoroughbred training and re-homing organization a step further.
“The Danonymous Racing idea peaked my interest, and after I picked ReRun, Inc., I started to read up on them. That’s when I go the idea to try to do more for them,” Shapiro says. “Where a horse ends up after racing is something you don’t think about everyday when you’re a horseplayer.”
But the 40-year-old who grew up riding horses as a young boy always has warm thoughts for the animals who work so hard on the track.
“I like to make contact with the horses at the barn, and when I hear sad stories about them, it hits home,” he says. Noting that horse-welfare awareness among handicappers is, in his opinion, low, Shapiro says he hopes to help raise awareness—and funds for horses— through his effort.
“Dananonymous is the brainchild behind the concept … and they were doing a lot of good things raising money for causes,” Zipse says, adding that he’s thrilled Shapiro not only elected to give to ReRun, Inc. via Dananonymous, but is continuing to fundraise for the horse charity. “It’s kind of unique, and I hope more handicappers follow suit.”