WHAT IS DANONYMOUS RACING
DanonymousRacing.com was launched in early 2013 as a site for horse racing fans to share stories, handicapping advice and anything else that would encourage unity among those who enjoy the sport. Since then, DanonymousRacing.com has not only established itself as one of the most popular fan-driven racing news and handicapping sites, it has also built the largest and most passionate network of support through social media.
During multiple fundraising efforts over the years, donors have helped DanonymousRacing.com raise tens of thousands of dollars for thoroughbred aftercare and various other industry charities. It is our goal to continue to spread good will within the industry, while growing our community of racing enthusiasts, handicappers and contributors. Speaking of, scroll down to meet our team.
Note: All contributors write for DanonymousRacing.com on a voluntary and unpaid basis. This site is operated as a public service to horse players and racing enthusiasts. As such, contributors provide content as an expression of their passion for racing and knowledge on the process of race analysis. The views of contributors do not necessary reflect those of this website.
Dan Tordjman – Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Dan Tordjman graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He spent nearly a decade as TV news reporter working for local affiliates ABC, CBS and NBC in the Midwest and Southeast. In addition to running DanonymousRacing.com, Dan is a contributor to various other publications and a regular writer covering racing in Maryland and West Virginia for Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Magazine. Dan is also a proud ambassador and correspondent for The Jockey Club’s social and digital media fan-development initiative, America’s Best Racing. If you’d like to contact Dan, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Piassek – Columnist, Handicapper (Mid-Atlantic), Managing Editor
John Piassek is DanonymousRacing.com’s regular Mid-Atlantic handicapper, primarily covering racing in Maryland and New Jersey. John is an aspiring race track announcer, marketer and writer. In addition to his weekly picks and analysis on the site, John also writes the “Mid-Atlantic Musings” column which covers hot-button issues impacting racing in the region and beyond. John graduated from Loyola University Maryland in May of 2018, with a degree in business administration, marketing concentration.
Stephen Wong – International Handicapper
Stephen Wong has covered international racing on DanonymousRacing.com since 2014. He’s the go-to handicapper for racing in Australia and Dubai. In addition to providing coverage of Melbourne Cup and Dubai World Cup, he has also shared insights at Royal Ascot and other racing carnivals. On occasion, Stephen has even dabbled in some U.S. racing analysis, as well. He’s based in New York where he works in the finance industry. In another life, he was also worked as a betting clerk at one of the city’s famous Off-Track-Betting facilities.
Nicolle Neulist – Contributor (Chicago)
Nicolle Neulist first appeared on Danonymous Racing with a “Why We Love This Game” story in November of 2013, and has contributed full-card analysis for many of Hawthorne’s and Arlington’s biggest race days since the spring of 2014. A denizen of the Windy City Thoroughbred tracks week in and week out, Nicolle loves to share both opinions and enthusiasm for her home circuit. Nicolle discusses Chicago racing, Curlin babies, and other racing topics on her site, Blinkers Off. Nicolle also writes the Chicago Railbird column at ShapperDaCapper, and covers stakes racing in Illinois and nationwide at Picks and Ponderings.
Sebastian Piscuskas – Handicapper (California)
Sebastian Piscuskas is a regular handicapper on DanonymousRacing.com, covering racing at Santa Anita. His selections and analysis appear on the site every Friday. Sebastian considers himself a “pedigree fanatic” and says that’s where he starts when it comes to handicapping the races. Among his most impressive scores came in 2016 when he hit Rainbow-6 at Gulfstream Park on a $1.20 ticket. You can catch Sebastian on Shapperdacapper.com and as a guest on the BARN with Jason Beem.
Sean Alvarez – Handicapper (California)
Sean is an assistant golf professional in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, where he was introduced to horse racing by members of the club. Sean has been playing the horses for three years and says he’s “learning more and more about the game each day.” Sean’s greatest accomplishment at the track would have to be hitting the Pick 6 wager at over eight tracks in the past year including Del Mar, Santa Anita, Los Alamitos, Turf Paradise, Portland Meadows, Saratoga, Belmont and Gulfstream Park. Look out for Sean’s picks on Danonymous Racing.
Scott Shapiro – Contributor
Scott Shapiro is a professional handicapper who was one of DanonymousRacing.com’s earliest guest handicappers. After initially providing picks and analysis on the site, he launched a regular “Race of the Week” series, focusing primarily on Kentucky Derby preps and other major races leading up to the Breeders’ Cup. Scott eventually launched his own website, Shapperdacapper.com, providing his own racing analysis, as well as those of contributing handicappers. Scott is also the host of a newly launched video series called “Shap ‘Cap” on Horse Racing Nation, for which he serves as a racing correspondent.
Dan Montessano – Contributor
Dan Montesano graduated with a degree in English/Journalism from the University of Delaware. He currently works in special education in New Jersey. He first contributed to Danonymous Racing in 2015. He spends most of his summers at Monmouth Park and Saratoga. Dan got the horse racing bug from his father at an early age and has been hooked ever since. Dan contributes a variety of pieces, as well as handicapping. Dan also covers Monmouth Park for shapperdacapper.com.
Ryan Dickey – Contributor
Ryan Dickey is a full-time firefighter in Dearborn, MI, and a life-long horse racing fan and handicapper. Ryan’s work has been published on DanonymousRacing.com since the early days of the site. In addition to his horse racing analysis, Ryan is a freelance writer and photojournalist covering local high school sports and community events for multiple outlets, including bi-weekly newspapers and has over 200 works published to date. He is the president of @FirehouseRacing, which in 2016 sponsored a fundraising drive on DanonymousRacing.com, raising $2,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Jonathan Murrietta – Contributor
Jonathan Murrietta is a freelance writer and broadcaster at large in the Greater Los Angeles area. He has filed several reports for DanonymousRacing.com from his home track of Santa Anita. Currently, he is pursuing stories for Thoroughbred Daily News, Long Beach 908 Magazine, and can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Down the Stretch, a horse racing show that airs every Saturday morning on Channel 93 Rush. A racing fan from a very young age, Murrietta recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.