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 email@example.com.
Billy Blake – Handicapper (West Coast)
Billy Blake is DanonymousRacing.com’s regular West Coast handicapper, covering racing at Santa Anita and Del Mar. On a weekly basis he provides picks and analysis from California, which became his home base in late 2015. His full time job is working as a producer with XBTV, a new digital HD online horse racing network. Prior to joining XBTV, Billy worked as a reporter and handicapper with Saratoga Special. Among the highlights on Billy’s handicapping resume was qualifying for the NHC in 2015.
John Piassek – Columnist, Handicapper (Mid-Atlantic)
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 does all of that while being a full-time student at Loyola University.
Candice Hare – Columnist, Analyst
Candice Hare was born and raised in Southern California where she graduated from the University of California: Riverside with a degree in mathematics. Since 2013, she has been featured prominently on DanonymousRacing.com with her regular columns “Here’s Why…” and, more recently, “Closing In On Churchill”. Candice works as the international racing analyst for @HorsePlayerNow and can be found weekly on The Fast Track on @Fox1340AM. Candice also handicaps races on her website ‘Capping with Candice and is the co-host of a weekly YouTube race preview show entitled “Down to the Wire.”
Mark DiLorenzo – Handicapper (East Coast)
Mark DiLorenzo has been a featured handicapper on DanonymousRacing.com since late 2015. He primarily focuses on East Coast tracks, having grown up around Monmouth Park and Saratoga with his best friend, his father Mark DiLorenzo Sr. Although he works full-time for an investment management company in New York City, Mark still sets aside dozens of hours each week to handicap while utilizing any and every tool he can get his hands on – DRF Formulator, Ragozin Sheets, Timeform and Brisnet pedigree reports. You can find Mark’s picks and analysis at Gulfstream Park in the winter, and in New York in the Spring and Summer.
Ryne Olsen – Handicapper (Northeast)
Ryne Olsen started appearing on DanonymousRacing.com during the 2015 Saratoga meet. He had so much initial success that he became a regular presence on the site. Ryne currently covers Saturday cards in New York during the winter and in New Jersey during the summer. Among his handicapping accomplishments, Ryne has finished in the top 10 in NHC qualifiers in 2015 and 2016. He was also a top 10 SSC NHC Invitational Tournament finisher. Ryne has made appearances as a guest analyst on various programs, including TVG.
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.
Brett Strong – Handicapper
Brett Strong is a Kentucky guy through and through but he has become a regular weekend contributor covering races at Santa Anita on DanonymousRacing.com. He works as general manager at a Men’s Warhorse in Lexington, not far from his home track of Keeneland. In the fall, you can find Brett’s picks and analysis at Keeneland, which is where he developed his passion for racing. It was also the site of his biggest score to date, a $17,000 Pick-4. You can catch Brett’s work on the site on most Sundays.
Andrew Calvano – Handicapper (Northeast)
Andrew Calvano has been a regular on Danonymous Racing since 2015. He follows the New York racing circuit closely and he has contributed weekly writeups at Aqueduct during the winter. Andrew attends St. John’s University, studying sports management and business administration. At his school, he has become known as “the horse racing guy” and Andrew has utilized social media to generate interest in horse racing on his campus. In addition to handicapping for this site, Andrew works as a specialist on NYRA circuit. You can also find his regular selections and analysis on The Tournament Edge.
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.
Stephen Pozzuoli – Contributor
Stephen Pozzuoli is one of DanonymousRacing.com’s newest contributors. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and actually wasn’t introduced to racing until he met his fiancé in 2009. He has been “hooked ever since” and is looking for opportunities to eventually begin a career in racing. For now, he works in the finance industry and handicaps when and where he can. Stephen has started a tradition of spending the last two weeks of summer at his favorite place on earth, Saratoga. His best day at the track was on Belmont Stakes day 2015, having not only witnessed a Triple Crown but also cashing the early Pick-4 and Pick-5.
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.