TVG Host/Racing Analyst
With a father in the Marines, Todd Schrupp, born in Edina, Minn., lived many places during his boyhood.
The place he
remembers best is Camp Pendleton, near San Diego and not far from Del Mar Race Course.
In the summers of 1975 and 1976 he
father often went to the track.
taught himself to read The Daily Racing Form during those visits and developed his
lifelong love of horse racing.
When Larry Schrupp left the Marines, he
family back to Minnesota where Todd
became a good basketball player and an even more avid horse racing fan with the opening of Canterbury Downs (now Canterbury Park) at Shakopee in 1985.
senior year in high school and before leaving for Buena Vista College
in Iowa, he
got a job at the track in customer relations.
While studying in Iowa, Todd
missed Canterbury so much that he
transferred from Buena Vista
to the University of Minnesota
While studying there he
took a job in the track's marketing department, which led to a full-time position as in-house analyst-handicapper.
became a backup for track announcer Tony Bentley.
Canterbury's finances were shaky, however, and in 1991, with Bentley's help, Todd found a job at Calder Race Course in Miami as the in-house handicapper and backup track announcer to the legendary Phil Salzman.
While at Calder, Schrupp earned an Eclipse Award Honorable Mention for his piece on the accident in which Carla Wolfson, wife of trainer Marty Wolfson, was kicked and grievously injured by a horse named Mr. Angel.
In 1999, Todd
saw an ad in The Daily Racing Form for a new horse-racing network called TVG
sent tapes, then auditioned, and was one of the first on-air people hired.
career highlight, he
says, will always be his
involvement in the launch of TVG
Note to our Talkin' Horses readers:
received a very large number of questions for his
July 10 chat.
Because of this, Schrupp
has agreed to do this second week as the Talkin' Horses guest.
If your question did not get answered in the July 10 chat, Schrupp
will do his
best to get the remaining questions answered.
, Every time I'm handicapping a claiming race where a recent claim is making a significant jump in its claiming price for Tom Amoss, Autrey, Asmussen, Lake, or Dutrow I go a little crazy.
, Can you give us some "Horses and Trainers to Watch for" at the Del Mar meet?
, Why can't they reduce the Pick 6 to something less than a mandatory $2?
Look at it this way, if I took out a business loan and after proper licensing put together the resources for my own Internet Betting platform and ran "Todd Schrupp's
Betting Emporium" as a home based business, I may be an ADW, but am I the same thing as TVG
? Of course not.
, I watch TVG from India often and have to say you are the most astute handicapper on the show.
do you still consider yourself the "King" of 2-year-old racing?