JP Fanshawe

  • joined Jan 20, 2009
  • last login Aug 22, 2014
  • posts 99
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Relentlessly positive, because I believe what one puts out, one gets back.

College: A School In West Virginia

Degrees: Literature and Philosophy

Masters: A School In New York City....for filmmaking.

Irony: Now I work in sales and land development. Every now and then I make a film.

Marital Status: Once-Divorced, now happily married. One child from first marriage, three children with my second wife.

Further comments: I love being a dad, a husband, a brother, and a son.
I love horse racing, baseball, chess, and the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Books: October Light by John Gardner, The Wild Palms by William Faulkner, Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Old Life by Donald Hall, Bodies in Motion and at Rest by Thomas Lynch, Radios by Jerome Stern, Small Wonders by Barbara Kingsolver, For The Time Being by Annie Dillard, Blood Horses by John Jeremiah Sullivan, Cathedrals of Kudzu by Hal Crowther, Gather At The River by Hal Crowther

Music: The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Howlin' Wolf, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, 311, Crowded House, Neil Finn, Hall and Oates, Paul Simon, Gomez, Sam Phillips, Bodeans, Prince, Tears For Fears, Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Sonny Boy Williamson II.

Movies: Kieslowski's Three Colors Trilogy, Rear Window, Vertigo, Unforgiven, Casablanca, Chinatown, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man, Major League, Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, City Lights, Moonstruck, Pleasantville, A River Runs Through It, Let It Ride, Goin' South, Groundhog Day, Seabiscuit, The Big Sleep.

Last Meal Request: Skinless chicken thighs in my soon-to-be famous Buffalo sauce, followed by a burger. Oh, and a boatload of beer.

Favorite Sports Moments Attended: Bob Walk's complete game win in the 1992 NLCS. WVU over Miami in 1993. WVU over Pitt and Virginia Tech every single time it happened since 1990. WVU over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Every single time I have spent a day at the races at Keeneland.

Credos: Do what's right. Apologize when you're wrong. Eat less, do more. Listen. Never leave a waiter or waitress less than three dollars. And, in a phrase borrowed from Paul Auster: "To say, what else matters?" ..

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Pittsburgh Pirates
  • NFL Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NCAAF West Virginia Mountaineers
  • NCAAB West Virginia Mountaineers
  • NHL Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Soccer Everton FC
  • General Sunday Silence, Unbridled, AP Indy, Point Given, Rock Hard Ten, Afleet Alex, Ghostzapper, The Tin Man, Zenyatta
User Blog

JP's Belmont Undercard Picks

There's a great card taking place before the Belmont Stakes; let's take a look at some of the top action on the day.

Fanshawe's Betmix Belmont Pick

What does a mix of handicapping factors built around what has been successful in Graded Stakes at Belmont say about this Belmont Stakes? Watch and See.

JP Makes The Perfect Mint Julep

JP shares his Mint Julep recipe in this concise video! The Derby isn't complete without The Perfect Mint Julep.

Yodny Cajuste Signs With WVU

WVU beats back Florida to win over this lineman.

NHC Day 2 Play-Along Thread


Let's pretend we're in the big room at Treasure Island! Play-along with fellow Stretchers!

Say Goodbye To Hollywood


Some videos and pictures focused on the closing of an old horse racing jewel.

Five Gift Ideas For The Horseplayer In Your Life


Here a few Christmas gift suggestions for the horseplayer in your life!

Groupie Doll Brings 3.1 Million to Bradleys


The connections hated to put her up for sale...but in this business, that kind of money can keep you going for a long time.

Sixer Thoughts


Six quick thoughts on WVU Football.

Smart Football Looks At WVU's Offensive Woes


Chris B. of and has given the Air Raid offense a lot of thought. Here, he answers some questions from JP Fanshawe about why Hoglorsen's version of it is struggling...

Smoking Musket Mailbag: Baylor Beatdown Edition


See what some (relatively) famous people had to say to the Musket after last Saturday's tough loss to Baylor.

Monzante Dies On Track In Evangeline Claimer


Good Lord, this is a horrible story. This gelded former winner of the Eddie Read and Breeder's Cup participant just fell through the ranks, to the lowest level and was clearly running when he no longer should have been. We really need to get to a point where we have as much transparency with a horse's medical charts as we do his PP's.

What To Do With *Alleged* Cheaters?


I am the kind of handicapper that really trusts trainer win percentages. But every time I see a trainer north of 30 percent, I worry that syringes are involved even as I play the horse. And then...

Preakness Hangover Sunday Thread


I haven't got much to do this join me for some late afternoon 'capping of Belmont, Churchill, and Hollywood.

Video: The Perfect Mint Julep

JP shares his Mint Julep recipe in this concise video! The Derby isn't complete without The Perfect Mint Julep.

A Handicapping Revolution? Introducing Betmix

2 is an advanced handicapping program that is incredibly easy to tailor to your style. New to handicapping and want to have a Derby opinion? Betmix is for you. JP interviews its creator,...

Fanshawe Goes to the Horse Player World Series

There may be no handicapping grind like the one that one experiences when playing in any tournament held at The Orleans in Las Vegas. The crown jewel of the Orleans/Coast Casino tournaments is the...

Punter Nick O'Toole Officially A Mountaineer

WVU adds another much needed leg to this class.

Sunday Santa Anita Mythical Handicapping Contest

Yesterday, a pro handicapper named Jim Benes took home the DRF/NTRA 14th Annual National Handicapping Contest. So what if we weren't in that room. We can still hone our skills!

WVU Traded A Copy For An Original


Dana Holgorsen has deeper roots in the Spread Offense...which is why Rich Rodriguez is pretty much going to be forgotten.

Holgorsen's Offense In Year Two: What Can Mountaineer Fans Expect?

This is the third time in Dana Holgorsen's career that he has gotten a shot at a second year with an offense. What can WVU Mountaineer fans expect?

2012 Preakness Results: I'll Have Another Nabs Second Jewel of Triple Crown


I'll Have Another positioned himself for a run at history in the Belmont Stakes three weeks from now with a thrilling stretch drive victory over Bodemeister in today's 137th running of the...

A Great Piece of Pre-Derby Writing by ESPN's Paul Moran


I just came across this excellent piece. It is easy to understand how this man has won two media Eclipse awards.

Kentucky Derby 138: A Look At How Horses In The Field Have Fared Against A Hot Pace


Who Has the Best Shot at The Kentucky Derby If The Pace Is Fast?

2012 Wood Memorial: Preview And Picks


A preview of the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday, April 7th.

Zenyatta Gives Birth To 130-pound Colt


No pressure, dude. Just be, like, the greatest racehorse, ever.

Jeff Casteel Leaving For Arizona?


Will the Orange Bowl be Jeff Casteel's swan song at WVU? I would think the man should only leave for a head-coaching gig. If it's true that he is headed to Arizona, isn't that a lateral move?

Fanshawe's Degenerate Gambler's Poll - Bowl Game Edition


The Smoking Musket Presents Fanshawe's Degenerate Gambling Poll - Bowl Game Edition

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