Posted Sunday, April 06, 2014
Princess of Sylmar sailed home taking the Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct, the place where the four-time grade one stakes winner first showed she might have some quality.
Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014
In this part of my interview with Matt Bernier, the youngest player reveals, among other things, his go-to bet and what he learned for his fellow Horseplayers.
Posted Saturday, February 22, 2014
Seven months after HRN interviewed West Point Thoroughbred President Terry Finley about the promise of owning juveniles, Commanding Curve holds Derby dreams for the partners.
Posted Sunday, February 09, 2014
In the first of two parts, Bernier reveals his improbable leap from online gambler to Esquire TV's youngest cast member of Horseplayer.
Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The greatest compliment one can give Horseplayers, is it’s real.
Posted Saturday, November 09, 2013
If you watch one Breeders' Cup 2013 video this year, this should be the one. Follow along as Tony Bada Bing takes you for an up close and personal look at all the action.
Posted Saturday, November 02, 2013
Princess of Sylmar finished last in the Bredeers' Cup Distaff ending a magical season and her string of Grade 1 wins
Posted Thursday, October 31, 2013
While it may appear Ed Stanco has pulled a last minute audible to the Breeders' Cup, he simply follows Princess of Sylmar's lead.
Posted Thursday, October 17, 2013
Princess of Sylmar's nomination fee is going in, and she only has a maintenance workout out a Belmont before heading to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Distaff
Posted Monday, September 30, 2013
As far as royal families go the Stancos hardly ring a bell with anyone outside the world of Thoroughbreds. Take some time to find out about the man behind Princess of Sylmar.
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Tony Bada Bing began his lifelong quest of finding winners more than 35 years ago as a fifth grade student. This is when his grandfather first took him to the many Off Track Betting facilities sprinkled throughout Long Island, NY. While many kids his age were clamoring to hit the beach or an amusement park during summer vacation, Bada Bing was spending it in stuffy, smoked-filled rooms filled with retirees and reprobates listening to Marshall Cassidy on tape delay calling Saratoga.

This passion was further lit by his father, who took Bada Bing to East Boston's Suffolk Downs, only after Bada Bing learned to read the Racing Form. For most of his young adult life a summer rotation of NY OTB, Suffolk, and the now shuddered Rockingham Park in Salem, NH filled his betting days. 

Notable winners along the way: Willow Hour's and Runaway Groom's Travers wins as well as Derby winners Grindstone, Thunder Gulch (which he called in print the day before) and Super Saver. His latest quest is to hit the Kentucky Derby superfecta.

Bada Bing plays tournaments at Derby Wars, bets through several account wagering sites and has blogged about Thoroughbred racing for the past four years. He prefers the bigger meets of NYRA and California as well as seasonal meets of Gulfstream, Churchill and Oaklawn. He likes vertical, multirace wagers like Pick 4s.

He has produced several Horse Racing Nation videos, in addition to blogging. He can be found at Twitter @tonycbadabing. While away from the track Bada Bing enjoys time with his wife, who tolerates and supports his passion, and his two children.