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California Chrome Tells All

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Photo: Gary Quill


Just one week out from his historic attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown Champion, California Chrome sat down with me to share his thoughts and feelings heading into the big day. Well, actually he didn't sit with me, we tweeted back and forth over the course of a few nights. I had to be patient as the big fella still hasn't mastered his hoove-pad, but he certainly has a lot to say. So much so that he has about 12,000 followers on Tweeter. Hence, our Twitterview.

Below you'll find some thoughtful commentary, a keen sense of humor and even what kind of music the three-year-old California-bred listens to back at the barn. So sit back and enjoy a little light entertainment before the running of 146th Belmont Stakes.  









































































































































































































And there it is straight from, ah, the horse's mouth - just one who is trying to make history on June 7, 2014. 


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Awesome and creative job Tony! My favorite @CalChrome tweet was right after the SA Derby, it simply read, "Nuff said."
Tony, I really enjoyed the interview! Found myself laughing - really entertaining and fun ! Thanks for sharing! #Chromie
I'm with @CalChrome. I, too, prefer the Van Hagar years of Van Halen! It was tough getting very close to your barn this morning.
Very entertaining! Enjoyed it. But at the beginning of your article you said the 13th Triple Crown winner. He will be the 12th.

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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.


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