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Long-Time DRF Employee Free-Rolls into April Shootout Win

Derby Wars hosted its biggest contest in their brief history this weekend with the $30,000 April Shootout taking place.  There were 195 entries at $175 apiece and the event consisted of 15 races from Aqueduct, Oaklawn on Arkansas Derby Day and Keeneland on Blue Grass Stakes Day.
 
Although many of the 15 contest races had double-digit field sizes, there were no big-priced winners in the tournament and the winning score from $15 mythical $2 win-place plays was merely $96.20.  And grinding out the victory was chuckk, Chuck Kuehhas from New York City, a long-time DRF employee whose name occasionally pops up in the selection boxes of 'America's Turf Authority'.
 
Kuehhas has been a massive Derby Wars supporter since its inception and because of the VIP points Chuck had in his Derby Wars account, he was able to enter a special $1000 free-roll last Thursday which entry was gained by using a large number (10,000) of VIP points.  From the $200 Kuehhas won in the $1000 free-roll when finishing as the runner-up in that game, he took $175 out of it, bought into the $30,000 April Shootout and went on to garner the $10,000 first prize.
 
"I had a decent start, and then with Daisy Devine winning, I thought I could be in the thick of it throughout.  But I only collected $7 in the next six races.  After getting through the Derby preps, with one race left, I was still on top.  Then I just needed to get the chalk home, without a limit horse finishing 2nd for one of the closer pursuers.  You know how that usually works.  So while my final total wasn't high, it was just a function of how the races played out."
 
Talking about the host of this weekend's big event, chuckk had this to say, "I'd like to thank the Derby Wars team for developing such a great site, one that is forhorseplayers made by horseplayers. You've help fill a large void.  The customer service is outstanding.  Keep up the good work."
 
From a solid cast which included recent NHC and HPWS winners, tournament veteran Darwin Labordo was the runner-up finishing just $3.60 behind Kuehhaswhile another Derby Wars regular, William Ortega, rounded out the trifecta finishing in 3rd-place.  Chris Bertolucci took down 2nd-place in the March Shootout and followed up that performance with a strong 4th-place finish in the April Shootout, missing out to Ortega by a paltry 20 cents for 3rd-place.
 
Here is a look at the Top Ten, please note there were payouts all the way down to 32nd-place:
 
1. chuckk, $96.20 ($10,000)
2. dlabordo, $92.60 ($5,000)
3. BromosDad, $86.00 ($2,500)
4. bigbert, $85.80 ($1,500)
5. guggie, $82,60 ($1,250)
6. BobD, $81.70 ($1,000)
7. mdoche, $80.60 ($900)
8. jayrob 27, $77.30 ($750)
9. affirmed, $76.20 ($600)
10. Roaddog 1964, $75.40 ($500)
 

Stay tuned for upcoming big announcements regarding Derby Wars and Kentucky Derby Day. 

 

By Dave Gutfreund 

 

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I would like to thank Derby Wars for the Flying G win a share of a race horse contest on Monday. It was a lot of fun. Travis Reese was the winner. He is now handicapping bloodlines on our 2yr old horses.
$10,000 is some righteous bucks!
Congratulations! I played my first DW tourney on Dubai World Cup day, and although I didn't cash, I found it enjoyable and VERY user-friendly. My first tourney certainly won't be my last!
$10,000 few a few hours of handicapping ... nice work if you can get it!

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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.