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Bada Bing Inc.

New Name, Same Bing

Sopranos
Photo: HBO

What's in a name? 

I once worked for a race track - to be unnamed - that opened and hastily closed its meet prematurely, a few weeks later, without ever hanging a sign out front. I could argue that said, lack of signage played a role to such a quick demise. 

While I have had a sign post here the past two years at HRN, it's been under a guise that I started, but really hasn't mirrored me for a while. Way back when I first saw Derby Wars, I emailed its co-founder, Mark Midland, offering my services to blog about the games and tournament winners. To my surprise, Mark agreed and connected me with Brian Zipse, managing editor of  Horse Racing Nation where the blog would stand.

And for a time I did just what I set out to do - wrote about upcoming tournaments, provided some tournament analysis and interviewed some winners. Unfortunately, I burned out quickly as demands of my life beyond the weekly blog easily outweighed reading past performances and arranging interviews. Fortunately, Zipse let me stay on and blog under the heading I started with, DerbyWars, even though I blogged on a wide range of topics and interests outside the tournament site and at my leisure.

This all means...not much, but a name change is something to celebrate. So I will do so!

Like my colleague Matt Shifman, who tweets and writes under the nom de plume, Andy Scoggin, my horse racing pen is Tony Bada Bing. It has been so since I started my own blog A Leg Up, more than four years ago. I choose the name and still enjoy using it - Tony Bada Bing -  as it has a certain cadence, ring and connotation to it.

Why a pen name, you may ask? Besides it sounding better and bringing smiles to people who hear or read it, public education pays my bills. Horse racing is a thoroughly legal enterprise, but to hear that your daughter's principal travels to, writes about and creates videos about the sport might lead some parents to believe my head and my heart are not necessarily in the right place. I equally exist in both places despite what anybody may think, but I have shied against casting a negative perception of myself. Thus, Tony Bada Bing…

A little "bada bing" history. It's first popular culture reference comes from the Godfather. James Caan's Sonny Corelone uses "bada bing" in describing a hit on a rival. Much more recent cultural reference would be the "Bada Bing" - the strip club that served as Tony Sopranos headquarters. While these references come from mafioso theater, for my purposes, it's simply a play on the Urban Dictionary's meaning for bada bing bada boom - viola, it's done. Stop by my blog, Bada Bing Inc., you'll see or read something unlike any other place, no problem.

Recently, my mother-in-law asked how to find my blog at Horse Racing Nation (a new fan) and when I started to explain how to get here, it sounded convoluted even to me, the writer. A few days later, Zipse called to ask if I'd like to change my blog name. Talk about serendipity? So here I am at Bada Bing Inc., a blog more reflective of me.

And so here you are, reading, either for the first time or returning under my new blog heading. For the newbies, what else can you expect? Some wit, some wisdom and some wackiness. Besides intermittent musings, you'll see lots of videos as I have found a new passion in producing, editing and presenting videos showcasing the sport's equine athletes and their human connections. Next up will be pre-race videos of Princess of Slymar in the Alabama Stakes and Palace Malice in the Travers Stakes, so click on back.

Please don't be afraid to provide some feedback, offer suggestions or just enjoy what you see or hear. Bada Bing, Inc. aims to keep you informed - fugedabodit!

 

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Older Comments about New Name, Same Bing...

Yah, if you win semmingly easily at first, there is a "ritual of fire" to follow.
I used to go there before they expanded it to furlongs...You should have seen it when it was the smallest bull ring out there. Went the first time right before my "ritual of fire" (rookie realization as to how difficult this game is) before inaugural Oak Tree meeting.
I pretty much hate that Fairplex meeting. Blown turns, riders falling off every day.
Fairplex to be now called Barret's Race Meeting at Fairplex??? You've got to be kidding!!
Not to mention the math lesson everyone is trying to learn.
Keep up the battle. Once they get around ONE horse they will love it. Hope it works out for you.
Andy- Ever thought of maybe taking the kids to a riding stable first?. Get them around the horses away from the track, and the Gambling aspect.
The school I where I work, frequently asks the teachers to provide interesting summer activities to be tweeted out. They have never tweeted any information about my roll as a turf writer even though I have submitted ideas several times. They should be proud that one of their faculty members is a well respected sports writer, but to some gambling still has a bad image. I understand Tony's POV.
I don't think you should be worried what people would think of a high school principal being a horse racing fan I think there's something very boring about non-fans. But, if you need to keep that part of your life separate, that's your thing. I read everything, but I don't always comment. Wish there was a nod, I agree, button. GL w/your blog and at the races.
Wait ... You're a high school principal???

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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.