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Bada Bing Inc.

Saratoga Opens for 2014 - VIDEO

Saratoga Opens for 2014 - VIDEO
Photo: Matt Shifman

 

For Saratoga 151, I decided to shoot an entire video with my IPhone. For some context, 25 years ago I walked away from Westfield State College with a bachelor's degree in television production. Everything I did on my phone yesterday and published today would have taken about $25,000 in dedicated technology and hours upon hours to edit. I completed this video while my wife drove us to dinner. 

Now it's not the highest quality, but I hope it gives you a sense of some of the views from the paddock to the finish line at one my favorite places. I'm still learning, so the box view you see is something I'll look to correct for future features. Enjoy. 

 

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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.