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Shanghai Bobby Talks!

With the proliferation of Thoroughbred horses “starting” Twitter accounts, I thought it time to capitalize on this growing social/equine media trend and propose a “Tweeter-view” with one of the many three-year-olds vying to be the next Kentucky Derby champion. With such a great idea, why not start with last year’s two-year-old champion, Shanghai Bobby? To my surprise, when queued to follow me and direct message back and forth, Shanghai Bobby accepted!


With tongue firmly placed in my cheek and of the horse responding, I tried to get at the psyche of the equine athlete and his human handlers. What follows is 10 questions and answers in 140 characters or less. To preserve the nature of our 140-character conversation in the Twitter world, the Q & A is printed verbatim from our direct messaging.


(You can actually see where Shanghai Bobby got a little excited and put in two tweets to one question. Shockingly, it was about a toy he loves to play with outside his barn. Equines….)


I hope this will be one of many “tweeter-views” of those horses plugged into the new digital medium. Without further ado, Shanghai Bobby…












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Shanghai Bobby is quite talkative and was a great interview. He's so busy it took a few days. Today I have lined up a special pre and post race tweeter-view with his stablemate Violence and Goldencents is possible for next week. Fun stuff.
Who does he think will win the Oscar for best picture?
i talk to him on facebook at least once a week! he told me i was one of his favorite fans, hes definitely my favorite horse. i absolutely love Bobby & his connections.
Loved this, especially the part about the black blinkers. TAP's social media folks should get a raise; such engagement simply raises the profile of the sport.
Best idea ever! I love how excited Bobby got when talking about his jolly ball.
I love that Q & A, Tony. Great idea!


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.