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Bada Bing Inc.

Sunday Big Game on Derby Wars!

Derby Wars
By Tony Bada Bing 
 
Lots of big games today including the NFL’s conference championship games, but as far as we’re concerned Derby Wars $5,000 pot presents the biggest opportunity to cash with only 49 other tournament players to beat. Today’s action comes from Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita, so let’s get after it… 
  
Gulfstream Race 8, Optional Claimer, 1 mile turf 
 
The tight turns, most likely contested pace and a vulnerable favorite in Monument Hill means a closer at a price could get you off the snide and into the top spot early on. Consider Monument Hill’s last two wins were against straight claimers and you can see this company line may be just a tad above the six-year-olds abilities. With Exchange Kisses and Clear Attempt assuring an honest pace, two closers to strongly consider – Minnie Punt – stakes place with his New York breds and Middie – who has closed on both dirt and turf. I like the better price on Middie with Alex Solis aboard. 
 
Gulfstream Race 10, Optional Claimer, 1 1/16mile turf 
 
Let’s take one early and take one late here. Frolic’s Revenge has much experience in stakes company and has held herself in good account. Jockey Jose Lezcano should have this filly just off the lead in the middle of the track. Wholelottashakin had a lousy start in her last and still came within two lengths to of taking it all. Solis rides back which is a good sign. 
 
Gulfstream Race 11, Conditional Claimer, 1 1/16 mile turf 
 
Just take the longest shot likely to take the lead and who just might hang on – Road to Babylon.  
 
 
Santa Anita Race 4, San Pedro Stakes, 6 ½ furlongs 
 
Almost a certain play against for top two morning line choices – Midnight Transfer, who takes on winners for the first time and Drill, a promising two-year-old whose form has gone south of late. Sure either could win easily, but unless you’re playing it safe with a big lead in the Big Game pick someone else. Passing Game did not appear to get the best of trips last time out following a similar stake win at Golden Gate in November. He may want nothing to do with the natural dirt, but at odds that will probably close around 8-1, he is worth a try. 
 
Santa Anita Race 5, Maiden Claimer, 1 mile 
 
Here’s a no-nonsense angle to explore – when a trainer has two horses going in the same race, why not take the higher priced entry? Lady Ten goes first out for Bob Baffert, who has the morning line second choice in Bella’s Fantasy. Sure Lady Ten is first out going two turns, but Baffert strikes at 20% with such runners. And riddle me this Batman, why does Baffert’s top jock go with the 6-1 choice?  
 
Recap of last week’s Big Games 
 
Allow me to begin and end with a double tournament winner – Milton Pena, aka Milton60. The man took home the top prizes in the $1,500 Big Game and the 10-player $1,000 game last Sunday for total winnings of $850. Milton started strong in the $1,500 game by hitting four of the first five races. He would hit only one more, but it was a biggie with Starship Freedom, which paid the tournament capping $64 in the win-place format. Here’s hoping Milton took this weekend off to give us other Derby War players a chance! 
 
Recap complied by Josh Chicorelli  

 

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Older Comments about Sunday Big Game on Derby Wars!...

I only have 250 points and I spent 200 for one entry in the contest tommorrow
Broxtone - There are no promo codes yet. You can buy two entries if you want
Hey anyone know how to get a promo code so I can start with two entries instead of one in my first contest
I like your thinking in the San Pedro, Bada Bing ... Passing Game certainly could surprise!

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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.