Two more scintillating performances highlighted the Kentucky Derby prep action on Saturday, but it was the dazzling play of Tim Bullock that captured the DerbyWars $10,000 Saturday Game! Bullock, known as "jeebs" on the leaderboard, made smart plays at Aqueduct throughout the game to move into 6th place by the final contest race.
"I ... needed a Hail Mary. Patriots Rule didn't look like the best horse, but it was a wide-open field, and Robertino Diodoro is one to sneak a longshot through the cracks," he said. "I took a shot, and watching the race with my 7 month old Blake in tow, saw Patriots Rule make a sustained run to win and pay the $50 cap for Win/Place. Checking the chart, nobody in front of me had tabbed that horse, so I was certain that I had just pulled off the win. When the final result went up, I was speechless. Still am."
His $114.40 final score was more than enough to take down the $5,000 First Prize and secure his spot in the $50,000 Blue Grass Day Game!
Runner-up was Frank Polk (Blaster) with a score of $108.60 to grab the $1,500 second prize, and perennial DerbyWars winner, Barbara Bowley (Sophia), ran third with a final score of $88.70. Polk and Bowley also qualified for the $50K game.
Winner Tim Bullock resides in Ballston Spa, New York, a stone's throw from Saratoga, and spent his formative years at the hallowed track.
"I've been a fan for close to 25 years, and being from the Albany area (originally from Cohoes, now Ballston Spa), Saratoga is my home turf! I went to college at Oneonta State, and became friends with the infamous Travis Stone (DerbyWars co-founder and just-named new announcer at Monmouth Park)! We used to spend hours in our dorm room poring over the Form and making random road trips to the track," said Bullock. "My handicapping style focuses primarily on pace (I have always been enthralled by the teachings of Sartin, Quirin, Brohamer, Ted Craven and Dave Schwartz) and I am a multi-race player at heart. My close friends Jerry "Oldguy" Brown (father of Chad Brown) and Don Taylor have also been instrumental in my development as a horseplayer. Most importantly, my wife Lisa and my son Blake are my world and give me all the love and luck in the world!"
For new DerbyWars players, he has the following advice: "Don't give up! Don't be afraid to take chances, even if it is a simple leap of faith! I was not at my best and happened to fall into the right place at the right time."