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Derby Wars Weekend Recap: Breeders' Cup Edition

Derby Wars Weekend Recap: Breeders' Cup Edition

The newest online tournament site Derby Wars held its first set of tournaments for the Breeders' Cup this past weekend.  As with the races themselves the contests were full of action and drama.  Derby Wars held its first two two-day contests featuring all of the Breeders' Cup stakes races.  David Goodhand took down the $1,500 15-Race Survivor and Jim O'Nail nailed the two-day $500 contest. 

$1,500 BC 15-Race Survivor:

David Goodhand and Bill Downes were the only two participants to survive day-one of the two-day BC Survivor contest.  The tournament started with 317 handicappers and featured all 15 Breeders' Cup races from Friday and Saturday.  As the tourney started back-up on Saturday, it would last no-longer than the three minutes in which it took Afleet Again to stamp himself into Breeders' Cup history.  David Goodhand AKA Therealgoody would be the one to survive the gauntlet as Birdrun finished second to Afleet Again in the BC Marathon (Gr. II).  Ending up with seven strikes on the day, Mr. Goodhand took home a prize of $1,500.  Congratulations David!!  

$500 BC 2-Day Point Contest:

The other contest Derby Wars hosted over the weekend was the $500 BC two-day tourney.  There were 250 participants that lined up to take on the 15-race event and after the first day of play Brian 'brianwspencer' Spencer and Travis 'tsreese' Reese were sitting atop the leaderboard.  Day-two would bring a lot of excitement however as the long-shots started tallying up wins.  Just as Mr. Spencer thought he had the contest wrapped up, Drosselmeyer came storming down the stretch to nip Game On Dude at the wire.  This was the strike that pushed Jim O'Nail (jimonail) into first and Brian Spencer into second.  Drosselmeyer paid $44.80 for the win-place format and was Jims' biggest hit on the day.  Overall, Mr. O'Nail had seven wins throughout the two-day affair and ended up earning $159.40.  Jim took home the top prize of $250.  Brian Spencer held on for second winning $150 and Janos Doczi took third for $100.  Good job you three.

Be sure to check out Derby Wars in the future for more tournament action!!


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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.


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