Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017

It’s not rocket science, although it is your money you’ll be betting on the 2017 Breeders’ Cup this weekend. With this in mind, allow me to pass on three straightforward keys to betting the championships at Del Mar successfully.

1) Back your strongest opinions with Win bets. 

Nine years ago I loved Desert Code in the Turf Sprint, wheeling him in two Pick 3 plays. Desert Code won that day at a whopping 30-1, and I didn’t cash one ticket on him even though I loved his chances. Why? I didn’t back the horse I liked the most with a straight Win bet. In hindsight, maybe I was too greedy or just plain stupid in not tossing $10 to win on him, which would have returned $300. Don’t make the same mistake. Place that Win bet on your best bet each day! 

2) Have a plan 

Play to your strength. Whether it’s Daily Doubles, Superfectas, Pick 4s, etc. You know you better than anyone else, so don’t follow someone else’s prospect for a score if it doesn’t match how you wager. In addition, create a budget and stick to it.

When gamblers lose, they tend to impulsively chase bets that will return the money they have lost. In behavioral economics this is known as loss aversion; it’s theorized that people feel losses twice as much as gains. We work hard to avoid loses and tend to react -- or overreact -- when we occur them. In our horse betting realm we may think to ourselves, “I really like this horse up next, and I need to win back the money I’ve lost so far today.” Not wise. A plan can help you stay within your own constraints when you start to lose.

My plan is to bet $850, primarily on Pick 4/5 wagers. The Pick 5 has been my bread and butter of late, so I’m staying with it. Since only Saturday’s Pick 5 uses Breeders’ Cup races, I’ll play a few Pick 4s as well -- the last four Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and Saturday. If I lose, I’ll be tempted to makes some last minute wagers, but will hopefully refrain. I never recoup my losses anyway.

3) Enjoy the day! 

You're going to be surprised by some performances, hopefully some you predicted and some that will blow up your tickets. But please enjoy these Breeders’ Cup moments. The best of the best Thoroughbreds -- amazing athletes that train and race for our viewing pleasure -- will be on display. We are fortunate to have the money to  wager on them.

Now, go make some money while watching equine history!

PS: I’m spreading far and wide in the first four legs of Saturday’s Pick 5 and singling with Lady Aurelia in the Turf Sprint. It will be the largest play of the weekend for me and looks like this before scratches and track conditions: 1,10,11,14/1,2,5,6/1,3,4,5,10/1,4,6,7,10,11,12,13/3 for $320.

Posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017
A glance at the field heading into next month's race at Del Mar.
Posted Sunday, June 25, 2017
I agree with my mate, Brian Zipse, that Ascot, and Royal Ascot in particular, is a place unto itself.
Posted Saturday, May 6, 2017
Sorry I’m a little late following up with my Kentucky Derby 2017 superfecta tickets, but with $1,600 to bet on the Derby coming from 24 friends, there was much collecting, depositing, handicapping and betting to be done. So it’s now time for a brief rundown of Derby hopefuls I included and the two superfecta tickets punched.
Posted Monday, May 1, 2017
Time again for Bada Bing to chase his Kentucky Derby Holy Grail - the superfecta. In his first step he tosses out colts he feels are unlikely to hit the board.
Posted Friday, April 28, 2017
Working off his own set of Kentucky Derby betting mistakes, Bada Bing supplies some helpful advice to keep you from flushing your Derby bets down the toilet.
Posted Sunday, April 23, 2017
It's time Kentucky Derby Hopefuls got the same treatment as professional athletes - their own post parade entrance songs. DJ Bada Bing takes you through the top 20 Derby hopefuls of 2017.
Posted Saturday, November 5, 2016
The margins of victory, defeat and even decency in sport and life can be so narrow, so often that we are reduced to hyperbole or cliche in their description. Thank goodness we play the games and run the races, as daily living reaches for something beyond the mundane, “heart of a champion,” or whatever words follow the actual title earned.
Posted Tuesday, September 6, 2016
As the Earth slowly tips on its axis away from the sun here in the Northern Hemisphere, the horse racing world shifts its gaze from the boutique meet of Saratoga to the championship season down state and beyond. The chilly air that follows a boundless, sun-filled summer is both welcomed and met with regret.
Posted Monday, July 18, 2016
The storied track will host meeting #152 this Friday to the happy hearts of fans and bettors alike.
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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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