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Derby Wars NHC Qualifier: October 28th

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 Derby Wars NHC Qualifier: October 28th

As the last week of October dawned, there was much to look forward to: Halloween, of course, but the Breeders' Cup also lurked right around the corner.

Throughout the course of the month Derby Wars has hosted three NHC Qualifiers, each one as exciting as the next.  

Travis Reese has been making a name for himself as of late with two stong showings in the NHC Qualifier on 10/28 and the $15K Sunday Big Game on 10/23.  Known as 'tsreese' on Derby Wars, Travis won $4,000 in the Sunday Big Game and a $6,500 NHC seat last Friday.  Guess we'll be seeing Mr. Reese in Vegas!

Out of a field of 280, Travis ended up as the lone wolf atop the mountain with total earnings of $112.90.  Mr. Reese hit seven out of 12 races on the card, including the last two to solidify the win.  Travis' biggest strike on the day came on Wise Crossing in the eighth at Keeneland which paid $55.80 for the win-place format.

When asked about his handicapping style, Travis responded with "As far as how I handicap, my primary tool is Thoro-Graph.  Jerry Brown does a great job with this product and it's really helped me take my handicapping to the next level."

To date, Mr. Reese has won multiple online tournaments, including the $15K Big Game which was his largest cash ever.  Travis has also qualified for the NHC once before and is ecstatic about returning.  Well done Travis!


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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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