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Derby Wars Weekend Recap: Oct. 21st - 23rd

 Derby Wars Weekend Action Oct. 21st – 23rd

The online tournament site Derby Wars rattled off another successful week. Capped off by the Big 3 Tournaments last weekend, the action was nothing short of thrilling.  Friday’s $10,000 NHC Qualifier featuring a field of 300 was topped by Phil Hoedebeck.  Saturday’s $5,000 contest was won in a come-from-behind fashion by Joe Koury and Sunday’s $15,000 Big Game was taken by Travis Reese.

$10,000 NHC Qualifier

The weekend started off hot as Phil Hoedebeck (or better known as Stacked on Derby Wars) bested a field of 300 to take home the $6,500 NHC Seat.  Hoedebeck only hit four races out of the twelve race card for a total of $91.20.  Phil’s biggest win on the day came in the tenth race of the contest by sticking with longshot Daisy Devine.  The filly paid $64.00 in the win-place effort and gave him a great shot at winning the contest.  “Stacked” had to cash in on the last race of the tourney to clinch the NHC berth and that is just what he did. Picking High On Kitten in the tenth at Keeneland, the $8.80 strike boosted him to first place and saved him a seat in Las Vegas this January.  Hoedeback also finished fourth in this contest with his other ticket totaling $81.60.

In the past two months, Phil has qualified for the Horse Player World Series (HPWS), the Twin Spires Championship, and the NHC Championship.  He also qualified for the NHC back in 2009 as well.  Good job Phil!

The FINAL $25 NHC Qualifier is THIS FRIDAY - sign up early and don’t miss it!

$5,000 Saturday Game

Saturday’s $5,000 Guaranteed game was won in stunning fashion by Joe “JoeK” Koury.  Cashing in on the last five races, Koury’s earnings totaled $144.10 which was enough to send him back to the winners circle for a second straight weekend.  Joe also took down last Sunday’s $15,000 Big Game as well.  Koury hit two longshots in the final sprints of the contest which ultimately propelled him into first.  In the tenth at Keeneland, Joe struck gold with Kitchenman for $64.00 and again with Lakerville for $56.20 at Santa Anita.  
When asked about his two key victories, Koury said, “Kitchenman was the cap horse that got me into the running.  The horse that put me over the top in the last race was Lakerville, an Unusual Heat first-timer that received high marks on HTR.”  
You could be the next Joe Koury - play the $5K Guaranteed Game Saturday!

$15,000 Sunday Big Game

The weekend’s Big Finale was the $15,000 Sunday Big Game.  Travis Reese, also known as “Tsreese” showed the rest of the 117 member field what it is like to hit ones stride.  Reese cashed in on seven out of the twelve races on the card for a total of $138.10.  Travis’s biggest win on the day came in the fifth at Santa Anita, the last race of the contest.  This beauty of a bomber paid out $57.40 for the win-place and was enough to make Travis canter home for the victory.  Gorgeous Goomah was the name of the longshot Reese picked, who is a four-year old filly by Maria’s Mon.  

The action continues this Sunday with another $15K BIG GAME!


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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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