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Saratoga From the Backside to the Finish Line

Saratoga Backstretch Video


 By Tony Bada Bing


While most horse racing patrons make the trip to the track to witness and wager on the equine athletes, there is another side to the horse racing industry - the backside. In this video, I take in the sights and sounds of Saratoga's Oklahoma training track in the hours just after sunrise. When you watch the video, you'll get a firsthand account of the going-ons at the stables across the street from the famed track. While the finish line (and finding a winner) are the goals in the afternoon, the quiet mornings along shed row are all about the preparations of humans and horses for some future race day. In the afternoon, I provide up close and personal access from the paddock and winner's circle. Enjoy!



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Older Comments about Saratoga From the Backside to the Finish Line...

Walken, Scorsese & Sopranos - that's pretty elite co
Such Soprano territory. Steve VZ "Just when you think you"re out, they PULLLL you back in. " Really enjoyed it, ( commentary even had suspense!)
Walken nothing, Bada Bing is the new Scorsese!
Great video Tony C. Glad I got to meet you at the best track in the world, Saratoga.
Is Tony Bada Bing a nom de youtube for Christopher Walken?? The narration sounded just like him! Great job Tony, with this behind-the-scenes look at Saratoga :)

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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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