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It's Been a Great Run
but the Time Has Come
to Say Goodbye

  I've been in the business of handicapping thoroughbred
horse races for over 45 years but there comes a time when the
old gray mare has to be put out to pasture, so to speak. So, after
a wonderful ride -- and some amazing thrills along the
Triple Crown Trail -- I've decided to retire and devote all my
extra time  to traveling the world with my wonderful wife
and enjoying our two beautiful grandchildren.
That's not to say I won't be keeping an eye on the Kentucky
Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes but I will
no longer be offering my selections on this web site.
You can follow me on Facebook (Thomas Valledolmo), however,
where I will post my thoughts on the Triple Crown races.


Check Out Tom The Bomb's 2016 Preakness selections

Check out Tom The Bomb's 2014 Belmont selections 

Check out Tom The Bomb's  2014 Preakness selections


   A triumphant Tom The Bomb Valledolmo displays his winning tickets on his 2012 Kentucky Derby selection, I'll Have Another, who paid $32, and the winning 19-6 exacta combination that returned a whopping $306!

Check out Tom The Bomb's 2012 Kentucky Derby Selections


Welcome to My name is Tom Valledolmo and I’m a professional handicapper who has been in the business of picking winners for over 45 years. During my days at the New York Post and Daily Racing Form, I earned the nickname “Tom The Bomb” due to my propensity for picking long shot winners at thoroughbred racetracks all across the country.

And I did it again in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, when I not only selected the winner, 15-1 shot I'll Have Another, but correctly tabbed the $306.60 exacta by picking 4-1 Bodemeister to finish second.

I did all this despite the fact that all the so-called "experts" were calling this Derby "a race that is impossible to handicap" because there are so many legitimate contenders in the bulky 20-horse field.

In the Preakness, my selection, Bodemeister, opened a three-length lead in mid-stretch before being caught at the wire. My top three picks, however, comprised the winning trifecta and the winning box exacta.

In the Belmont Stakes, my pick, Paynter, also lost a heartbreaker when Union Rags passed him in the final strides to win by a neck despite the fact that Paynter lost a shoe during the race. Again, my top three picks made up the winning exacta combination.

In 2013, my Longshot Special selection, Palace Malice, won the Belmont Stakes and paid $29.60. He teamed up with my second choice, Oxbow, to produce a $323.50 exacta payoff.

In the 2014 Preakness Stakes, I correctly tabbed the 1-2-3 finishers -- California Chrome, Ride On Curlin and Social Inclusion -- giving my followers the cold exacta ($18.20) and trifecta ($38). My "suggested betting strategy" also hit the $173.80 superfecta.   

In the 2014 Belmont Stakes, my top pick, Commissioner, finished second by a head at 28-1 and paid $23.20 to place and $13.20 to show. I also steered my followers onto the $348 exacta by advising them to wheel Commissioner in the first and second spots.

In the 2016 Preakness, I once again tabbed the trifecta cold, picking Exaggerator to upset heavy favorite Nyquist and predicted 17-1 Cherry Wine would finish second, giving my followers the $88.40 exacta and $146.20 trifecta.

Over the last eight years, my Triple Crown longshot winners are:
2010: Super Saver (top pick) wins Ky. Derby and pays $18; Drosselmeyer (top pick) wins Belmont Stakes and pays $28.
2011: Animal Kingdom (Longshot Special) wins Ky. Derby and pays $43.80.
2012: I'll Have Another (top pick) wins Ky. Derby and pays $32.60.
2013: Palace Malice (Longshot Special) wins Belmont Stakes and pays $29.60.

Four times during my career at the Post, I finished with a flat-bet profit for an entire meet at the New York Racing Association tracks, twice turning the trick at the ultra-tough Saratoga meeting.

Take a minute to browse through the pages of my web site. You’ll find a series of articles I’ve written -- and had published – about my strategies for picking long shot winners … my conversations with legendary horse trainers … tales about major scores I’ve made … my opinions about the greatest jockeys of all time … and more.

You’ll also find a page of archived trip reports which will offer a blow-by-blow account of all the big hits my wife Hedy and I make, helping to keep us one step ahead of the casinos.

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