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Tom and Hedy Valledolmo teach you how to make the best of a bad situation in this hilarious, non-fiction travel book which has been getting rave reviews from readers all over the country.

 
 

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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.

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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
 
Tomthebombpicks.com. 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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