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 40 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.
Well, it may have been "impossible" for most and "extremely difficult" for many but not for "The Master of the Triple Crown!"
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 essence, I would have picked all three Triple Crown winners if it weren't for two losses by a neck.
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.
Over the last four 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.
If you wagered $2 to win on all my top picks and Longshot Specials in the last four years (a $48 investment), your return would have been $152, a 216% return on investment!
My record speaks for itself as you'll see on the "Meet Tom" page.
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.
But, while this web site’s primary purpose is to help you zero in on big winners in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, it also serves as a multi-faceted vehicle that can put you on the Road to Riches in a number of different gambling endeavors.
For instance, would you like to walk into a casino with the knowledge that YOU have an edge over the house? Would you like to place wagers on professional sports events confident that your balance sheet will show a healthy profit at the end of the season?
It’s all possible. And I can help you realize those dreams.
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 much more.
You’ll be introduced to a betting system that produced an unprecedented 68% winning percentage during the 2011-2012 NFL season.
You'll find a page called "Beating the House" that details how you can gain an edge over the casinos by playing only the highest-return games while earning the "comps" that allow you to reap the rewards gambling establishments offer to their top-tier players.
You’ll also find “The Bomb’s Blog,” which will keep you up to date on all the happenings along the Triple Crown Trail as trainers get their horses ready for America’s Most Famous Horse Race, the Kentucky Derby, and beyond.
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.
You can do it, too! Let me help you put your losing days behind you. The Gravy Train is about to leave the station. Climb aboard.