West Coast Team

The FBG West Coast Team!!!!

Scott Drzonsc


I first got involved with racing going to the local OTB with my Grandfather on the weekends in Connecticut.  There was a pizza parlor next door and I would get a slice, a soda and get the seat closest to the door so I could hear the race call over the speaker. There was no TV simulcast at that time. That then grew into a yearly Saratoga trip with my whole family, to eventually getting involved with a partnership group and owning at one point 7 horses.  The greatest feeling was getting my first win as an owner at Saratoga, with a 2yr old filly and Johnny V up in the irons winning by 7 1/4 lengths.  Me, yelling and screaming, “Don’t fall off Johnny V!!!” as you know as players, it’s never a winner until we hit the wire….

As a player, I have been firing away at the ponies since day one. Grandpa letting me look at the racing form at the pizza parlor to now writing selections for Fat Bald Guy racing.  The puzzle that we try to solve and the fact everyone looks at the same race differently is one of the reasons I love the sport.  I enjoy playing pick 5’s and 4’s and the occasional stab at a carryover in a pick 6. Im not scared to pick price horses to upset and love solving the puzzle that is the racing form.  I also love screaming #getthe$$$ as we cash together!!!

Andrew Malecha


Born and raised in Wisconsin and a graduate of Wisconsin-Stout prior to moving to Minnesota.  I now live about a 2 minute drive away from Canterbury Park in Shakopee – which is awesome for me.  Horrible for my wife.
Growing up, my dad would take me to the races once a year, but I didn’t really take a strong following to the sport until college.  While there, I met a friend who had family in the racing business at Laurel.  One day, he gave me a first time starter to bet at 22-1 and the info was good – he sped off and won easily.  That’s when I first got excited about racing – I saw not only the potential in making $, but about getting information others didn’t have, and beating others at this game.
Fun hits:
– $6,000 Trifecta Hit at Laurel with 22-1 on top
– Documented hit of a $140 horse G P Ricky at Gulfstream on 6/30/16
– Had American Pharoah at over 30-1 in Vegas prior to 2015 Derby pools
– $1875 Pick 5 win on a $4 ticket – 1/1/15
You can find me on Twitter @Meloncharlie typically complaining about a bet I didn’t win. I’m also out at Canterbury pretty often during the summer.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want to know how I came to the conclusion on a certain horse.  I’m always more than happy to share my thoughts.

Mike M.

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