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Vic Zast

From the perspective of being an owner, an industry pioneer in corporate sponsorship, a track president and fan, Vic Zast writes the "Destinations" column for The Blood-Horse. His five-star ratings of international events have shed light on racing in all corners of the globe - from England, Australia, Hong Kong, Dubai to Japan.

Vic is a regular contributor to MSNBC.com, a columnist for the Illinois Racing News and has written on racing for ESPN.com, National Public radio and The Age, Australia's leading daily.

Vic makes his home in Chicago and lives in Saratoga Springs in August.

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Saturday, May 01, 2010


Post-Derby Analysis Begins


(CHURCHILL DOWNS, LOUISVILLE, KY – May 1, 2010, 8:15 pm) There will be a lot of debate in the next two weeks about what happened today in the 136th Kentucky Derby. Super Saver got the best trip, being no further back than about six lengths at any point during the race. Meanwhile, Lookin at Lucky was compromised badly at the start. He’s a horse without any kind of good luck. The past performances will indicate two bad moments for Ice Box.

Calvin Borel was thrilled that he won his third Derby in four years. He displayed euphoria on the ride from the backstretch to the winner’s circle, but was appropriately subdued at the post-race interview. The man who selected Borel to ride was subdued, too, and that wasn’t Todd Pletcher. It was WinStar Farms manager Elliott Walden who recommended him last November.

This was a Kentucky Derby with several fairy-tale endings. Take the good luck of Glen Fullerton, who won $900,000 in a sales promotion. Fullerton had the lone chance to bet $100,000 of the track’s money on any horse and he chose Super Saver. This is one Derby he’ll not forget.


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