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, a columnist for the Illinois Racing News and has written on racing for, 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

Pretty Women in Fancy Hats and Men Wearing Ties

(CHURCHILL DOWNS, LOUISVILLE, KY – May 1, 2010, 2:00 pm) Robby Albarado aboard the 3-5 favorite Hot Dixie Chick tried to avoid the rail, but he couldn’t. Another closer, Buckleupbuttercup, took the long way around and finished fastest to win the Eight Belles Stakes. The program said this was the 59th running of the Eight Belles. I don’t remember what they called it before.

You’d better start re-thinking your Derby picks now. Unless there’s a sudden change in track conditions, it’s unlikely a speed-favoring horse can win. For me, it’ll be switching to horses like Ice Box that I haven’t liked all along. Mission Impazible, Awesome Act and Dean’s Kitten deserve another look.

Each year, I drink a mint julep to celebrate being here. This year I had mine on Millionaire’s Row. There are celebrities there, but I didn’t see them - just a lot of pretty women in fancy hats and men wearing ties. A million dollars doesn’t go very far.

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