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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Friday, June 04, 2010

Beginner’s Pluck

(Chicago, IL – June 4, 2010) The real-life character with the alias of Joel Thomas that is written about in the TrackWords column of May 17 entitled "Lessons of Weed Street" has struck again. He’s let ride $1000 of his $2600 in Triple Crown race winnings on tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes. A raw beginner, Thomas bet on only 20 horse races in his life before deciding to gamble $1000 on this year’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

Thomas is once again employing his “hedge fund” philosophy in search of profits, a technique which one reader called “a sure-fire way to go broke.” Nevertheless, whatever happens Saturday, Thomas will be ahead at least $1600.

Here’s the slate of wagers he’s made at the Mud Bug Off-Track Betting parlor in Chicago:

$50 win bet on Make Music for Me and Game on Dude
$50 across the board bet on Interactif
$40 across the board bet on Make Music for Me, Drosselmeyer and Stay Put
$30 across the board bet on Stately Victor
$20 exacta box on Fly Down, Ice Box and First Dude
$15 exacta box on Ice Box, Stately Victor and First Dude
$15 exacta on Fly Down, Ice Box and Game on Dude

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