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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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Sunday, June 20, 2010


Karen’s “Comment of the Week”


For a complete reading of Karen's Comment #5 - last week's "Comment of the Week," read on.

Karen says:
14 Jun 2010 at 08:16 am | # 5

I agree with you. The Olympics have kind of gotten out of hand as far as money spent to create a spectacle goes, BUT that spectacle draws people in and interests them. When you watch Olympic coverage, they spread outside of just the Olympics and give info on the history and beauty of the area and its people. When I watch racing from overseas, it’s not just the racing that draws people in, it’s the celebration - of the event, the horses and the people. If you look at racing in Asia and in Dubai, those are Events. Now if we had a facility like Dubai’s, there would be no question of where Breeders Cup should be held. But we don’t. And I can understand why financially it makes sense to have it at one place or the same place two years in a row. But why not celebrate, not just do, what it was intended to be from the beginning? Have it at different venues and reach outside the box for fans? I know people would come out for something different in their area IF they know they will be in for a celebration. But not if it’s the same old thing.


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