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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Friday, November 05, 2010


Bill Nack, Toby Keith, Grey Geese


(LOUISVILLE, KY - November 5, 2010) That was Bill Nack, standing alone, taking in the crowd and sipping a Coca-Cola, as the bartenders served purple-colored Grey Goose vodka concoctions to the Toby Keith concert-goers at the KFC Yum Center last night. Secretariat the movie has had its five minutes of fame. Nack’s book remains in the Top 10 on the New York Times best-seller list. But it’s all about Zenyatta now.

“History won’t be kind to her, if she doesn’t win Saturday,” Nack predicted. The author of Big Red of Meadow Stable noted the weakness of the unbeaten mare’s competition so far and the fact that her Beyers have rarely exceeded 100. “You can’t write that she might lose. The Z-lots will kill you,” he said. Still he wrote and voiced a segment about the sport’s latest star that will begin the ABC/ESPN telecast from Churchill Downs. “I’d like you to see it. Do you Tivo?” he asked.

Nack has become the modern-age Jack Whitaker – the poet laureate for a sport suited perfectly for bon mots but often a target for slings and arrows. He’s the latest incarnation of Heywood Hale Broun, except you don’t see him on camera. Looking a bit like the old NHL-er Reggie Fleming, who passed away recently, Nack appears satisfied with letting his words represent him.

“They came to me, but I passed on it,” the writer said, when asked if he’d be producing a book about Zenyatta. “I’m working on a book about the Battle of Antietam,” he explained.

Vic Zast will share his picks for today's Breeders' Cup races later this morning. But, it's tomorrow in the Breeders' Cup Turf that he's got the big one. Also take a look at HRI's BC Classic Media Selections

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