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 07, 2011


Four-Four-Four


(CHURCHILL DOWNS, LOUISVILLE, KY – May 7, 2011) Wordly, one of several four-year-olds running against former Kentucky Derby hopefuls, took the Funny Cide Purse, the second race on the long Derby day card. The son of A.P. Indy, owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, was once thought of as Derby material, but then flopped in the LeComte and the Risen Star after running second in the Kentucky Jockey Club Cup.

Remember that when you back horses that prepped in New Orleans. Trainers, almost always, send their second string stock to the Fair Grounds or, at least, horses they don’t want to compete with tougher foes in Florida.

Thomas Allen Pauly, the gifted equine artist, visited the press box. He’s encamped on the Fifth Floor with an exhibit of his artwork – sales are slow. Nevertheless, representatives of Winstar Farm have dropped by to inspect a beauty Tom painted of Super Saver.

Speaking of beauties, Kentucky women consider the Kentucky Derby their fashion show. Even members of the press pay their respect to the institution. Visit here on any other day and the guys are dressed in tee-shirts. Ties and suit coats make them look like professionals.

For what it’s worth, a first time starter trained by the master of first time starters – Bob Baffert – won the third race. C J Russell, owned by Mike Pegram, became the third number four to win today. Number four in the fourth race is Persuading.


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