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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Monday, July 19, 2010

Comment of the Week, Allan Goldberg’s Comment #8

The following is Allan Goldberg's Comment of the Week, republished in its entirety.

Allan Goldberg says:
12 Jul 2010 at 11:03 am | #

Gambling is only part of horse racing. I am a gambler. I love gambling. I can go years between Vegas visits. I don’t dream of hitting a lottery. You can not convince slot machine player to come to the races because they probably will do better in air conditioned sterilized environment. But you can turn a lot of people to the sport if you have stars on and off the racetrack. I go to the races to enjoy the show. Racecard itself can be compressed into 20 minutes of action. Austin nailed it - seeing your 8-1 shot cross the wire first is better than anything else, including you know what. Watching paddock action and horses coming out on the track, jibing with jocks - casinos can not do that. Horse racing is LIVE and full of life. I watched 12 KY Derby post parades and I still choke on that song.

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