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, July 09, 2010

Words from the Left Behind

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – July 9, 2010) Bethenny Frankel, the daughter of deceased trainer Bobby Frankel and his wife Bernadette, has given permission to her publicists to use the subject of an unhappy childhood to get her name in the media. So far, photos of Frankel and her few-months-old baby girl Bryn have appeared in People Magazine and on because the reality TV show personality has promised that she won’t subject her child to the same abuse that she experienced from her parents.

Bethenny Frankel claims that her family life was miserable and that her father took off for California from New York when she was four. Her mother’s alcoholism and violent behavior forced her to move out of the house and in with him for a year. Eventually, father and daughter were estranged permanently. That said, there’s a lot to suggest that Bobby Frankel’s Hollywood connections, a moneyed lifestyle and exposure to the world of entertainment eventually served to benefit her.

As a matter of fact, it’s possible that exhuming her family with insults is the only way for Bethenny Frankel to bring notice upon herself at this stage of her career. She can’t sing, dance or act. Her wit is rapier sharp; her language foul-mouthed. She pees in a champagne bucket held by a wedding planner while dressed in her gown, seven months pregnant – that’s her schtick. Her aim is to get people interested in experiencing her life vicariously, and there’s no doubt that many people are able to relate with a troubled past.

Bobby Frankel wasn’t a likable man to many people. Nevertheless, the time for saying something such as ”Bobby could be difficult to live with but we always knew he cared for us” came and went with the occasion of his funeral. Isn’t it funny how when even the most despicable person is about to be put in the ground that there’s always a qualified phrase that enables the left behind to send him off with a compliment? If she keeps it up, Bethenny Frankel might be heading for a similar swansong.

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