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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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Wearing on Everyone

(CHURCHILL DOWNS, LOUISVILLE, KY) Churchill Downs is beginning to string the races out. There will be 45 minutes for bettors to regroup and try again before the horses enter the gate for the next race. Veteran turf writer Dan Farley told me trainer Tom Proctor is a genius with fillies on the turf so that’s why I’m backing Wild Mia. Mamma Mia! – She’s 12-1.

The crowd went inside for awhile because a dusting of rain began. It arrived right on schedule and I believe that it’s over now. The sun isn’t out but the daylight has a sheerness that suggests that Louisville’s on the dry side of the front now.

Twice the Appeal is still the biggest overlay in the advance line – 10 to 1. He’s shorter-priced than Nehro, Soldat and Midnight Interlude. Dialed In remains the favorite at 5-1. Pants of Fire is second choice at 7-1.

The day’s slowing down now.

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