Vic Zast

Our Longest Drive: The movie

Last summer, turf writer and Paulick Derby Index contributor Vic Zast took a memorable journey with two of his close friends (and the ashes of a third) from Chicago to the Arctic Circle.  As a tribute to their friend, Zast and his buddies drove all that way to play a three-hole golf course in Inuvik, […]

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Zast: As the world turns, so does the future of world championships

Blood-Horse correspondent Vic Zast traveled to Ascot for the first British Champions Day, coming away with the impression that the day represented the start of something big – much like the day that saw the start of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 1984 at Hollywood Park. “Both the first British Champions Day and the […]

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HRI: Look for hidden talent among Saratoga juveniles

At Horse Race Insider, Vic Zast and Nicole Russo go into the recent history regarding two-year-old racing at Saratoga and the Triple Crown.  They suggest it’s not the flashy winners at the Spa who usually make waves the following spring: “In the past four runnings of the Triple Crown series, 30 individual horses have finished […]

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HRI – Zast: The sport needs major league marketing

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast revives the idea of creating a major league of horse racing by forming a compact between the biggest tracks – Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Gulfstream Park, Woodbine, the Southern California tracks and NYRA: “Competition is what propels capitalism and, according to some, it was capitalism that made this nation the world’s […]

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Zast: The Start of New Golden Era for NYRA

It was only last year that the New York Racing Association was sounding the panic button on racing in the Empire State. But now that the franchise will be receiving slots at Aqueduct, the tone has changed and Vic Zast sees NYRA acting the part of a leader. “The way NYRA has recently behaved is […]

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HRI – Zast: Belmont should be a beginning, not an end

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast took time out of his unusual journey to the Arctic Circle to catch a replay of the Belmont Stakes from a motel parking lot in British Columbia, Canada.  His thoughts on a Belmont that “proved nothing, set nothing up for the future:” “The marketing people at Belmont have to figure […]

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HRI – Zast: Plan a summer racing vacation

In case you hadn’t heard, Horse Race Insider Vic Zast has begun a rather unusual summer vacation.  He’s driving with three buddies (one of whom is dead) to the Arctic Circle to play a round of golf.  But racing is never far from Vic’s thoughts, and writing from the road (South Dakota), he’s compiled a […]

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HRI – Zast: Animal Kingdom, Shackleford not rivals yet

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast would like to put an end to the “nonsense” that Animal Kingdom and Shackleford have developed a rivalry.  He says they are “merely very fine horses that have run against each other in two races” and concludes: “In the next two weeks, NYRA’s marketing and communications teams will be cranking […]

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HRI – Zast: NBC’s Preakness coverage was good

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast gives high marks for NBC’s coverage of Preakness 136: “While not flawless – the coverage ran on a half-hour too long, failed to televise the sport’s number one turf horse even though Paddy O’Prado won the Dixie Stakes during the telecast’s timeframe, and had technical problems that obliterated trainer Graham […]

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