Vic Zast

HRI – Zast: Irwin was right about one thing

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast says the media got so caught up in Barry Irwin’s post-Derby comments about trainers, they seemed to ignore Irwin’s chastisement of turf writers for relying on historical trends too much when covering the modern Derby: “Turf writers, like handicappers, thrive on statistics. The Derby is loaded with them. The race’s […]

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HRI – Zast: Derby highlights and lowlights

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast gives his take on the best and worst moments of Derby weekend.  Among the good – the record attendance, the television coverage and painting the track pink on Oaks day for breast cancer awareness.  Among the bad – the owners’ press conference moments: “Turf writers were kind, by and large, […]

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HRI – Zast: Change is good

Horse Race Insider weighs in on two subjects that competed with the Kentucky Derby’s attention last week – the potential for exchange wagering and the potential involvement of the federal government in the race day medication issue: “The tax revenue realized from horse racing as a percentage of all money paid to government from gambling […]

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HRI – Zast: Never crowning a Triple Crown champion again wouldn’t be a disaster

Every year racing fans opine about the possibility of a three-year-old winning the Triple Crown and every year since Affirmed’s 1978 season, fans have had to wait. But Vic Zast cautions against changing the parameters for a Triple Crown win. “Left-brained logicians believe spreading the trio of Classics out and lengthening the time between each […]

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Zast: Don’t expect a horse for the ages to emerge

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the Kentucky Derby Trail. By now you know that presumptive favorite Uncle Mo is no longer so presumptive and top contenders Premier Pegasus and To Honor and Serve will not be seen early this May. The one thing Vic Zast is relatively certain about? The winner of […]

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HRI – Zast: Racing disappears from the tube

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast laments racing’s increasing lack of mainstream television coverage – case in point, Saturday’s Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby will only be seen on horse racing channels: “Throughout the year, only the Triple Crown races and two days of Breeders’ Cup action – five days in all – will bring […]

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Zast: Suggestions to improve racing more of the same

Recently, the Blood-Horse asked 29 industry participants to weigh in on the future of horse racing and what improvements need to be made in order to ensure the sport’s longevity. Vic Zast takes some exceptions to the process and the final outcome. As he points out, no one from the Breeders’ Cup, NTRA or The […]

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HRI – Zast: Relying solely on charity to care for the horses’ retirement is strange

Vic Zast weighs in on the recent controversy about the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and its alleged neglect of some of its horses at satellite farms. While he touches on several points, Zast’s major point is for us to find revenue sources to rescue retired race horses well after their careers are over. “In the final […]

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Zast on Breeders’ Cup: Going backwards should not be an option

By now, virtually anyone who follows the daily news of horse racing knows that Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Greg Avioli has stepped down to head up Frank Stronach’s racing properties under the Magna name. Vic Zast in his weekly Horse Race Insider column gives praise to the changes the former Breeders’ Cup head-honcho made, […]

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