Gary West

West’s Kentucky Derby Top 20: Dennis’ Moment Awaiting His On Road To Louisville

Horse racing journalist Gary West is producing a weekly ranking of this year’s Kentucky Derby contenders, leading up to the 146th running of the Derby May 2 at Churchill Downs. Here is the week’s Top 20. Click here for last week’s rankings. No. Horse (Trainer) Starts-Wins-Seconds-Thirds Earnings Sire 1. Dennis’ Moment (Dale Romans) 4-2-0-0 $167,800 Tiznow Comment: It […]

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Is This The Year Baffert Catches Up To Jones With An Unreachable Sixth Derby Victory?

Having been raised on a ranch in Nogales, Ariz., near the Mexican border, and having ridden during his teen years in a fair share of those I-bet-my-horse-can-outrun-yours races that were so common in the Southwest, he once thought that having a 20-horse stable at Rillito Park would be — well, that it would be proof […]

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West’s Kentucky Derby Top 20: Sole Volante Vaults Into Top 10

Horse racing journalist Gary West is producing a weekly ranking of this year’s Kentucky Derby contenders, leading up to the 146th running of the Derby May 2 at Churchill Downs. Here is the week’s Top 20. Click here for last week’s rankings. No. Horse (Trainer) Starts-Wins-Seconds-Thirds Earnings Sire 1. Dennis’ Moment (Dale Romans) 4-2-0-0 $167,800 […]

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West: Development Is Essential For Kentucky Derby Prospects

Tiz the Law turned heads, dropped jaws and dazzled the peanut gallery in winning the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park last Saturday. “There’s your Derby winner,” more than one self-anointed expert was heard to say. And he might be right, like the broken watch. But here’s the rub, as the poet would say: As good […]

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‘It’s In The Works’: Asmussen Oversees Strong Contingent In Quest For First Kentucky Derby Win

Have you ever won the Kentucky Derby? That’s the question everyone asks because that’s the race everyone knows. A few races are richer and a few might possess more championship heft, but throughout America’s vast cultural landscape, on the promontory of popular awareness, only the Kentucky Derby sits so high that everyone can see it. […]

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Gary West: Dennis’ Moment Leads First Road To Kentucky Derby Top 20

The $3 million Kentucky Derby will be run May 2 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., over the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. Based on points accumulated in designated stakes (including races in Japan and Europe), the field will be limited to 20 starters, with four also-eligibles. No. Horse#Trainer#Starts-Wins-Seconds-Thirds#Earnings#Sire#Comment 1. Dennis’ Moment — #Dale […]

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Gary West Handicaps Pick 5 On ‘Best Racing Card In The History Of Kentucky Downs’

This is the best racing card in the history of Kentucky Downs. But is that understating it? Have we crossed a border, and could Saturday’s be a great card? This is all based on assumption. I’m not relying on a metric of any kind, I’m not riffling through my files and folders, and I haven’t counted the […]

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Kentucky Downs: ‘No Other Horseplaying Experience Is Like It’

Gary West is a Kentucky Downs analyst and nationally acclaimed turf columnist and handicapper who helped pioneer pace figures. You’ve no doubt heard, sensing an unmistakable pride in the pronouncement, that Kentucky Downs is unique, owing largely to its 1 5/16-mile turf course, which from the air must look like a giant pear. As uniqueness […]

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West: Diving Into Kentucky Downs’ ‘Best Racing Card’ Ever

With $1.7 million spread out over four stakes, three of them graded, Kentucky Downs will present the best racing card in its history Saturday. Racing royalty, Hall of Famers and millionaires are converging on the unique racetrack located near the Tennessee-Kentucky border. Sitting on a site once infamous for its tolerance of duels, Kentucky Downs quickly […]

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