Gary West

West: ‘Intention Is To Race Maximum Security’ In 2020; Game Winner, Done For The Year, May Be Retired

Owner Gary West had some good news and bad news about Maximum Security and Game Winner, the 3-year-old stable stars he owns in partnership with his wife, Mary. Maximum Security, the pro-tem leader of the North American 3-year-old male division and the likely favorite in Saturday’s Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, is expected […]

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Churchill Downs Goes Overseas To Look At Potential Of Single Starting Gate For Kentucky Derby

Officials from Churchill Downs Inc. traveled to Great Britain last week to look into the possibility of doing away with the two-starting gate system now used for the Kentucky Derby, spokesman Darren Rogers told Horse Racing Nation. Rogers said he had no more information to reveal at this time but confirmed to the website that […]

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‘He’s Going To Run’: Maximum Security To Face Five Rivals In Pegasus Stakes At Monmouth

Maximum Security, first across the finish line in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, will make his return to racing in Sunday’s TVG.com Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park, trainer Jason Servis announced today. The $150,000 Pegasus Stakes, for 3-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth, is the last local prep race for the $1 million […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: ‘Challenging’ Times

The second leg of what has turned out to be one notable Triple Crown series is in the books. Meanwhile, the drama continues off the track for the horse racing industry with lawsuits, betting challenges, legislative hearings and media scrutiny. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss War of […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: An Opportunity Lost For Racing

More than 18 million households tuned in to NBC Sports to watch the Kentucky Derby on May 4. According to Sports Media Watch, the A.C. Nielsen ratings actually grew in the minutes after the race to 18.5 million households as stewards deliberated whether or not to disqualify Maximum Security from his apparent win. Controversy followed […]

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West ‘Not Looking At The Belmont’ With Maximum Security; Haskell The ‘Primary Goal’

Owner Gary West told bloodhorse.com that his Maximum Security is officially not under consideration for the 2019 Belmont Stakes. The disqualified first-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, trained by John Servis, schooled in the paddock for his fans at Monmouth Park on Saturday. “We are not looking at the Belmont because (trainer Jason Servis) says Maximum […]

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Casse: ‘Extremely Good Shot’ War Of Will To Contest Belmont Stakes

Gary Barber’s War of Will exited his 1 ¼-length victory over the late-running Everfast in Saturday’s144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., in good order and will run in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 8 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.,  if the colt continues to show all the right signs, […]

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‘Willing To Put My Money Where My Mouth Is’: West Issues $20 Million Challenge To Four Derby Runners

In an unprecedented move in thoroughbred racing, Gary West is offering up $20 million of his own money to the owners of Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if any of those horses finish ahead of Maximum Security the next time any of them race against him through Dec, 31, 2019. […]

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NBC Sports Preakness Coverage To Include Live Interview With Maximum Security Owner

Following one of the most dramatic finishes in Kentucky Derby history, NBC Sports’ Triple Crown horse racing returns this weekend with live coverage of the 144th Preakness Stakes this Saturday, May 18, at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., begins Friday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the […]

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Casse: If Anything, Maximum Security Bothered War Of Will Not Once, But Twice

Controversy continues to swirl around the disqualification of Maximum Security from the winning spot of the 2019 Kentucky Derby. On Tuesday, Maximum Security owner Gary West announced he would bring a lawsuit contending War Of Will was the root cause of the interference in the latter part of the Kentucky Derby. War Of Will trainer […]

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