Gary West

Bramlage: ‘Nothing Seriously Wrong’ With Maximum Security But A Break Would Be Good

Maximum Security, one of the horses at the center of the recent federal horse doping indictments, was found to have no serious issues after an exam and series of images taken by Dr. Larry Bramlage this week. Owner Gary West sent the horse Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., after learning the colt […]

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West’s Kentucky Derby Top 20: A Whole New Ballgame Now

It will be called the Kentucky Derby, but, make no mistake, the race that will be run Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs will be entirely different from the roseate affairs of the past. A large crowd will mill about for much of the day, some of the young men smoking expensive cigars, if only because […]

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Owner Gary West: Maximum Security To Undergo Thorough Medical Examination, New Round Of Drug Tests

The following statement was provided by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Gary West, who bred and co-owns Maximum Security, Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old male of 2019 whose victory in the world’s richest race, the $20-million Saudi Cup, was followed nine days later by a federal indictment alleging illegal doping by trainer Jason Servis and others. After […]

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West’s Kentucky Derby Top 20: Baffert Has A Bumper Crop, Even For Him

This is challenging. Bob Baffert is responsible for some of the most valuable horses in the world, entrusted with nurturing their abilities and developing their talents so they reach not only their potential but also, if possible, the Kentucky Derby. This year, he also has to direct traffic. Baffert trains three horses included here in […]

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In Wake Of Fountain Of Youth Setback, Albaugh And Loutsch Focused On Big Picture

Dennis Albaugh brought 35 or 40 “buddies” out just for the occasion; it was a celebration, a reunion, a party. It was, so to speak, Dennis’ moment. But then his Dennis’ Moment faded to last as the 6-5 favorite in Gulfstream Park’s Fountain of Youth Stakes on Feb 29. Suddenly the music stopped, the balloons […]

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West: There’s A New Number One On The Kentucky Derby Top 20, And It Isn’t Ete Indien

It was an eventful week, proving the road to the Derby has some sharp, sometimes unexpected, turns as well as some equally unexpected bumps. Dennis’ Moment dropped like a dubious coin in the Fountain of Youth, and so he drops just as precipitately in the top 20, from first to 17th. As much as anything, his […]

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West’s Kentucky Derby Top 20: Dennis’ Moment ‘Needs To Finish With Determination’

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: Dennis’ […]

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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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