Gary West

Owner Gary West Fulfilling His ‘Foxhole’ Promise In Healthcare Industry

Thoroughbred owner and philanthropist Gary West recently recounted a promise he made to God during his 10-month tour of duty in Vietnam: “If you somehow get me out of this, I will do something nice for the world.” Speaking with the San Diego Union-Tribune, West still struggled when recalling the memories from those days at war. […]

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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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Late ‘All-In’ Rally Gives Dennis Montoro Del Mar Challenge Victory

Dennis Montoro, 32, from New York, went all-in in the last race with a $7,000 win bet on #2, 5-1 Raven Creek, to finish with $42,000. Montoro qualified to the Del Mar Challenge from a $400 feeder contest on HorseTourneys.com essentially turning a $400 investment into more than $135,000 in prizes. Gary West from Rancho […]

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Hayward: Stewards’ Response To Belmont Controversy An ‘Absolute Outrage’

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward weighs in on the questionable tactics employed by jockeys in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. Hayward first notes that last year, New York stewards chose to prevent owner Ron Paolucci from entering a “rabbit” in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, with steward Stephen […]

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Baffert Could Enter Second Contender To Take On Justify In Belmont

Could Triple Crown contender Justify be taken on by one of his own stablemates June 9 in the Belmont Stakes? According to the Daily Racing Form, trainer Bob Baffert is considering it. Baffert said owner Gary West is interested in starting Restoring Hope in the final leg of the Triple Crown. “We’re looking at it […]

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West Coast Dominates Pennsylvania Derby; Runner-Up Irap Vanned Off

Gary and Mary West’s aptly-named West Coast dominated his second straight Grade 1 race in Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, cruising under the wire 7 1/4 lengths in front of his competition. Off as the heavy favorite at 4-5 under Mike Smith, West Coast galloped alongside the pacesetter Outplay down the backstretch, ranged up alongside […]

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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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West: Top Selections For Kentucky Downs’ Wednesday Stakes Quartet

The four stakes on Wednesday, opening day for Kentucky Downs, signal exactly what fans and bettors can expect for the track’s brief season — lucrative purses, large fields and quality racing. Wednesday’s four stakes offer $1.25 million in purses; the two juvenile stakes overflow with entries; and the entrants in The Tourist Mile Stakes have […]

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Ehalt: ‘Saratoga Showdown Has Propelled West Coast To The Head Of The Division’

Saturday’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga was supposed to help Eclipse Award voters narrow down the 3-year-old male division. It was the first time in 35 years that all three Triple Crown race winners got together in the Mid-Summer Derby, and, mirroring that 1982 running, none of the three crossed the finish line in front. Instead, […]

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