Gary West

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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ESPN’s ‘In The Gate’ Podcast: A Big Picture View

ESPN sport business reporter Darren Rovell ruffled feathers when he posted a series of Tweets earlier this spring in which he said that he believed that horse racing was ‘a dying sport’. He followed that up with a few other Tweets discussing Triple Crown champ American Pharoah, and how that colt’s success affected the Triple […]

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Actress Fue La Gran Protagonista Del Black-Eyed Susan S.

Actress no había ganado en sus dos salidas a la pista, habiendo llegado segunda en ambas. Tampoco había corrido en cuatro codos. Su única experiencia selectiva fue en un pequeño stakes de $75 mil el pasado 22 de abril en Gulfstream Park. Sin embargo, la linajuda hija de Tapit fue la verdadera estrella del Black-Eyed […]

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Finalists Announced For 2015 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award

Three finalists for the tenth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award have been announced by the Ryan family’s Castleton Lyons, founding sponsor of this lucrative competition for racing-oriented literary works since 2006. Jockeys ruled the day in 2015, with two of the three top entries focusing on those brave men and women, who, pound for […]

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