Gary West

West: The next star search begins

With the retirement of Zenyatta, Blame and other prominent track stars, racing needs to find the next horses who will step into the public limelight. Turf writer Gary West says that process begins Saturday with Rule and Morning Line doing battle in the Hal’s Hope Stakes at Gulfstream.  On the West Coast, Twirling Candy and […]

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West: I would support any effort to include the fans in the (Eclipse) voting

Gary West, turf writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, submitted his Eclipse ballot for readers to critique. But perhaps the most interesting part of his column had less to do with his picks and more with how the picks should be made. West is part of a growing contingency of racing journalists who believe the […]

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Who is killing Texas horse racing?

Gary West was visited by an imposing cowpoke referred to as The Texan. He’s not very happy with the current situation in Texas and wants answers! Of course, this was just a literary device by West to illustrate the many issues with Texas horse racing and quite frankly this column could be used for just […]

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West: Too many dates for too few horses

Gary West says horsemen are foolish for their call to keep schedules the same length as before because of a major horse shortage in American racing. He points out that the national foal crop is down 11.8 percent from last year, down 20.67 percent since 2005 and down a remarkable 46.71 percent since 1986.

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WEST: I STILL HAVE TO VOTE FOR BLAME AS HORSE OF THE YEAR

Gary West has taken his stance in Horse of the Year voting and has thrown his lot in with the Blame camp. While he recognizes the arguments in favor of Zenyatta, he ultimately puts more weight in the head-to-head matchup in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas appears to […]

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WEST: Can Switch Beat Zenyatta?

Most of the talk surrounding Zenyatta is about whether she can win at Churchill Downs in November in the Breeders’ Cup Classic but Gary West takes a step back and sees some reason for concern in this weekend’s Lady’s Secret. It is true that Zenyatta struggles at the shorter distance of 1 1/16 miles and […]

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WEST: RACE FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR LED BY BLAME

Gary West in his West Points blog says that this year’s race for Horse of the Year will go down to the wire at Churchill Downs during this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Few doubt that to be the case. However, some may take exception to his claim that Whitney winner Blame leads the field as […]

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‘IMPROVE OR DISAPPEAR’

In a very critical piece featured on the pages of the Star-Telegram, Gary West has a moment of tough love for the Texas racing industry. After watching the races at Lone Star Park on the final day of the meet, West leads off his column ‘If that’s going to be Texas racing, why bother?’ […]

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