Gary and Mary West

UPDATED: Wests File Federal Lawsuit Over Derby Disqualification

Gary and Mary West have filed a federal lawsuit against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over the stewards’ disqualification of Maximum Security – a horse they bred and own – from a victory in the May 4 Kentucky Derby The lawsuit was reported in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Named in the suit, according to the newspaper, […]

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‘All The X-Rays Were Negative’: Servis Prepared To Move Forward With Maximum Security

Gary and Mary West’s Maximum Security emerged from his controversial run in the Kentucky Derby with cuts on his hind legs, and trainer Jason Servis wasn’t happy with the colt’s movement when jogging last Thursday at Monmouth Park, according to the Asbury Park Press. He decided to have the son of New Year’s Day fully […]

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Kentucky Commission Denies Wests’ Appeal, Couple ‘Evaluating Legal Options’

Tom Luicci, media manager for Monmouth Park, released the following statement to media on behalf of Maximum Security owners Gary and Mary West Thursday afternoon:  “We remain convinced that our horse Maximum Security was the best horse in the 145th Kentucky Derby and that his decisive win on Saturday, May 4, is clearly and convincingly […]

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Kentucky Steward: Prat Foul Claim Came After Horses Pulled Up On Backside

Some things about last Saturday’s 145th running of the Kentucky Derby may never be crystal clear, including what caused Maximum Security to veer out on the final turn, causing interference to several horses and leading to the unprecedented disqualification of Gary and Mary West’s homebred colt from first to 17th place. One area of confusion […]

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Gary West Considers Federal Challenge To Kentucky Derby Disqualification

Gary West, the owner and breeder of Maximum Security, told the Daily Racing Form on Sunday that he was considering appealing the Kentucky stewards’ decision to disqualify his colt from first in the Kentucky Derby. However, the state’s administrative regulations explain that stewards’ decisions “shall be final and shall not be subject to appeal.” Since […]

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Maximum Security’s Connections ‘Haven’t Even Talked About The Preakness’

Trainer Jason Servis reported via text message Sunday morning that Gary and Mary West’s Maximum Security exited his eventful run in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby in good order. Maximum Security finished first by 1 ¾ lengths after leading throughout the 145th Run for the Roses, but was subsequently disqualified by the stewards and placed 17th for […]

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Maximum Security ‘Just Maintaining’ In One-Mile Work At Palm Meadows

Florida Derby winner Maximum Security breezed toward the Kentucky Derby on Sunday, steadily cruising through a mile at trainer Jason Servis’ Palm Meadows base in Southern Florida. The colt was given an official time of :42.00 for three furlongs. “It was a spectacular morning here, 59 degrees and crystal clear,” Servis told drf.com. “He went […]

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‘He’s Hercules’: Game Winner Works Six Furlongs For Santa Anita Derby

The likely favorite for Saturday’s G1 Santa Anita Derby, Gary and Mary West’s Game Winner put in his final major work on Monday at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old Candy Ride colt breezed inside of stablemate There and Back, covering six furlongs in 1:13.40, according to drf.com. “He’s ready, huh?” said trainer Bob Baffert. “He’s Hercules.” Winner […]

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Saez ‘Walked The Dog’ With Maximum Security In Florida Derby

Gary and Mary West’s Maximum Security exited his dominating triumph in Saturday’s $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park in good order Sunday morning. The 3-year-old son of New Year’s Day continued his unlikely ascension from $16,000 claimer to serious Kentucky Derby (G1) candidate in the 68th Florida Derby, in which he won […]

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Maximum Security Goes Gate-To-Wire In Florida Derby

Gary and Mary West have another top prospect for this year’s Kentucky Derby. On Saturday, their homebred Maximum Security made his stakes debut and led the Grade 1 Florida Derby field from gate-to-wire to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Ridden by Luis Saez and trained by Jason Servis, the 3-year-old son of New Year’s Day […]

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