Gary West, Author at Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Sam Houston Executives Excited To ‘Test The Weekend Market’ In 2023

With a towering wave of momentum behind it, Texas’ horse racing season begins Friday, Jan. 6, at Sam Houston Race Park, followed by a new racehorse owners’ seminar the next day. Cue the trumpets. The Thoroughbred season continues through April 8, with 43 days of racing at Sam Houston, and then Lone Star Park in Grand […]

Texas Thoroughbred Association’s 2022 Summer Sale Catalogs Over 200 Yearlings

On Aug. 29, at 10 o’clock in the morning, the best group of yearlings ever offered for sale in Texas will begin parading into the sales ring at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. Yes, that’s a subjective assessment, but it’s soundly based on observation, history and precedent. When have you seen sons and daughters […]

Texas Showcase Day: Five Stakes Sunday At Lone Star Park

Texas racing’s immediate future and its recent past will both be on display Sunday during Lone Star Park’s Showcase Day. Specifically featured in this showcase are racehorses bred in Texas or those sired by Texas stallions; they’re converging on five stakes races, each offering a purse of $75,000. Most notable, perhaps, are the Texas Stallion […]

Lone Star Million Draws Top Talent For Memorial Day Card

Last season, from a nine-year hiatus, Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, brought back its Memorial Day showcase event, Lone Star Million Day. This Monday’s renewal of Lone Star Million Day promises to present one of the most entertaining racing programs in the racetrack’s history. The days’ six stakes races offering $1.2 million in […]

Texas Plan Comes Together For Forks Of The Paluxy In Mr Speaker

You can look to horse racing for an example of something that works. Yes, you’re right: It is amazing. You probably don’t want to be reminded of the ubiquitous dysfunction in these troubling days, but the next time it overwhelms you, the next time it gives you a headache, just think of Texas horse racing. […]

Maxfield: Derby Delay Gives Walsh More Time ‘To Prepare Him Properly’

It was the kind of performance that leaves a racing fan just standing there, slack-jawed, staring at the racetrack but actually into the future, and thinking, “Now, that’s a Derby horse.” Last October, when Maxfield won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, he delivered not only one of the best juvenile performances of the year, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]