CA Trainer Directory
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Ted H. West
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Grew up on the racetrack under the guidance of his father, also Ted West … Came up through the ranks, beginning as a hot walker … Family plan was always for him to complete a college degree and then for him to decide what he would do with it … Graduated Arcadia High School in 1991; California Poly at Pomona in 1995 … Came directly to the track following graduation from college … Things were dicey at the time; the West stable had only five horses and none was considered top-notch, leading young Ted to wonder just what sort of future awaited him … But things began to pick up when he joined the stable; some better horses started showing up in the barn and things began to build from there … One of the things that helped was some success young Ted had with a few horses in Northern California that summer after graduation, prompting one of the Wests’ clients, Scott Guenther, to expand participation of his Desperado Stable in the sport … That expansion, plus the addition of owner Jeffrey Sengara, owner of multiple graded-stakes winner Budroyale, and others, pushed stable to a level of more than 40 horses in training … Budroyale, now retired, was one of racing’s great success stories in 1999: the former $50,000 claim banked more than $1.7 million while winning three graded stakes and finishing second in two Grade I’s, the last being the $4-million Breeders’ Cup Classic … The gelding is the eighth leading Cal-bred earner of all time with $2,840,810 … Another successful claim was Bluesthestandard, haltered for $50,000 late in 2002 and then a winner of four straight races, including two stakes. He also was second to Cajun Beat in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and finished 2003 with earnings of $631,975. Early in 2004, Bluethestandard won the Palos Verdes Handicap … What does young Ted like about business: “I like the competition. That makes it exciting. It’s no boring desk job, that’s for sure. It’s a little stressful but I think the benefits definitely outweigh the negatives. When you’re doing what you like to do, it’s not really like work.” … Among the barn’s stakes winners have been Freespool, a winner of eight stakes including the Pirate’s Bounty Handicap in 2001, the trainer’s initial Del Mar stakes success; Slew’s Royal Son, Goulash, Avenue Shopper, Aviate, Turkish Prize, Secret Liaison, winner of 2003 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar; Jet West, Dee Dee’s Diner and Harriett Lane, 2006 La Habra Stakes winner … He had his first taste of Triple Crown competition in 2002 with Easy Grades, who finished 13th to War Emblem in the Kentucky Derby after runner-up efforts to Came Home in both the San Rafael Stakes and Santa Anita Derby … Single.
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