Gary and Mary West
- Born: Both were born in 1946.
- Residence: Calif.
- The Wests purchased their first horses in 1980. They had a total of 54 in training in Oct. 2012 with trainers Bob Baffert, Chad Brown, Bret Calhoun Mark Casse, Wayne Catalano and Ron Ellis. ... They also have 18 broodmares at Dell Ridge Farm in Lexington, Ky. ... Besides Power Broker, the Wests' crop of promising 2-year-olds includes the turf filly Flashy Gal, trained by Brown.
Best horses raced include Rockamundo, who won the 1993 Arkansas Derby (G2) at 108-to-1 odds. Others are Grade 2-winning millionaire Dollar Bill, who raced in all three legs of the Triple Crown in 2001 and some of the nation’s best handicap races the following year … A hard-luck but popular runner, Dollar Bill had his own Web site which featured comments attributed to the horse about his races … Other top runners include Grade 1 winners Buddha, winner of the 2002 Wood Memorial and early Kentucky Derby favorite that year before being retired with an injury the day before the race, Mongoose and Mass Media, and Grade 2 winners High Limit, Ubiquity and Baptize.
The Wests’ racing manager and bloodstock agent is O.J. “Ben” Glass Jr., who trained Rockamundo … Glass also won five stakes for the Wests with Callide Valley in 1992-93.
Gary West began his career in hospital administration and went on to build one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. Along with his wife, Mary, West has founded numerous companies over the last four decades – beginning with WATS Telemarketing in 1978 and followed by West Corporation in 1986.
West Corporation became one of the largest customer relationship management providers in the world with more than 35,000 employees and $3.5 billion in annual sales. Since West Corporation was taken private in 2006, West and his wife have started and now lead a range of enterprises based in Southern California and the Midwest, including West Development and West Partners, a private equity firm.
The Wests formed the Gary and Mary West Foundation in 2006 to pursue their philanthropic interests. The West Health Institute is an extension of their philanthropy. Through the Institute, Mr. West is committed to changing the way health care is delivered in the United States and around the world.