Leading standarbred racehorse Won The West has been retired and will live out his days at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions.
Won The West arrives at the park on Saturday, October 6, and in honor of the event, Mayor Jim Gray has declared October 6 “Won The West Day” in Lexington, Kentucky. His office has prepared a certificate that will be presented to the horse’s owners on Saturday.
Won The West is a Two-Time Divisional and Breeders Crown Champion and retired last month with lifetime earnings of $3,939,836.
The son of Western Hanover had 109 lifetime starts in his career with 36 win, 24 seconds and 15 thirds. In 2009, he won the Breeders Crown in a stakes-record time of 1:47, and he won the same race again in 2010. The 8-year-old gelding was voted Older Pacer of the Year in 2009 and 2010 by the US Harness Writers, and was twice awarded the Dan Patch trophy as top older pacing horse.
“The Kentucky Horse Park is honored to have Won The West join our Hall of Champions,” said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park.
“This exceptional horse is a star for the Standardbred industry, and we look forward to sharing him and his story with the throngs of visitors who enjoy the park each year. He will be a welcome addition to our champion line-up, and we thank his connections for entrusting his care to our team.”
Won The West was bred in New Jersey by Fair Winds Farm out of Gabrielle by Dragon’s Lair. He was foaled in 2004. Won The West was bought for $35,000 by trainer Brian Brown at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Brown bought the colt for James Koehler’s Country Club Acres, Inc. of Findlay, Ohio; the Kantzer family’s Strollin Stable of Marion, Ohio; and, William Robinson of Findlay, Ohio.
With trainer Ron Burke added to the team in 2007, Won The West went on to be one of the highest-earning horses on the Standardbred racing circuit, beating some of the biggest names in racing such as Mister Big and winning the Canadian Pacing Derby, the Indiana Pacing Derby, the Bobby Quillin Memorial and the Dan Patch Invitational, as well as three American national stakes titles.
Won The West joins fellow Standardbred pacing champions Staying Together and Western Dreamer, and Standardbred trotting champion Mr. Muscleman, at the Hall of Champions.