Gary West who currently is a frequent contributor to ESPN, was a regular columnist for the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star Telegram. The son of a jockey, West was a college teacher before returning to the racetrack and writing about horse racing. He has appeared as a commentator on racing on ESPN and on CNN, and has hosted his own radio program on racing. He wrote several books about horse racing, and notably "Razoo At The Races: Diary of a Horseplayer" which is one of the funniest books ever written about the racetrack and horse racing. Gary West entertains readers with wit while imparting horseplaying wisdom and insight. West was the President of the National Turf Writers Association 2005-2006.