Kentucky Breeder Kathryn West Dies at Age 91

Operated Waterford Farm with her late husband Robert Smiser West.

Kathryn Martin West, who with her late husband Robert Smiser West, operated Waterford Farm near Midway, Ky., died Aug. 18 in Midway at age 91.

Smiser West, a retired dentist who died in 2006, and Kathryn, bred many of their horses in partnership with the late Hall of Fame trainer MacKenzie Miller and his wife, Martha.

Among the top horses bred by the Wests and Millers were champions Chilukki and De La Rose and grade I winners Lite Light and Tweedside.

Chilukki was 1999 champion 2-year-old filly after winning the Oak Leaf and Vinery Del Mar Debutante stakes, both grade I. Lite Light won four grade I stakes as a 3-year-old in 1991, including the Kentucky Oaks, Santa Anita Oaks, and Coaching Club American Oaks, the latter of which was also won by Tweedside in 2001. De La Rose, who was champion turf female as a 3-year-old in 1981, defeated males on several occasions that year, mostly notably in a division of the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT).

Services for Kathryn West will be held at noon on Friday, Aug. 21, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, with burial to follow in Midway Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass/Frankfort, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.