California-bred gelding (b. 2002)
By Old Topper-Flying Lyon
Career (2004-2010): 18-7-4-4 $144,239
Westsideclyde's power, ability, personality and care helped him overcome physical challenges to become one of Emerald Downs top horses over several seasons. He now resides in Gig Harbor, thoroughly enjoying life and a budding second career.
A homebred of Linda Elledge and her father Dr. James Riedinger, Westsideclyde started twice as a 2004 two-year-old in the barn of late trainer Craig Roberts.
Current EmD trainer Martin Pimentel was Westsideclyde's groom and immediately saw the big horse's ability. Pimentel had groomed numerous stakes winners for Roberts such as Slew Of Damascus, Go Gremlin Go, Great Threads and Condotierri.
"He was doing things like a good horse right away," said Pimentel. "He was big and needed to grow into himself."
Westsideclyde didn't race at age three, there was a tendon issue that required time away from the track. He came back in the spring of 2006 and his first start produced an easy maiden victory. From there, more wins came quickly, with big margins of victory - 3 1/2, 4 1/2, 5 1/4 and 5 1/2 lengths.
"He had tremendous ability, a high cruising speed and a desire to win," said Dr. Riedinger. "He was devastating, especially in sprints."
After his fourth win of 2006, connections considered the Longacres Mile. Westsideclyde slightly sprained his ankle in a morning gallop and the Mile was out but another win followed in September and he was named Claimer of the Meeting with five victories from seven starts.
"He's a smart horse, a nice horse," said Pimentel. "He always came up to you, loved people, liked to be groomed. We used a lip chain going to the Paddock because he was so happy, excited to be racing."
In 2007 Westsideclyde was even better. The Great Face won the Mile that year and was Horse of the Meeting but couldn't beat 'Clyde in three early season matchups.
Wasserman would win the Governor's that summer but he was also 0-for-3 against Westsideclyde in '07. Westsideclyde would be named the meeting's Top Sprinter.
"Westsideclyde was cut out to be a real super horse," said Howard Belvoir, Wasserman's trainer. He'd come back time after time and run fast, show a huge heart."
He returned in '08 to run second in both starts, the FSN and Budweiser Handicaps.
Trainer Roberts knew he was special and always gave him time off when needed.
"If you run with him early, you're going too fast and if you let him go, you're in big trouble, too," said Roberts.
Retirement came in 2010 and an Emerald Downs meeting of Dr. Riedinger and Shelly Flath put Westsideclyde in another caring environment. Flath has had him nearly three years and he's overcome more issues to currently thrive in dressage training at Greenhills Farm with Flath's sister, Allison Green.
"He's like Mr. Ed," says Flath. "He comes to the front of his stall to greet everybody, to say hello. He's got the personality of a human. When we take him out, he prances down the driveway like he owns the place. We love him.""He's like Mr. Ed," says Flath. "He comes to the front of his stall to greet everybody, to say hello. He's got the personality of a human. When we take him out, he prances down the driveway like he owns the place. We love him."