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R. Wyndham Walden

R. Wyndham Walden
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace New York, U.S.
Birth date 1843
Death date April 28, 1905
Career wins Not found
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Monmouth Cup (1876)
Saratoga Cup (1876)
Flash Stakes (1877, 1878)
Jerome Handicap (1878, 1888)
Withers Stakes (1878)
Travers Stakes (1878, 1880)
Champion Stakes (1883)
Metropolitan Handicap (1898)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes
(1875, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1888)
Belmont Stakes
(1878, 1880, 1881, 1898)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1970)
Significant horses
Duke of Magenta, Harold, Bowling Brook
Tom Ochiltree, Refund

Robert Wyndham Walden ( 1843 - April 28, 1905) was one of the most successful trainers in thoroughbred horse racing during the last quarter of the 19th century.

Known by his middle name, Wyndham, in 1872 Walden and his wife Caroline moved from New York to Middleburg in Carroll County, Maryland where they established "Bowling Brook Farm" to breed and train thoroughbred race horses.

Wyndham Walden trained his first Preakness Stakes winner in 1875, Tom Ochiltree, then two years later began a streak of five straight victories, all of which came with horses owned by George L. Lorillard. Walden won the Preakness for a seventh time in 1888 with his own horse, Refund. The win set a record for a trainer which still stands. During a career spanning thirty-one years between 1872 and 1902, he also won the Belmont Stakes four times and trained more than 100 Stakes race winners.

In 1899, his son Robert J. Walden won the Kentucky Derby with Manuel, owned by the Morris brothers, Alfred and David.

His daughter married jockey Fred Littlefield who rode Refund to his 1888 Preakness Stakes victory and was aboard Bowling Brook for the win in the 1898 Belmont Stakes.

On Wyndham Walden's passing in 1905, Bowling Brook Farm was taken over by his wife then on her passing by his son Robert who lived there until his death in 1951. Over the Walden family's eighty year history in racing they raised and trained winners of more than one thousand races.

Robert Wyndham Walden was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1970.

Classic Race winning horses

Kentucky Derby:

Preakness Stakes:

  • Grenada (1880)
  • Saunterer (1881)
  • Vanguard (1882)
  • Refund (1888)

Belmont Stakes:

  • Grenada(1880)
  • Saunterer (1881)



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