R. Wyndham Walden

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R. Wyndham Walden
OccupationRacehorse trainer
New York City, U.S.
DiedApril 28, 1905
Career winsNot found
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)
Reapers Stakes (1888)
Zephyr Stakes (1888)
Flight Stakes (1889, 1898)
Double Event Stakes (part 1) (1890, 1897)
Double Event Stakes (part 2) (1890)
Tremont Stakes (1890, 1891)
Tidal Stakes (1897)
Metropolitan Handicap (1898)
Twin City 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
Bowling Brook, Duke of Magenta, Harold, Monitor, Tom Ochiltree, Refund

Robert Wyndham Walden (1843 – April 28, 1905) was one of the most successful American trainers in thoroughbred horse racing during the last quarter of the 19th century. He was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1970.[1]

Known by his middle name, Wyndham, in 1872 Walden and his wife Caroline moved from New York City 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, and is tied with Bob Baffert's seven wins.[2] 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.

His son Robert J. Walden won the 1899 Kentucky Derby with Manuel, owned by the Morris brothers, Alfred and Dave.

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 death in 1905, Bowling Brook Farm was taken over by his wife, then on her death 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.

Classic Race winning horses[edit]

Kentucky Derby:

Preakness Stakes:

Belmont Stakes:


  1. ^ "R. W. Walden". Racingmuseum.org. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  2. ^ Hoppert, Melissa (May 19, 2018). "Justify Wins the Preakness, Keeping Alive Hopes for a Triple Crown". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2018.