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Walder Happy For His Mentor Roger Attfield

Posted Thursday, Aug 9, 2012

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When trainer Roger Attfield is enshrined in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York on Friday morning, Peter Walder will be one of those cheering loudest.

            Walder, who trains a string of horses at Monmouth Park, formerly worked as Attfield’s assistant in Canada.

            “I am thrilled for him and there isn’t anybody who deserves this recognition more,” said Walder, who trained the now-retired Force Freeze to a second place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last year. “Roger is all class.”

            Attfield will become one of only three trainers to be inducted into both the American and Canadian Halls of Fame. Winning Canada’s prestigious Queen’s Plate eight times and training three Canadian Triple Crown winners are among his long list of lofty accomplishments. He won his first Breeders’ Cup last year when Lady Shirl was the upset winner of the Filly & Mare Turf.

            “We had great horses in the ban,” said Walder, who is not able to attend the ceremony. “And look at the assistant trainers who came out of his barn and went on to be successful on their own. There’s Danny Keough, and plenty of others besides me.”

             


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