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