Vice President/Racing Manager WinStar Farm
Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), WinStar
Farm chairman and co-owner Bill Casner credited the farm's team for its
success. One of the key members of that team is Elliott Walden, a former
trainer who is now WinStar's vice president and racing manager.
is a third generation horseman from a family entrenched in Thoroughbred
breeding and racing. He is the son of the late Ben Walden, Sr., who formerly
operated Vinery. Before taking out his first training license in 1985, Walden
assisted trainers Leroy Jolley, Dennis Ebert, John Godsen. Hawk Attack's
victory in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington in 1995 was Walden's first grade
was represented by his first classic win when he trained Prestonwood Farm's Victory
Gallop to win the 1998 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). As a 4-year-old, Victory Gallop went
on to win both the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) and the Stephen Foster Handicap
(gr. II) and was named Eclipse champion older horse. Walden ranked third on the
trainer's list that year $7.2 million.
his career, Walden won the Churchill Downs spring meet training title three
times and was leading trainer at Keeneland twice. In July 2005, Walden changed
roles within the organization, going from private trainer to racing manager. In
December of 2005, Walden was named vice president of WinStar Farm where he is
responsible for management oversight, both on and off the farm.