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Michael G. Walsh

Michael G. Walsh
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   Mickey Walsh trained steeplechase horses for half a century and produced 31 stakes winners, including the champion King Commander.

   Walsh was born into a family of Irish horsemen Kildorrery, County Cork, Ireland, and immigrated to the United States in 1925.

   He began his career as a trainer of show horses and jumpers and had his first race winner in 1941.

   Walsh was one of the leading steeplechase trainers of the 1950s despite losing his stable to a fire in 1952. He rebounded quickly and was the nation’s leading race-winning steeplechase trainer from 1953-1955. He also led all steeplechase trainers in earnings in 1953, 1954 and 1960.

   Walsh’s best horse was steeplechase champion King Commander, winner of the Temple Gwathmey, and six other major races.

   He also trained American Grand National winner Independence; Rhythminhim, winner of seven major races; Nautilus, winner of the New York Turf Writers Cup and Saratoga Steeplechase; as well as Sandhill Flight, Langton Breeze, Appollon, Somaten, Gift of Gold, Reno Sam, Breaking Dawn, Free Romance, and Red Brick House.

   Walsh won multiple victories in many of steeplechasing’s most famous races, including six Carolina Cups and six Saratoga Steeplechases. He became the third steeplechase trainer to surpass $1 million in purse earnings.

   Walsh was the founder of the Stoneybrook Races in Southern Pines, N.C., and was presented the F. Ambrose Clark Award in 1975.

   Walsh was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1997.