Wallin leaves Svanstedt, opens own stable
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Dont Press Send, out of the mare Roisin and from the same family as two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Wesgate Crown, sold for $50,000. Winbak Noelle, out of Winbak Roberta, sold for $14,000.
"I had one guy from Europe that sent me to look at a horse and I really looked at him," Wallin said about Dont Press Send. "He liked the breeding, so we went for him. I liked him; he was a good looking horse, standing good, showed a lot of personality on the video. He seems to be a happy horse and he gives me a good feeling."
Wallin has five horses, including stakes-winning 7-year-old trotter Appomattox. Wallin's stable made its debut with a second-place finish from 2-year-old trotting colt Yankee Doodle Andi on Oct. 27 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Wallin bought the horse for $10,500 at the Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands.
At last month's Lexington Selected Sale, Wallin bought Big Bang De Vie, whose family includes two-time Dan Patch Award winner Lucky Chucky, for $35,000.
In addition to serving as an assistant trainer at Svanstedt's stable, Wallin has won 26 of 171 drives the past two years, but plans to focus on training at this point.
"I think I'm going to try to put on the best catch-drivers," Wallin said. "If they cannot drive, then I'll drive myself. These guys are so good and they drive so many races every week, if you have the chance to get them it's stupid not to use them." (HRC)