08/03/2008 11:00PM

Walden buys Valhalla property

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Breeder and seller Ben Walden Jr., has purchased 235-acre Valhalla Farm near Midway, Ky., where he will continue to operate his commercial breeding program.

Walden sold his Gracefield property near the Kentucky Horse Park to a show jumping operation earlier this year.

Walden said Monday that he plans to trim his broodmare band from about 56 mares to between 20 and 25 "and just have fun."

His plans are to build a new yearling barn, install an Aquaciser underwater treadmill for yearling sales-preparation, and expand the existing foaling barn at Valhalla from 10 to 20. He also will rename the farm Paul's Mill, which he said restores the original name its founders bestowed on the property some decades ago.

Walden expects his first Paul's Mill consignment to sell at Saratoga in 2009.

"My goal is for this to be my last farm," Walden said, "and to be able to grow old on this farm."