Lois Duffey Dead
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1935 Horse of the Year Discovery, bred by Lois Duffey's father Walter Salmon Sr.

Lois Duffey, who won the 1990 Seagram Grand National Steeplechase in England with Mr. Frisk, died Oct. 6 in Chestertown, Md. She was 96.

An 11-year-old at the time, Mr. Frisk captured the Grand National in record time over 37 rivals.

Duffey's father, Walter Salmon Sr., was one of the leading breeder/owners of the 20th century. Among the horses bred by Salmon at his Mereworth Farm operation near Lexington was 1935 Horse of the Year Discovery, the maternal grandsire of Bold Ruler and Native Dancer. Following Salmon's death, Duffey's brother, Walter Salmon Jr., took charge of the operation. Mereworth now is owned by Walter Salmon Jr.'s daughter, Susan Donaldson.

Duffey also raced stakes winners Talkin Butter and Secret Amie. Talkin Butter's wins included a victory in the 1992 Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Handicap. Secret Aime, bred by Mereworth, was a three-time stakes winner in the 1980s. Another of Duffey's jumpers, Pestamystic, was stakes-placed.

In addition to Donaldson, Duffey's survivors include a son, Stoney, and a daughter, Amanda, plus several grandchildren.



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