Roger Attfield
Trainer Bios

Roger Attfield

Born: November 28, 1939 in Newbury, England

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 67

Stakes Wins: 16

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 1985 Pan American at Gulfstream Park with Selous Scout

First Stakes Win: 1976 Plate Trial at Woodbine with Norcliffe

First Graded Stakes Win: 1985 Pan American at Gulfstream Park with Selous Scout

First Career Win: 1976

At Keeneland

Won the 2016 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select with Shakhimat on opening day of the Spring Meet.

Won first Keeneland race during the 1990 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 1990 Forerunner (G3) with Izvestia.

16 stakes wins include the 2003 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) and 2004 Maker’s Mark Mile (G2) with Perfect Soul (IRE).

Trained popular gray Musketier (GER), who won the 2010 and 2011 Elkhorn (G2), the latter at age 9.


Became the first Canadian-based trainer to be elected to the Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.

Breeders’ Cup win: 2011 Filly and Mare Turf (G1) with Perfect Shirl.

North American career earnings exceed $103 million with 1,930 wins through Dec. 3, 2018.

2017 earnings were $2,361,352 with 39 wins. He won the Connaught Cup (G2) with Tower of Texas, Ontario Derby (G3) with Tiz a Slam and Tropical Turf (G3) with Shakhimat.

2016 earnings of $2,508,391 with 39 wins, including the Autumn (G2) with Are You Kidding Me and the Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select with Shakhimat.

Inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1999, his first year of eligibility.

Has won a record eight Sovereign Awards as Canada’s outstanding trainer (1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 2002, 2009, 2010).

Has trained more than 50 Sovereign Award winners, including six Canadian Horses of the Year. They are Alywow (1994), Peteski (1993), Izvestia (1990), With Approval (1989), Play the King (1988) and Norcliffe (1976). Other Canadian champions include Talkin Man, Carotene, Perfect Soul (IRE), Musketier (GER) and Forte Dei Marmi (GB).

Trained three of Canada’s seven Triple Crown winners: Peteski, Izvestia and With Approval.

Won Canada’s premier race, the Queen’s Plate, a record eight times (1976, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2008).

2015 earnings were $2,740,394. His 40 wins included three Grade 2 victories by Are You Kidding Me: Eclipse, Nijinsky and Autumn.

2014 earnings were $1,402,286 with 13 wins.


Roger grew up riding horses and competed on the international show jumping circuit, briefly attempting a career as an amateur steeplechase rider. He earned a degree in agriculture, specializing in farm management, from Parkhurst College in England.

After moving to Canada in 1970, Roger worked with horses and opened a chain of clothing boutiques but returned to horses full time in about a year. He took out his trainer’s license in 1971 after galloping horses for other trainers and began his training career with Roy Kenney’s Gateway Farms in Milton, Ontario. He later trained for Charles “Bud” Baker’s Norcliffe Stable and Bud Willmot’s Kinghaven Farms.