Roger Attfield
Trainer Bios

Roger Attfield

Born: November 28, 1939 in Newbury, England

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 69

Stakes Wins: 18

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

During the 2022 Spring Meet, sent out Shirl's Speight to win the Maker's Mark Mile (G1) by a nose. He also won the race in 2004 with Perfect Soul (IRE), the broodmare sire of Shirl's Speight. Perfect Soul also took the 2003 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).

Won first Keeneland race during the 1990 Spring Meet.

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

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  with Perfect Shirl (dam of his 2022 Maker's Mark Mile-G1 winner, Shirl's Speight).

Won his 2,000th race in North America on July 2, 2022, at Woodbine when Lady Speightspeare won the eighth race. His North American career earnings are nearing $109 million.

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

Has 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 Canadian 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).

Click here for his Equibase career record.


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.