At age 76 Roger Attfield is doing anything but slowing down. His annual routine takes him to Gulfstream Park, Keeneland and then back home to Woodbine. And he may work in the fall meeting at Keeneland as well. The English born Attfield has received the highest racing honor on both sides of the Canadian-US border. He has been inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in both countries. He has won the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Trainer in Canada a record six times. And a very impressive note in his resume is that Attfield trained three of the seven horses who have won the Canadian Triple Crown.
Scoring with first layoff runners is where Attfield excels the most. Over 62% of his winners at Keeneland have been those returning from a rest. About 18% of his winners are those in their second race after a layoff. Attfield normally works his horses 6-8 days apart with a final prep coming 3-4 days before race day. Over two-thirds of his winners have their final work at Keeneland, no matter from where he is shipping.
A large percentage of Attfield’s runners will show work (including racing) between 12-20 furlongs in the past 30 days. Longshots rarely come with a Roger Attfield entry. Of all his wins in Lexington he has only one runner that went off at more than 10-1. Three owners account for more than half of Attfield’s winners: Charles Fipke, Stella Perdomo and Harlequin Racing. Half of Attfield’s winners were ridden by either John Velazquez, Jose Lezcano or Javier Castellano.
Keeneland Winning Trainer Pattern no longer includes boring stats on a bunch of trainers. Instead, author Art Parker has taken a hard look into his comprehensive personal database at the trainers that win the majority of races at the meet – the 24 so-called Kings of Keeneland.
Parker’s includes two bonus handicapping articles written by veteran turf writers Tom Amello and Rich Nilsen.