A number of noteworthy high-achieving humans plus two Thoroughbred champion racehorses Ghostzapper and Planet were inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame today. Congratulations to the others, but the one I am most interested in apart of the horses (who did not attend) is Roger Attfield. I like his thinking. He really appreciates horses. Attfield has earned over $88M while doing it.
Clare Novak writing for The Blood-Horse reports:
“Attfield, already a member of the Hall of Fame in Canada where he bases his stable, took the opportunity to speak from the heart to the audience. The 72-year-old Englishman has trained three Canadian Triple Crown winners among his winners of 1,731 races with earnings of more than $88 million, and has found considerable success in the U.S. as well as Canada.
“Without the horse, none of us would be here,” Attfield said. “They’re special animals—noble, beautiful animals—that, if kept healthy and sound and well, will always run their best for you. I think it’s very, very important that we respect this. I’m kind of sad what’s happening in racing today, all the bad publicity we’re getting. I feel very strongly that we should be getting back to the way racing is supposed to be, where years ago on the heath in England one person would say to another, ‘my horse is faster than your horse,’ and they’d run against each other. The best horse should be able to win, and we’ve got to clean up some of this stuff that’s going on out there and get rid of the rubbish.”
“The trainer was introduced by David Willmot, former CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group.
“Roger has an amazing capacity to train anything to do anything,” Willmot remarked. “He just has feeling for any animal that is almost unequalled. His love and concern for the health and welfare of the horse is almost unmatched. He has an amazing ability to put a horse in a big race and at the same time keep that horse performing at a high level through the year and right through their career. He knows a happy horse, he knows how to keep a horse happy, and how to extend their careers.”
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5 thoughts on “Canadian and US horseracing Hall of Fame trainer Attfield loves horses”
Roger Attfield is, indeed, one of the great ones. A HORSEMAN THROUGH AND THROUGH.
So wonderful to hear from one trainer who values his horses and his integrity, and has proven that one can be successful in horse racing choosing the best and healthiest course for his horses.
You are right about the pocketbook Peggy. But look at the career of Mr. Attfield. I think US racing has totally lost its way. You can treat horses really, really well and win really, really big.
US breeders, owners and trainers are so entrenched in thinking the only way to win is by doping and cheating. Look what it has done, and is still doing, to the American racehorse. I think they are more scared than unwilling to try to turn it around. Probably terrified they’ll all go broke and/or lose status.
Of course there are those who treat their horses well. How nice it would be for them to have the chances they deserve.
I’m thrilled that some trainers still care about the animal and not just the pocketbook…”THANK YOU” keep up the good work!
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