Baker accepts GM duties at WinStar
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chris Baker has accepted the position of General Manager at WinStar Farm, it was announced on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Baker had been the General Manager at Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, Va. for late owner Edward P. Evans. He comes to WinStar with 25 years of experience in the Thoroughbred industry, including the last 11 years spent at Spring Hill.

“I share a lot of enthusiasm with Kenny Troutt and Elliott Walden on their vision for WinStar, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of such a first-class operation,” said Baker. “WinStar has achieved some tremendous things in its relatively short history. It is clear that Excellence is the standard when you look at the farm's many successes with its stallion operation, breeding & training programs, and racing stable. I am excited about the future, and feel challenged to build on the success.” 

Walden, WinStar's President & CEO, said: “Chris brings a wealth of expertise in many areas and will be a welcome addition to our team. He's been around some great horses and some great people, and his contributions to the long-term success of Mr. Evans' Spring Hill Farm speak for themselves. We're glad to have him on board.”

Baker graduated from the University of Maryland in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and initially got into training in several different racing jurisdictions around the world, such as Australia, England and New Zealand. In the States, he worked for Lanes End's training division and also lived in California as an assistant trainer to Hall of Famers Richard Mandella and Neil Drysdale, working with such champions on the racetrack as Kotashaan, Phone Chatter and A.P. Indy.

After becoming a public trainer himself in the late 90s, Baker followed his passion into farm management. He worked as farm manager at Vinery around the turn of the century before being hired by Mr. Evans in late 2000. 

In the last decade, Spring Hill and Mr. Evans ascended to industry leaders in breeding and owning, shaping many top thoroughbred families and accomplishing many success stories on and off the racetrack. The program has accounted for producing well over 100 stakes winners, including such top horses as champion Saint Liam and record-setting Grade 1 winner Quality Road.

Spring Hill and Mr. Evans were honored as the TOBA National Breeders of the Year in both 2009 & 2010, and were also recognized as the TOBA Virginia Breeder of the Year nine times.

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