Chris Baker is a 35-year industry veteran with international expertise in multiple facets of the Thoroughbred business. The 1986 University of Maryland graduate initially worked in the broodmare, stallion and racing divisions at Lane's End Farm. He then headed overseas, learning the training craft in racing jurisdictions as varied as Australia, New Zealand and England. Repatriated to California, Chris was an assistant trainer to Hall of Famers Neil Drysdale and Richard Mandella, working with such Champions as A.P. Indy, Kotashaan, and Phone Chatter, before training on his own. A return to farm management eventually brought Chris to Ned Evans' Spring Hill Farm in Virginia, where he served as General Manager for 11 years until that operation dispersed in 2011. During his tenure, Spring Hill produced more than 100 stakes winners, most notably Horse of the Year Saint Liam and Leading Sire Quality Road, and was twice honored as TOBA's National Breeder of the Year. Chris then served as General Manager at WinStar Farm before joining Three Chimneys in December, 2013.
As Chief Operating Officer at Three Chimneys, Chris has been involved in the breeding, growth, development and/or acquisition of Champions or Grade 1 winners Gun Runner, Guarana, Carina Mia, Volatile, Funtastic, Structor and Skitter Scatter among numerous other stakes winners. Notwithstanding these accomplishments by the farm, professionally Chris is most proud of the focus on the horse, standard of excellence and team concept that pervades the culture of Three Chimneys from ownership to management to hourly employees. Personally, Chris enjoys spending active, outdoor time with his wife Diana, their daughter Emma and their four dogs.