12/23/2013 10:24AM

Baker named chief operating officer at Three Chimneys

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Veteran horseman and farm manager Chris Baker has been named the chief operating officer at Three Chimneys Farm. Baker, who has over 30 years experience in the horse industry, moves to the Midway, Ky., farm from nearby WinStar Farm, where he served two years as general manager.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baker worked at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky early in his career before transitioning into a career as a trainer, spending time in Australia, New Zealand, and England as well as the U.S., where he served as an assistant to Hall of Fame trainers Richard Mandella and Neil Drysdale before training on his own. Baker then returned to farm management and spent 11 years as general manager at the late Edward P. Evans’s Spring Hill Farm in Virginia before moving to WinStar. He joins the Three Chimneys staff as Robert Clay’s business embarks on a new era in partnership with Brazil’s Borges Torrealba family.

“I could not be more excited about this opportunity to assist Three Chimneys in building on the 40-year legacy they have created in the Thoroughbred industry through strong relationships with great horses and great people,” Baker said. “Now is an optimistic time in the horse business overall, but an especially optimistic time at Three Chimneys as we set out to be stronger than ever.”

“Chris and I met last October and our beliefs on how to raise top-class racehorses were amazingly similar,” said Three Chimneys’s Goncalo Torrealba. “At Spring Hill, Chris’s program produced over 100 stakes winners, including [Horse of the Year] Saint Liam and [Grade 1 winner] Quality Road, and they were [Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association] Breeders of the Year in 2009 and 2010. We are very excited about Chris joining the Three Chimneys team and look forward to a bright future together for many years to come.”