Chris Block was born December 10, 1966, in Champaign, Ill. He was introduced to racing when his father, David, bought a claiming horse while Chris was in grade school. He went to school for Equine Management in Champaign. Chris worked for Bill Mott at Arlington, Canterbury and Churchill. Took out his trainer’s license in 1989 and saddled his first winner, La Fab, on May 2, 1991 at Sportsman’s Park. Block has trained numerous Illinois divisional champions as well as Illinois Horses of the Year Mystery Giver, Fort Prado, Amazing Results and Giant Oak.