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Current Odds: 8-1 B. h. 6, by Dynaformer - Ioya Two, by Lord At War (ARG)
Race HistoryDownload Past Performances
July 13, 2013 - AP
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May 25, 2013 - CD
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March 23, 2013 - GP
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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.
Born in Mexico, Francisco moved with his family to the Chicago area when he was just two years old. His brothers Javier and Ramiro both work in the racing industry as well. Francisco rode with a great deal of success in the Chicago area through much of the 1980s and 1990s. In 2000, he went to the middle east to ride under contract for Abdullah binAbdulaziz al-Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
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Son of 14% turf sire Dynaformer has a record of 9-2-1-3 on the Arlington turf course and was a very game second in this event twelve months ago after leading from the start into the stretch. Six-year-old finished a good second in the Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream in March but has been unplaced in his three starts since, all over twelve furlongs. Bay has shown dramatic form improvement in the past and set the pace before fading to finish fourth behind Dark Cove in his latest and can be near the front from the start again here with Francisco Torres aboard but barn of Chris Block has been having an unusually slow meet.