Team Block’s nine-year-old Illinois bred Cammack got the fourteenth win of his career in the fifth race Saturday June 8 going 1 1/16th-miles over a Good turf course.
Owned by Team Block and trained by Chris Block, Cammack broke his maiden at first asking back in 2013. After one other victory later that year, it would be three years before he would find the Arlington winners circle again. He made his return to Arlington in May of 2016 kicking off a five-race win streak, which included a win in the 2016 Black Tie Affair Handicap.
“He started off okay early on,” Block said. “We had high hopes for him early and he did okay, but he really got consistent and came into himself as he got older,” he said. “Even now at nine, he’s still got it.”
Cammack has always been a special horse to trainer Chris Block who trained his half-brother Fort Prado. Fort Prado not only won the Black Tie Affair four times (2005-07, 2009) but was also Illinois Horse of the Year in 2006 as well as a leading sire in the state for many years.
“Cammack has always been special to us not only for what he’s accomplished on the racetrack but also because he’s the half to Fort Prado,” said Block. “Fort Prado was a champion and very successful in all aspects so to have Cammack still here in my barn makes it pretty special,” he said.
Cammack is also a special horse in the Block barn due to his name. Cammack was named after Addison Cammack who was highly respected by all of Illinois horsemen and served as the shipping agent at Arlington for 30 years.
“Addison Cammack was a dear friend of mine,” Block said. “Before I was even a trainer everyone around here knew him and loved him. He became a friend of my family and my team. When he passed away from lung cancer, we decided to name this horse after him,” he said.
Now at nine-years-old the son of Giant’s Causeway is still showing no signs of slowing down. Since returning to Arlington for the 2019 meet, Cammack has a win and a second place finish so far.
“Every year he acts younger than he actually is,” said Block. “It’s really nothing that we’ve done. He knows what he’s doing in the mornings. He’ll go out there and train himself so it’s really a testament to him and how he has handled himself throughout his career,” he said.
“We’ll keep him in Allowance Optional claimers here hoping that they keep filling,” explained Block. “He’s still a sharp and competitive horse and we haven’t seen any signs of him slowing down.”
Cammack has earned over $470,000 in his 41 career starts so far. His lifetime record is 41-14-5-5 and he is a multiple time stakes winner. His last three victories have been over the turf course, which he is expected to stay on this Arlington meet and inch his way closer to the half-million dollar career lifetime earnings mark.