Trainer of the Week Posted On:Dec 03, 2010 | Posted By:Glen
Trainer of the Week
(Taken from the Thoroughbred Times TODAY)
December 3, 2010
Illinois-based Chris Block saddled the first Grade 1 winner of his career on Saturday when Giant Oak was awarded victory in the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Giant Oak finished second but was elevated to first when stewards ruled Successful Dan interfered with another horse in the stretch. Successful Dan was disqualified from first and placed third.
The victory helped elevate Block to the top of the list of leading North American trainers by purse earnings for the week ended December 2. Block ranks 38th by purse earnings for the year through Wednesday with $2,785,810.
Giant Oak, who placed in multiple Grade 2 and Grade 3 races prior to Saturday's breakthrough victory, is among Block's more successful runners. Block also trains Giant Oak's full sister, Apple Martini, who has won three career stakes.
Block also saddled Fort Prado in 11 stakes victories, including three times in the Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington Park.