Chris Richard

Born: 05/17/1971

Resides: Schaumburg, Illinois

Richard, a native of Ragley, La. who pronounces his name Ree-shard, grew up helping his trainer grandfather, Francis Gillory, who maintained a farm and ran horses at Delta Downs. After graduating high school, he attended nearby McNeese State before transferring to Texas A & M where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Equine Science in 1995 and a Master of Science degree in in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in 1998.

While at Texas A & M, Richard also began gaining valuable experience outside the classroom, first working at the Carter Wallace Farm, a large Thoroughbred operation outside Dallas and then just after college, he went to work as a private trainer for Houston-based owner James (Mattress Mac) McIngvale. In 2001, Richard went to work for trainer Tom Amoss and spent roughly four years with his fellow Louisiana native before starting his own stable in 2005.

Richard has been among the top 10 trainers at Oaklawn the last few years and has been leading trainer at Prairie Meadows since 2011. His biggest win to date in Hot Springs came in 2012 when he and main owner Maggi Moss pulled the upset in the 2012 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap with Outta Tune. His other Oaklawn stakes winners are Native Ruler and Apprehender.