Chris Grove has risen to the top of his profession in the last several years and topped the standings in Maryland in 2010. He received the MTHA’s Outstanding Trainer Award in 2007, the season in which he won eight stakes with three different horses. Mr. Grove’s recent stable stars include 2010 Barbara Fritchie Stakes-G2 winner Sweet Goodbye and General George Stakes-G2 winner Greenspring. He also conditioned millionaire Silmaril and Lexi Star, who together won 17 stakes.
Currently, Mr. Grove has 50 horses in his stable at Bowie, for 15 different owners.
A son of current Maryland steward and former champion jockey Phil Grove, Mr. Grove has been involved with horses all of his life. He competed internationally as an amateur flat rider and served as an exercise rider for some of Maryland’s best runners before launching his career as a public trainer over a dozen years ago.
Mr. Grove and his wife, Rachael, have two sons, Noah and Carson.
A current member of the MTHA Board, Mr. Grove says he considers it his obligation to support the industry to the best of his ability. “The first thing we have to do is ensure Maryland racing thrives for years to come,” says Mr. Grove. “We can’t rest now that slots are here; we need to further improve this great Maryland tradition in other facets as well.”