Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

The Clement L. Hirsch Stakes is a Grade I American Thoroughbred horse race for fillies and mares age three years and older over a distance of one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt track, scheduled annually in late July or early August at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California. The event currently carries a purse of $300,000.

Clement L. Hirsch Stakes
Grade I race
LocationDel Mar Racetrack
Del Mar, California, United States
Inaugurated1937 (as Chula Vista Handicap)
Race typeThoroughbredflat racing
WebsiteDel Mar
Race information
Distance1+116 miles
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationFillies and mares, three-years-old and older
WeightBase weights with allowances:
4-year-olds and up: 125 lbs.
3-year-olds: 121 lbs.
Purse$300,000 (2021)

HistoryEdit

The event was inaugurated as the Chula Vista Handicap on July 17, 1937, as a five and one-half furlong race for two-year-olds bred in California and was won by High Strike owned by singer Bing Crosby.[1] The event was held again until 1967 when it was run at a distance of one mile.

In 1973, the race was brought back permanently as a contest for horses aged three and older at a distance of 1+18 miles on the turf.[2] During the next few years there would be more distance changes. It was run at 1+18 miles in 1973, 1 mile in 1974–1975, and seven and one-half furlongs from 1976–1980, after which it was set at its current distance of 1+116 miles.[2]

In 1981 the event was moved to the dirt and the events conditions changed to the current restriction of fillies and mares that are three-years-old and older. Since then it has been run on the dirt except from 2007 to 2014 when Del Mar used a synthetic "all weather" surface.[3]

In 2000 it was renamed to honor Clement L. Hirsch (1914–2000), a Thoroughbred owner whose horse, Magical Maiden won this race in 1993.[4] A Newport Beach, California businessman, Hirsch was responsible for the creation of the Oak Tree Racing Association.

The race was run in two divisions in 1977 and again in 1980.[5]

The event was classified as Grade III in 1983, upgraded to Grade II in 1986 and a Grade I event in 2009.[3] At the same time, conditions for the event changed from a handicap to a stakes format.[3]

In the 1980s when this event became a fillies and mares race it started to attract high calibre performers that would confirm the status of the event. Starting in 1984 with the winner Princess Rooney who later that year would win the Breeders' Cup Distaff and be crowned US Champion Older Dirt Female Horse. The 1990 winner, the Argentine bred mare Bayakoa would rectify her unplaced finish from 1989[2] and would also win the Breeders' Cup Distaff for the second time and retain her position as US Champion Older Dirt Female Horse. Allen E. Paulson's two-time winner of the event, Azeri would become US Horse of the Year in 2002. Zenyatta proved her dominance in this event winning it three times and with that she continued on winning the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic and in 2010 becoming US Horse of the Year.

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

  • 1+116: 1:40.00 – Matching (1982) (new stakes and track record)

Speed record:

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Grade Ref
Clement L. Hirsch Stakes
2022 Blue Stripe (ARG) 5 Hector I. Berrios Marcelo Polanco Pozo de Luna 1+116 miles 1:42.97 $400,000 I [6]
2021 Shedaresthedevil 4 Florent Geroux Brad Cox Flurry Racing Stables, Qatar Racing and Big Aut Farms 1+116 miles 1:45.38 $300,000 I [7]
2020 Fighting Mad 4 Abel Cedillo Bob Baffert Gary L. & Mary E. West 1+116 miles 1:43.46 $250,500 I [8]
2019 Ollie's Candy 4 Kent J. Desormeaux John W. Sadler Paul & Karen Eggert 1+116 miles 1:44.66 $300,351 I [9]
2018 Unique Bella 4 Mike E. Smith Jerry Hollendorfer Don Alberto Stable 1+116 miles 1:44:40 $300,000 I [10]
2017 Stellar Wind 5 Victor Espinoza John W. Sadler Hronis Racing 1+116 miles 1:43.92 $300,000 I [11]
2016 Stellar Wind 4 Victor Espinoza John W. Sadler Hronis Racing 1+116 miles 1:41.24 $300,000 I [12]
2015 Beholder 5 Gary L. Stevens Richard E. Mandella Spendthrift Farm 1+116 miles 1:43.81 $300,750 I [13]
2014 Iotapa 4 Joseph Talamo John W. Sadler Hronis Racing 1+116 miles 1:43.04 $300,250 I [14]
2013 Lady of Fifty 4 Corey Nakatani Jerry Hollendorfer Jerry Hollendorfer & George Todaro 1+116 miles 1:42.96 $301,000 I [15]
2012 Include Me Out 3 Joseph Talamo Ronald W. Ellis Jay Em Ess Stable 1+116 miles 1:41.96 $300,000 I [16]
2011 Ultra Blend 5 Tyler Baze Art Sherman Nels J. Erickson 1+116 miles 1:42.28 $300,000 I [17]
2010 Zenyatta 6 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1+116 miles 1:45.03 $300,000 I [18]
2009 Zenyatta 5 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1+116 miles 1:43.24 $300,000 I [19]
Clement L. Hirsch Handicap
2008 Zenyatta 4 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1+116 miles 1:41.48 $300,000 II [20]
2007 Nashoba's Key 4 Joseph Talamo Carla Gaines Warren B. Williamson 1+116 miles 1:48.29 $300,000 II [21]
2006 Healthy Addiction 5 Victor Espinoza John W. Sadler Pamela C. Ziebarth 1+116 miles 1:42.92 $294,000 II [22]
2005 Tucked Away 5 Alex O. Solis Patrick Gallagher Nico Nierenberg 1+116 miles 1:42.82 $300,000 II [23]
2004 Miss Loren (ARG) 6 Jon Court Luis E. Seglin Llers Corporation 1+116 miles 1:42.93 $300,000 II [24]
2003 Azeri 5 Mike E. Smith Laura de Seroux A. E. Paulson Trust 1+116 miles 1:42.12 $300,000 II [25]
2002 Azeri 4 Mike E. Smith Laura de Seroux A. E. Paulson Trust 1+116 miles 1:42.66 $300,000 II [26]
2001 Tranquility Lake 6 Eddie Delahoussaye Julio C. Canani Pam & Martin Wygod 1+116 miles 1:41.78 $294,000 II [27]
2000 Riboletta (BRZ) 5 Chris McCarron Eduardo Inda Aaron U. & Marie Jones 1+116 miles 1:42.06 $300,000 II [28]
Chula Vista Handicap
1999 A Lady From Dixie 4 Chris Antley D. Wayne Lukas Robert D. & Marilyn Randal 1+116 miles 1:43.40 $300,000 II [29]
1998 Sharp Cat 4 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase The Thoroughbred Corp. 1+116 miles 1:42.00 $294,000 II [30]
1997 Radu Cool 5 Chris McCarron John Shirreffs 505 Farms 1+116 miles 1:42.60 $300,000 II [31]
1996 Different (ARG) 4 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney Craig 1+116 miles 1:42.40 $303,200 II [32]
1995 Borodislew 5 Chris McCarron Eduardo Inda 505 Farms 1+116 miles 1:41.80 $313,100 II [33]
1994 § Paseana (ARG) 7 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney Craig 1+116 miles 1:40.40 $202,100 II [34]
1993 Magical Maiden 4 Gary L. Stevens Warren Stute Clement L. Hirsch 1+116 miles 1:42.60 $213,600 II [4]
1992 Exchange 4 Laffit Pincay Jr. William Spawr Sidney Craig 1+116 miles 1:42.00 $213,100 II [35]
1991 Vieille Vigne (FR) 4 Martin A. Pedroza Jude T. Feld Fry & Gasen 1+116 miles 1:42.60 $210,300 II [36]
1990 Bayakoa (ARG) 6 Laffit Pincay Jr. Ron McAnally Frank & Janis Whitham 1+116 miles 1:40.60 $156,000 II [37]
1989 Goodbye Halo 4 Corey Black Charles E. Whittingham Alex Campbell Jr. & Arthur B. Hancock III 1+116 miles 1:41.80 $133,400 II [38]
1988 Clabber Girl 5 Chris McCarron D. Wayne Lukas John A. Nerud 1+116 miles 1:41.60 $131,600 II [39]
1987 Infinidad (CHI) 5 Corey Black Charles E. Whittingham Arthur B. Hancock III 1+116 miles 1:41.40 $106,650 II [40]
1986 Fran's Valentine 4 Bill Shoemaker Joseph Manzi Green Thumb Farm 1+116 miles 1:41.40 $100,000 II [41]
1985 Dontstop Themusic 5 Darrel G. McHargue Randy Winick Albert R. & Dana N. Broccoli 1+116 miles 1:41.80 $79,775 III [42]
1984 Princess Rooney 4 Pat Valenzuela Neil D. Drysdale Paula J. Tucker 1+116 miles 1:40.40 $105,350 III [43]
1983 § Sangue (IRE) 5 Bill Shoemaker Henry M. Moreno R. Charlene Parks 1+116 miles 1:42.20 $80,350 III [44]
1982 Matching 4 Ray Sibille Steven L. Morguelan Glencrest Farm & Steven L. Morguelan 1+116 miles 1:40.00 $79,600 [45]
1981 Save Wild Life 4 Chris McCarron Howard M. Tesher H. Joseph Allen 1+116 miles 1:41.60 $81,400 [46]
1980 Wayside Station 5 Pat Valenzuela Edwin J. Gregson Harris Farms 7+12 furlongs 1:28.80 $32,875 Division 1[47]
Galaxy Libra (IRE) 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham L. Rowan (Lessee) 1:29.00 $32,875 Division 2[48]
1979 He's Dewan 4 Darrel G. McHargue Jerry M. Fanning Dan J. Agnew 7+12 furlongs 1:29.00 $39,600 [49]
1978 Nantequos 5 Darrel G. McHargue Ron McAnally Mr. & Mrs. Albert Katz 7+12 furlongs 1:29.40 $33,750 [50]
1977 Notably Different 5 Chuck Baltazar Jay M. Robbins Arthur, Parsons & Robbins 7+12 furlongs 1:29.20 $22,375 Division 1[51]
Authorization 4 Darrel G. McHargue Willard L. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:29.40 $22,175 Division 2[52]
1976 Uniformity 4 Rudy Campas Willard L. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 7+12 furlongs 1:28.20 $28,150 [53]
1975 Bahia Key 5 Wayne Harris Robert K. Mitchell Robert K. Mitchell & Gil Wiener 1 mile 1:34.00 $21,750 [54]
1974 Bahia Key 4 Álvaro Pineda Robert K. Mitchell Robert K. Mitchell & Gil Wiener 1 mile 1:34.20 $22,650 [55]
1973 Grotonian 4 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Marjorie L. Everett[56] 1+18 miles 1:50.60 $21,600 [57]
1968–1972 Race not held
1967 Daystar II (ARG) 5 Bill Hartack Farrell W. Jones Mr. & Mrs. Hastings Harcourt 1 mile 1:35.20 $16,550 [58]
1938–1966 Race not held
1937 High Strike 2 Tim Sena Albert M. Johnson Bing Crosby 5+12 furlongs 1:06.00 $1,145 † Restricted [1]

Legend:
  Dirt   All Weather Track   Turf
Notes:
§ Ran as an entry
† In the 1937 the event was restricted to two year olds bred in California

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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