Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes

The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes is a Grade I American Weight for Age Thoroughbred horse race for three years old and older over a distance of ​1 12 miles on the turf track scheduled annually in late September or early October at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The event currently offers a purse of $250,000.

Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes
Grade I race
LocationBelmont Park
Elmont, New York, United States
Inaugurated1977 (as Turf Classic at Aqueduct Racetrack)
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
WebsiteNYRA
Race information
Distance1 12 miles
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and older
WeightWeight for Age
Purse$250,000 (2020)

HistoryEdit

The inaugural running of the event was on 19 November 1977 as the Aqueduct Turf Classic Stakes and was won by Johnny D., ridden by 17-year-old Steve Cauthen by ​3 34 lengths in a time of 2:33​15.[1] The event was scheduled two weeks after the Washington D.C. International, an event that Johnny D. won as well[1] earning him US Champion Male Turf Horse honors for 1977. The following year the event was held at Belmont Park.[2] In 1979 the event was classified Grade I and was returned to Aqueduct and was held there until 1983.[2]

In 1983 the name of the event was shortened to being called just the Turf Classic. The event drew the top Thoroughbreds from the U.S. and Europe when it was part of a million dollar bonus for any horse who won it plus the Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto and the Washington D.C. International at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. That year the champion French bred filly All Along was able to win the treble, winning the million dollar bonus[3] and being crowned US Champion Female Turf Horse and US Horse of the Year.

Other notable champions to win the event in the pre-Breeders' Cup era include the French bred mare, winner in 1978, Waya, who was crowned the US Champion Older Female Horse the following year. The Irish bred filly April Run won the event twice in 1981 and 1982. In 1982 she also won the Washington D.C. International and was voted as US Champion Female Turf Horse. John Henry remarkably won this event in 1984 as a nine year old and what would be his second last start. He was crowned the US Horse of the Year that year.

Early in the Breeders' Cup era the event immediately become one of the major preparatory races for the Breeders' Cup Turf. The 1986 winner the three-year-old Manila and 1987 winner the Irish bred Theatrical, both won the Breeders' Cup Turf and were voted US Champion Male Turf Horse. In 1994 Tikkanen also won the Turf Classic-Breeders' Cup Turf double enroute to US Champion Male Turf Horse.

In 2004 the event was renamed is named in honor of Joe Hirsch, the award-winning racing columnist and founding president of the National Turf Writers Association. Joe Hirsch, aged 80, died on January 9, 2009.[4]

Dual winner English Channel was a Breeders' Cup Turf winner in 2007 and also the sire of Channel Maker, a dual winner (2018, 2020) and second placed finisher in 2019 of this event.

RecordsEdit

Time record:

Margins:

  • 10 14 lengths – Grand Couturier (GB) (2008)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Grade Ref
At Belmont Park – Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes
2020 Channel Maker 4 Manuel Franco William I. Mott Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, R. A. Hill Stable & Reeves Thoroughbred Racing 1 12 miles 2:25.99 $250,000 I [5]
2019 Arklow 5 Junior Alvarado Brad H. Cox Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger & Peter Coneway 1 12 miles 2:27.34 $507,500 I [6]
2018 Channel Maker 4 Jose L. Ortiz William I. Mott Wachtel Stable & Gary Barber 1 12 miles 2:30.73 $500,000 I [7]
2017 Beach Patrol 4 Joel Rosario Chad C. Brown James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners & Head of Plains Partners 1 12 miles 2:26.29 $500,000 I [8]
2016 Ectot (GB) 5 Jose L. Ortiz Todd A. Pletcher Al Shaqab Racing & Gerard Augustin-Normand 1 12 miles 2:28.76 $475,000 I [9]
2015 Big Blue Kitten 7 Joe Bravo Chad C. Brown Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 1 12 miles 2:23.39 $600,000 I [10]
2014 Main Sequence 5 Rajiv Maragh H. Graham Motion Flaxman Holdings 1 12 miles 2:26.32 $600,000 I [11]
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes
2013 Little Mike 6 Mike E. Smith Dale L. Romans Priscilla Vaccarezza 1 12 miles 2:25.00 $600,000 I [12]
2012 Point of Entry 4 John R. Velazquez Claude R. McGaughey III Phipps Stable 1 12 miles 2:33.73 $600,000 I [13]
2011 Cape Blanco (IRE) 4 Jamie P. Spencer Aidan P. O'Brien Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Mrs. Fitriani Hay 1 12 miles 2:36.61 $500,000 I [14]
2010 Winchester 5 Cornelio Velasquez Christophe Clement Bertram and Diana Firestone 1 12 miles 2:36.09 $500,000 I [15]
2009 Interpatation 7 Robby Albarado Robert Barbara Elliot Mavorah 1 12 miles 2:41.22 $600,000 I [16]
2008 Grand Couturier (GB) 5 Alan Garcia Robert Ribaudo Marc Keller 1 12 miles 2:34.84 $600,000 I [17]
2007 English Channel 5 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 1 12 miles 2:25.73 $600,000 I [18]
2006 § English Channel 4 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher James T. Scatuorchio 1 12 miles 2:28.69 $600,000 I [19]
2005 Shakespeare 4 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Dell Ridge Farm & William Schettine 1 12 miles 2:27.22 $750,000 I [20]
2004 Kitten's Joy 3 John R. Velazquez Dale L. Romans Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 1 12 miles 2:29.97 $750,000 I [21]
Turf Classic Invitational Stakes
2003 Sulamani (IRE) 4 Jerry D. Bailey Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin Racing 1 12 miles 2:27.51 $750,000 I [22]
2002 § Denon 4 Edgar S. Prado Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann & Flaxman Stable 1 12 miles 2:28.47 $750,000 I [23]
2001 Timboroa (GB) 5 Edgar S. Prado Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1 12 miles 2:29.43 $750,000 I [24]
2000 John's Call 9 Jean-Luc Samyn Thomas H. Voss Trillium Stable 1 12 miles 2:28.58 $750,000 I [25]
1999 Val's Prince 7 Jorge F. Chavez H. James Bond Robin Martin & Steve Weiner 1 12 miles 2:28.63 $600,000 I [26]
1998 Buck's Boy 5 Shane Sellers P. Noel Hickey Quarter B Farm 1 12 miles 2:33.25 $500,000 I [27]
1997 Val's Prince 5 Mike E. Smith James E. Picou Robin Martin & Steve Weiner 1 12 miles 2:28.92 $500,000 I [28]
1996 Diplomatic Jet 4 Jorge F. Chavez James E. Picou Fred W. Hooper 1 12 miles 2:27.51 $500,000 I [29]
1995 Turk Passer 5 John R. Velazquez Flint S. Schulhofer Michael Shanley 1 12 miles 2:36.63 $500,000 I [30]
1994 Tikkanen 3 Cash Asmussen Jonathan E. Pease Augustin Stable 1 12 miles 2:25.88 $500,000 I [31]
1993 Apple Tree (FR) 4 Mike E. Smith André Fabre Mohammed Al Kabeer 1 12 miles 2:28.31 $500,000 I [32]
1992 Sky Classic 5 Pat Day James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1 12 miles 2:24.50 $500,000 I [33]
1991 Solar Splendor 4 Herb McCauley Patrick J. Kelly Live Oak Plantation 1 12 miles 2:27.89 $500,000 I [34]
At Belmont Park – Turf Classic
1990 Cacoethes 4 Ray Cochrane Guy Harwood Lady Jane Harrison 1 12 miles 2:25.00 $600,000 I [35]
1989 Yankee Affair 7 Jose A. Santos Henry L. Carroll Jujugen Stable 1 12 miles 2:27.20 $654,200 I [36]
1988 Sunshine Forever 3 Angel Cordero Jr. John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 1 12 miles 2:33.80 $600,000 I [37]
1987 Theatrical (IRE) 5 Pat Day William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 1 12 miles 2:29.20 $600,000 I [38]
1986 Manila 3 Jose A. Santos LeRoy Jolley Bradley M. Shannon 1 12 miles 2:27.80 $705,250 I [39]
1985 Noble Fighter 3 Alain Lequeux Mitri Saliba Buckram Oak Farm 1 12 miles 2:25.40 $718,500 I [40]
1984 John Henry 9 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 1 12 miles 2:25.20 $626,250 I [41]
At Aqueduct
1983 ƒ All Along (FR) 4 Walter R. Swinburn Patrick L. Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 1 12 miles 2:34.00 $585,700 I [42]
1982 ƒ April Run (IRE) 4 Cash Asmussen François Boutin Diana M. Firestone 1 12 miles 2:29.80 $476,800 I [43]
1981 ƒ April Run (IRE) 3 Philippe Paquet François Boutin Diana M. Firestone 1 12 miles 2:31.20 $300,000 I [44]
1980 ƒ Anifa 4 Alfred Gibert Mitri Saliba Buckram Oak Farm 1 12 miles 2:39.60 $300,000 I [45]
1979 Bowl Game 5 Jorge Velasquez John M. Gaver Jr. Greentree Stable 1 12 miles 2:28.20 $250,000 I [46]
At Belmont
1978 ƒ Waya (FR) 4 Angel Cordero Jr. Angel Penna Sr. Daniel Wildenstein 1 12 miles 2:26.80 $200,000 [47]
At Aqueduct
1977 Johnny D. 3 Steve Cauthen Michael Kay Dana S. Bray Jr. 1 12 miles 2:33.20 $200,000 [1]

Legend:
  Turf
Notes:
§ Ran as an entry
ƒ Filly or Mare

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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