Christophe Clement

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Christophe Clement
Clement in a Paddock at Payson Park, Indiantown, Florida.
Occupation Thoroughbred Horse Trainer
Born (1965-11-01) November 1, 1965 (age 52)
Paris, France
Career wins 1,800+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins

 United States Grade I:

Canada Canada Grade I:

"Trainer of 2011 Eclipse awards winner"

  • "Gio Ponti: American Champion Male Turf Horse 2010"

"Trainer of 2010 Eclipse awards winner in two divisions"

  • "Gio Ponti: American Champion Male Turf Horse 2009"
  • "Gio Ponti: American Champion Older male Horse 2009"
"Leading trainer 2010 Keeneland spring meet"

Christophe Clement (born November 1, 1965 in Paris, France) is a Thoroughbred horse trainer in the United States, who won the 2014 Belmont Stakes with Tonalist.

Racing background[edit]

Clement initially acquired his training skills from father Miguel, a leading trainer in France, Christophe later worked for the prominent French racing family of trainer Alec Head. In the US, Christophe studied under Hall Of Fame conditioner Shug McGaughey before returning to Europe to work as assistant to trainer Luca Cumani in Newmarket, England.

Racing career[edit]

Christophe Clement in the stands watching Tonalist in the 2014 Belmont Stakes

Christophe's first winner was the first horse he saddled, Spectaculaire, at Belmont Park in 1991. Since then, he has been a prolific force in graded stakes around the country including wins with Trampoli, Danish winner of the 1994 Queen Elizabeth II stakes at Keeneland, Voodoo Dancer, Blu Tusmani, Relaxed Gesture, Flag Down, Statesmanship, Coretta, Honor Glide, Dedication, Dynever, Forbidden Apple, and England's Legend who won the Beverly D. in 2001. He had a repeat win in the 2007 Beverly D. with Royal Highness. Other highlights of 2007 were stakes winners Meribel, Gio Ponti, Revved Up, Naissance Royale, Vacare, In Summation, and Rutherienne who won six stakes, among them five graded victories.

Christophe Clement Racing Stable has yielded more than $127 million in purses in 2018,over 230 graded stakes wins,over 400 all blacktype races and over 1,800 wins. He celebrated his 1000th win in December 2008. Clement trained Gio Ponti who won two eclipse awards in 2010 and one in 2011. In 2014, he won the Belmont Stakes and twice the Jockey Club Gold Cup with Tonalist.

He and his wife Valerie have a son, Miguel Clement, and a daughter, Charlotte Clement.

See also[edit]

Indiantown, Florida



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