20 May 1979|
|Heart's Cry, Makfi, Pride|
In 1999 he obtained the licence required for a French jockey, and began racing. He has steadily built up a good track record, becoming the seventh leading jockey in 2003, and winning the French Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris in the same year.
In 2002 he also began racing in Japanese Central Racing (中央競馬 chūō keiba) races using the short-term licence (短期免許 tanki menkyo) system, taking part mainly at local racecourses such as Chukyo Racecourse (中京競馬場 chūkyō keibajō) and Kokura Racecourse (小倉競馬場 kokura keibajō). He produced impressive results each year. In 2004, as a Grade I jockey, he came second in the Emperor's Cup (天皇賞 Tennōshō) (Autumn) on Dance in the Mood and second in the Japan Cup on Cosmo Bulk, and in the 2005 Daiwa Major he came second in the Mile Championship, but did not win a Jūshō pattern race (重賞 jūshō) in Central Racing.
However, in 2005, riding Heart's Cry in the Arima Kinen, he led the race, on a horse which until then had always been content to play catch-up, and pulled off the feat of putting the first dent in the record of the year's undefeated triple winner, Deep Impact. This was his first Jūshō pattern race win at Grade I, and at the same time a new record of four consecutive wins of the same race by a foreign jockey, beating the record set by Olivier Peslier.
Lemaire was scheduled to resume riding in Japan in March 2015, but was suspended by stewards of the Japan Racing Association (JRA) for 30 days after he used Twitter the night before he was scheduled to participate in races at Hanshin Racecourse. JRA regulations bar any outside contact by jockeys from 9 PM the night before racing until after they have ridden in their final race of the day.
- Grand Prix de Paris - (1) - Vespone (2003)
- Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud - (2) - Pride (2006), Sarafina (2011)
- Poule d'Essai des Pouliches - (3) - Divine Proportions (2005), Elusive Wave (2009), Flotilla (2013)
- Prix d'Astarté - (1) - Divine Proportions (2005)
- Prix de Diane - (3) - Divine Proportions (2005), Stacelita (2009), Sarafina (2010)
- Prix d'Ispahan - (1) - Never on Sunday (2009)
- Prix Jean Prat - (1) - Vespone (2003)
- Prix du Jockey Club - (1) - Le Havre (2009)
- Prix Marcel Boussac - (2) - Denebola (2003), Divine Proportions (2004)
- Prix Morny - (1) - Divine Proportions (2004)
- Prix du Moulin de Longchamp - (1) - Starcraft (2005)
- Prix Royal-Oak - (1) - Gentoo (2010)
- Prix Saint-Alary - (4) - Coquerelle (2007), Belle et Celebre (2008), Stacelita (2009), Sagawara (2012)
- Prix Vermeille - (2) - Stacelita (2009), Shareta (2012)
- 1,000 Guineas - (1) - Natagora (2008)
- 2,000 Guineas - (1) - Makfi (2010)
- Champion Stakes - (2) - Pride (2006), Literato (2007)
- Cheveley Park Stakes - (1) - Natagora (2007)
- King's Stand Stakes - (1) - Chineur (2005)
- Queen Elizabeth II Stakes - (1) - Starcraft (2005)
- Sun Chariot Stakes - (1) - Sahpresa (2011)
- Yorkshire Oaks - (1) - Shareta (2012)
- Hong Kong Cup - (1) - Pride (2006)
- Arima Kinen - (2) - Heart's Cry (2005) , Satono Diamond (2016)
- Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup - (1) - Little Amapola (2008)
- Japan Cup Dirt - (2) - Kane Hekili (2008) , Belshazzar (2013)
- Tokyo Daishōten - (1) - Kane Hekili (2008)
- Japan Cup - (1) - Vodka (2009)
- Hanshin Juvenile Fillies - (2) - Major Emblem (2015) , Soul Stirring (2016)
- NHK Mile Cup - (1) - Major Emblem (2016)
- Kikuka-shō - (1) - Satono Diamond (2016)
- Victoria Mile - (1) - Admire Lead (2017)
- Tokyo Yūshun - (1) - Rey de Oro (2017)
- Yūshun Himba - (1) - Soul Stirring (2017)
- Shuka Sho - (1) - Deirdre (2017)
- Dubai Sheema Classic - (1) - Heart's Cry (2006)
- Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf - (1) - Flotilla (2012)
- Secretariat Stakes - (1) - Bayrir (2012)
Year-end charts in the United States
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- Much of this article was translated from the equivalent article in the Japanese-language Wikipedia, as it was on September 1, 2006.
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- Garvey, Andrew (1 November 2011). "The closest of calls". The Age. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
- "Christophe Lemaire suspended for a month for Twitter use". Sydney Morning Herald. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.