Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

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Clement L. Hirsch Stakes
Grade I race
LocationDel Mar Racetrack
Del Mar, California, United States
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1 116 miles (8.5 furlongs)
QualificationFillies and Mares, three-years-old & up

The Clement L. Hirsch Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run each year at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California. The race is open to fillies and mares, age three and up, willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles on dirt. The race is now run under allowance weight conditions.

It was first run as the Chula Vista Handicap in 1937 as a five and one-half furlong race for two-year-olds bred in California and was won by a horse owned by singer Bing Crosby. The race was not run 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 fillies and mares, age three and older. 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 (8.5 furlongs). From 1973 to 1981 it was run on the turf. Since then it has been run on the dirt except from 2007 to 2014 when Del Mar used a synthetic "all weather" surface.[1]

In 2000 it was renamed to honor Clement L. Hirsch (1914–2000), a Thoroughbred owner whose horse won this race in 1993. 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. In 2009, it became a Grade I event. At the same time, it changed from a handicap to a stakes format, with weights set according to allowance conditions – horses who do not meet certain conditions (such as winning a Grade I stakes) carry less weight than those that do.[2]


Speed record: (at current distance of ​1 116 miles)

  • 1:40.00 - Matching (1982) (new stakes and track record)

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


2018 Unique Bella 4 Mike E. Smith Jerry Hollendorfer Don Alberto Stable 1:44:40
2017 Stellar Wind 5 Victor Espinoza John W. Sadler Hronis Racing 1:43.92
2016 Stellar Wind 4 Victor Espinoza John W. Sadler Hronis Racing 1:41.24
2015 Beholder 5 Gary Stevens Richard E. Mandella Spendthrift Farm 1:43.81
2014 Iotapa 4 Joe Talamo John W. Sadler Hronis Racing 1:43.04
2013 Lady of Fifty 4 Corey Nakatani Jerry Hollendorfer Hollendorfer/Todaro 1:42.96
2012 Include Me Out 3 Joe Talamo Ronald W. Ellis Jay Em Ess Stable 1:41.96
2011 Ultra Blend 5 Tyler Baze Art Sherman Nels J. Erickson 1:42.28
2010 Zenyatta 6 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1:45.03
2009 Zenyatta 5 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1:43.24
2008 Zenyatta 4 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1:41.48
2007 Nashoba's Key 4 Joe Talamo Carla Gaines Warren B. Williamson 1:48.29
2006 Healthy Addiction 5 Victor Espinoza John W. Sadler Pamela C. Ziebarth 1:42.92
2005 Tucked Away 5 Alex Solis Patrick Gallagher Nico Nierenberg 1:42.82
2004 Miss Loren 6 Jon Court Luis E. Seglin Llers Corporation 1:42.93
2003 Azeri 5 Mike E. Smith Laura de Seroux A. E. Paulson Trust 1:42.12
2002 Azeri 4 Mike E. Smith Laura de Seroux A. E. Paulson Trust 1:42.66
2001 Tranquility Lake 6 Ed Delahoussaye Julio C. Canani Pam & Martin Wygod 1:41.78
2000 Riboletta 5 Chris McCarron Eduardo Inda Aaron & Marie Jones 1:42.06
1999 A Lady From Dixie 4 Chris Antley D. Wayne Lukas M/M Robert Randal 1:43.40
1998 Sharp Cat 4 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:42.00
1997 Radu Cool 5 Chris McCarron John Shirreffs 505 Farms 1:42.60
1996 Different 4 Chris McCarron Randy McAnally Sidney Craig 1:42.40
1995 Borodislew 5 Chris McCarron Eduardo Inda 505 Farms 1:41.80
1994 Paseana 7 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney Craig 1:40.40
1993 Magical Maiden 4 Gary Stevens Warren Stute Clement L. Hirsch 1:42.60
1992 Exchange 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Bill Spawr Sidney Craig 1:42.00
1991 Vieille Vigne 4 Martin Pedroza Jude Feld Fry & Gasen 1:42.60
1990 Bayakoa 6 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally M/M Frank Whitham 1:40.60
1989 Goodbye Halo 4 Corey Black Charlie Whittingham Campbell & Hancock III 1:41.80
1988 Clabber Girl 5 Chris McCarron D. Wayne Lukas John A. Nerud 1:41.60
1987 Infinidad 5 Corey Black Charlie Whittingham A. B. Hancock III 1:41.40
1986 Fran's Valentine 4 Bill Shoemaker Joe Manzi Green Thumb Farm 1:41.40
1985 Dontstop Themusic 5 Darrel McHargue Randy Winick M/M Albert Broccoli 1:41.80
1984 Princess Rooney 4 Pat Valenzuela Neil D. Drysdale Paula J. Tucker 1:40.40
1983 Sangue 5 Bill Shoemaker Henry M. Moreno R. Charlene Parks 1:42.20
1982 Matching 4 Ray Sibille Steven Morguelan Glencrest Farm/Morguelan 1:40.00
1981 Save Wild Life 4 Chris McCarron Howard M. Tesher H. Joseph Allen 1:41.60
1980 Wayside Station 5 Pat Valenzuela Eddie Gregson Harris Farms 1:28.80
1980 Galaxy Libra 4 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham L. Rowan (Lessee) 1:29.00
1979 He's Dewan 4 Darrel McHargue Jerry M. Fanning Dan J. Agnew 1:29.00
1978 Nantequos 5 Darrel McHargue Ron McAnally M/M Albert Katz 1:29.40
1977 Notably Different 4 Chuck Baltazar Jay M. Robbins Arthur, Parsons & Robbins 1:29.40
1977 Authorization 5 Darrel McHargue Willard L. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:29.20
1976 Uniformity 4 Rudy Campas Willard L. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:28.20
1975 Bahia Key 5 Wayne Harris R. K. Mitchell Mitchell & Wiener 1:34.00
1974 Bahia Key 4 Alvaro Pineda R. K. Mitchell Mitchell & Wiener 1:34.20
1973 Grotonian 4 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham M. L. Everett 1:50.60
1967 Daystar II 5 Bill Hartack Farrell W. Jones M/M H. Harcourt 1:35.20
1937 High Strike 2 Bing Crosby A. Johnson



  1. ^ "Equibase | Profiles". Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  2. ^ Six New Grade I Races for 2009 -