Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes
|Grade II race|
|Location||Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1⁄4 miles (10 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Three-year-olds & Up|
The John Henry Turf Championship Stakes (renamed for John Henry who won it three times) is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the Oak Tree Racing Association's Autumn Meeting at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
It is raced over a distance of one and one-quarter miles on the turf and is one of the final prep races leading to the Breeders' Cup Turf. Once a Grade I event, it is now a Grade II and open to horses three years old and up. It currently offers a purse of $200,000.
Inaugurated as the Oak Tree Stakes in 1969, from 1971 through 1995 it was called the Oak Tree Invitational Stakes, and from 1996 through 1999, the Oak Tree Turf Championship Stakes. From 2000 through 2011 it was called the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes. The race, now named for John Henry, remains at Santa Anita although the Oak Tree Autumn Meeting was held at Hollywood Park until its closure in December, 2013.
From 1969 through 1994 it was raced at a distance of 1 1⁄2 miles.
Time record: (at current 1 1⁄4 miles distance)
- 1:57.16 - Red Giant (2008)
- 3 - John Henry (1980, 1981, 1982)
Most wins by an owner:
- 3 - Dotsam Stable (1980, 1981, 1982)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 8 - Bill Shoemaker (1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 9 - Charles Whittingham (1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1986)
Winners of the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship
± In 1987 the winning time may have been affected because the race was started on the backstretch instead of from its normal hillside position.
† In 1996, Bon Point finished first but was disqualified and set back to fifth place.
‡ In 2010 run at Hollywood Park.
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