Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes

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John Henry Turf Championship
Grade II race
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
Inaugurated 1969
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1 14 miles (10 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000

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 12 miles.

In winning the 2008 edition, Red Giant set a world record time of 1:57.16 for 1 14 miles on turf.[1]


Time record: (at current 1 14 miles distance)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship[edit]

2016 Ashleyluvssugar 5 Gary Stevens Peter Eurton Alesia/Bran Jam Stable/Ciaglia Racing 1:58.35
2015 NO RACE
2014 Bright Thought 5 Tyler Baze Philip D'Amato Dye and Venneri Racing 1:58.27
2013 Indy Point (ARG) 5 Gary Stevens Richard Mandella GusMay-Fer 1:57:47
2012 Slim Shadey (GB) 4 Garrett Gomez Simon Callaghan Phil Cunningham 1:59.17
2011 Acclamation 5 Patrick Valenzuela Don Warren Old English Rancho 1:59.45
2010‡ Champ Pegasus 4 Joel Rosario Richard Mandella Diamond A Racing/Vargas 2:01.21
2009 Presious Passion 6 Elvis Trujillo Mary Hartmann Patricia Generazio 1:59.13
2008 Red Giant 4 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Peachtree Stable 1:57.16
2007 Artiste Royal 6 Joe Talamo Neil D. Drysdale David and Jill Heerensperger 1:59.89
2006 The Tin Man 8 Victor Espinoza Richard Mandella Ralph & Aury Todd 2:00.12
2005 Fourty Niners Son 4 Corey Nakatani Neil D. Drysdale Tom Baxter 2:01.17
2004 Star Over The Bay 6 Tyler Baze Mike Mitchell G Racing / VanBurger et al. 1:58.70
2003 Storming Home 5 Gary Stevens Neil D. Drysdale Sheikh Mohammed 2:01.64
2002 The Tin Man 4 Mike E. Smith Richard Mandella Ralph & Aury Todd 1:58.93
2001 Senure 5 Alex Solis Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:59.47
2000 Mash One 6 David R. Flores Robert J. Frankel Amerman Racing / Palumbo 2:00.67
1999 Mash One 5 David R. Flores Robert J. Frankel Amerman Racing / Palumbo 1:59.07
1998 Military 4 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase The Thoroughbred Corp. 2:02.04
1997 Rainbow Dancer 6 Alex Solis Jenine Sahadi Evergreen Farm 2:01.94
1996† Admise 4 Kent Desormeaux Walter Greenman Biszantz & Vandeweghe 1:58.48
1995 Northern Spur 4 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Charles J. Cella 2:02.37
1994 Sandpit 5 Corey Nakatani Richard Mandella Sierra Thoroughbreds 2:25.12
1993 Kotashaan 5 Kent Desormeaux Richard Mandella La Presle Farm 2:25.06
1992 Navarone 4 Pat Valenzuela Rodney Rash Robert E. Hibbert 2:24.29
1991 Filago 4 Pat Valenzuela Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 2:23.62
1990 Rial (ARG) 5 Rafael Meza A. Pico Perdomo Enrique Carlos Boelcke 2:23.80
1989 Hawkster 3 Russell Baze Ron McAnally M/M J. Shelton Meredith 2:22.80
1988 Nasr El Arab 3 Gary Stevens Andre Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 2:25.20
1987± Allez Milord 4 Chris McCarron John Gosden Gallagher Farm 2:36.20
1986 Estrapade 6 Fernando Toro Charles Whittingham Allen E. Paulson 2:26.00
1985 Yashgan 4 Chris McCarron John Sullivan Liebau et al. 2:27.20
1984 Both Ends Burning 4 Russell Baze Neil D. Drysdale Burdett-Coutts & Nelson 2:25.40
1983 Zalataia 4 Freddy Head Andre Fabre Edith de Gil 2:29.20
1982 John Henry 7 Bill Shoemaker Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 2:24.00
1981 John Henry 6 Bill Shoemaker Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 2:23.40
1980 John Henry 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 2:23.40
1979 Balzac 4 Chris McCarron Charles Whittingham Elizabeth A. Keck 2:25.40
1978 Exceller 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:24.60
1977 Crystal Water 4 Bill Shoemaker Roger E. Clapp Connie M. Ring 2:26.40
1976 King Pellinore 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Cardiff Stock Farm 2:31.40
1975 Top Command 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham M/M Q. Martin / Murty Farm 2:26.00
1974 Tallahto 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charles Whittingham Elizabeth A. Keck 2:25.80
1973 Portentous 3 John Ramirez E. S. Jackson Daniel Schwartz 2:25.60
1972 Cougar II 6 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Mary F. Jones 2:27.20
1971 Cougar II 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Mary F. Jones 2:24.60
1970 Daryl's Joy 4 Johnny Sellers Charles Whittingham R. K. C. Goh 2:26.20
1969 Czar Alexander 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Angel Penna, Sr. Gustav Ring 2:23.40

± 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.