Pacific Classic Stakes
|Grade I race|
|Location||Del Mar Racetrack
Del Mar, California
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 ¼ miles|
|Qualification||Three-Year-Olds & Up|
|Weight||Three-year-olds: 117 lbs.
Older horses: 124 lbs.
The Pacific Classic Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race for runners aged 3-year-old or up run at the classic American distance of a mile and a quarter (10 furlongs, 2 km). It is run each year in August at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California, and the Grade 1 race has become one of the top prizes for older horses racing in the United States each year.
First run in 1991, the Pacific Classic offers a purse of $1-million and is the premier event of the season at one of the nation's premier race meetings conducted for seven weeks each year at the seaside racing plant just north of San Diego.
Notable among the runnings of the race was the 1996 renewal that saw champion Cigar attempt to best Citation's mark of 16 straight victories, but fall to a shocking upset ($81.20) by the unheralded Dare And Go and jockey Alex Solis. Another exciting running saw Hall of Fame Jockey Julie Krone become the first female rider to win a million-dollar race when she guided Sid and Jenny Craig's Candy Ride to victory in track record time of 1:59:11.
- 1:59.11 - Candy Ride (2003)
Most wins by an owner:
- 4 - Juddmonte Farms (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001)
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer:
- 6 - Robert J. Frankel (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001)
Winners of the Pacific Classic Stakes
† Indicates filly/mare
- Game On Dude's 2013 actual winning time according to "Trakus time" is 1:59.26. (See external links)