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Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational


39th Running on Saturday, September 27, 2014

$600,000 1 1/2 3&UP (Turf) Grade: I

Year:Horse:AgeWt.TimeOwnerTrainerJockeyValueReplay
2013 Little Mike 6 126 2:25.00 Priscilla Vaccarezza Dale L. Romans Mike E. Smith $360,000
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2012 Point of Entry 4 126 2:33.73 Phipps Stable Claude R. McGaughey III John R. Velazquez $360,000
replay
2011 Cape Blanco (IRE) 4 126 2:36.61 Hay, Mrs. Fitriani, Smith, Derrick, Magnier, Mrs. John and Tabor, Michael, B. Aidan P. O'Brien Jamie P. Spencer $300,000
replay
2010 Winchester 5 126 2:36.09 Firestone, Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Christophe Clement Cornelio H. Velasquez $300,000
replay
2009 Interpatation 7 126 2:41.22 Elliot Mavorah Robert Barbara Robby Albarado $360,000
replay
2008 Grand Couturier (GB) 5 126 2:34.84 Marc Keller Robert Ribaudo Alan Garcia $360,000
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2007 English Channel 5 126 2:25.73 James T. Scatuorchio Todd Pletcher John Velazquez $360,000
2006 English Channel 4 126 2:28.69 James T. Scatuorchio Todd Pletcher John Velazquez $360,000
2005 Shakespeare 4 126 2:27.22 Dell Ridge Farm, William Schettine William Mott Jerry Bailey $450,000
2004 Kitten's Joy 3 121 2:29.97 Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey Dale Romans John Velazquez $450,000
2003 Sulamani (IRE) 4 126 1:27.51 Godolphin Racing Inc. Saeed bin Suroor Jerry Bailey $450,000
2002 Denon 4 126 2:28.47 Edmund A. Gann and Flaxman Stable Robert Frankel Edgar Prado $450,000
2001 Timboroa 5 126 2:29.43 Edmund A. Gann Robert Frankel Edgar Prado $450,000
2000 John's Call 9 126 2:28.58 Trillium Stable Thomas H. Voss Jean-Luc Samyn $450,000
1999 Val's Prince 7 126 2:28.63 R. Martin & S. Weiner H. James Bond Jorge Chavez $360,000
1998 Buck's Boy 5 126 2:33.25 Quarter B Farm Noel P. Hickey Shane Sellers $300,000
1997 Val's Prince 5 126 2:28.92 R. Martin & S. Weiner James Picou Mike Smith $300,000
1996 Diplomatic Jet 4 126 2:27.51 Fred Hooper James Picou Jorge Chavez $300,000
1995 Turk Passer 5 126 2:36.63 Leveen & Shanley &Weiss Flint Schulhofer John Velazquez $300,000
1994 Tikkanen 3 121 2:25.88 Augustin Stables Jonathan Pease Cash Asmussen $300,000
1993 Apple Tree 4 126 2:28.31 Mohammed Al Kabeer Andre Fabre Mike Smith $300,000
1992 Sky Classic 5 126 2:24.50 Sam-Son Farm James E. Day Pat Day $300,000
1991 Solar Splendor 4 126 2:27.89 Live Oak Plantation Patrick J. Kelly Herb McCauley $300,000
1990 Cacoethes 4 126 2:25.00 Lady Jane Harrison Guy Harwood Ray Cochrane $360,000
1989 Yankee Affair 7 126 2:27.20 Jujugen Stable Henry L. Carroll Jose Santos $392,550
1988 Sunshine Forever 3 121 2:33.80 Darby Dan Farm John Veitch Angel Cordero Jr. $360,000
1987 Theatrical 5 126 2:29.20 Bertram R. Firestone William Mott Pat Day $360,000
1986 Manila 3 119 2:27.80 Bradley M. Shannon Leroy Jolley Jose Santos $428,150
1985 Noble Fighter 3 119 2:25.40 Buckram Oak Farm Mitri Saliba Allan Lequeux $431,100
1984 John Henry 9 126 2:25.20 Dotsam Stable Ron McAnally Chris McCarron $375,150
1983 All Along 4 123 2:34.00 Daniel Wildenstein Patrick L. Biancone W. R. Swinburn $351,420
1982 April Run 4 123 2:29.80 Mrs. Bertram Firestone Francois Boutin Cash Asmussen $286,080
1981 April Run 3 118 2:31.20 Mrs. Bertram Firestone Francois Boutin Philippe Paquet $180,000
1980 Anifa 4 123 2:39.60 Buckram Oak Farm Mitri Saliba Alfred Gibert $180,000
1979 Bowl Game 5 126 2:28.20 Greentree Stable John M. Gaver Jr. Jorge Velasquez $150,000
1978 Waya 4 123 2:26.80 Daniel Wildenstein Angel Penna, Sr. Angel Cordero Jr. $130,000
1977 Johnny D. 3 122 2:33.20 Dana S. Bray Jr. Michael Kay Steve Cauthen $130,000

In 1992, Sam-Son Farm’s Sky Classic set a stakes record when he covered the 1 ½ miles in 2:24 2/5. Nine geldings have won the TURF CLASSIC: Johnny D. (1977), Bowl Game (1979), John Henry (1984), Yankee Affair (1989), Solar Splendor (1991), Turk Passer (1995), Val’s Prince (1997 and 1999), Buck’s Boy (1998), and Interpatation (2009). Four fillies have won the TURF CLASSIC, with one, April Run, scoring back-to-back victories (1981 and 1982). The other fillies were Waya (1978), Anifa (1980), and All Along (1983). The latter was named “Horse of the Year” and was the first to collect the million dollar bonus for winning the Rothmans International Stakes, The TURF CLASSIC, and the Washington D.C. International. Run at Aqueduct 1977-79 and 1981-83.

Run as the TURF CLASSIC INVITATIONAL STAKES prior to 1983. It was named in honor of Joe Hirsch in 2004 to honor his longtime service as a journalist and horse racing ambassador for the Daily Racing Form.