‘We Need To Unite As An Industry’: Christophe Clement Joins WHOA

by | 10.07.2019 | 1:32pm
Christophe Clement

Christophe Clement has been one of the leading trainers in the United States for nearly 30 years. The Hall of Fame nominee has won more than 1,900 races, including the 2014 Belmont Stakes with Multiple G1 Winner Tonalist. He has over 30 Grade 1 wins to his name and over 193 Graded Stakes wins.

In a statement to the Water Hay Oats Alliance, Clement said:

“In my opinion, we are long overdue for one nationwide medication policy. Unfortunately, the sport has been enduring a lot of negative publicity lately, and now is a pivotal moment to ensure the sustainability of horse racing. We need to unite as an industry and should all be working together towards a cohesive policy dedicated to ensuring the safety of our horses, the ethics of the sport, and also a clear system with outlined rules and regulations that fans can understand and respect. Many outside of our industry question the ethics of the sport, and we need to make sure we provide no reason for this to continue and remind people why we are 'the Sport of Kings'. As a trainer, I feel morally responsible to ensure that my team always operates with the highest ethics, consistently putting the horses first, and working daily to ensure we follow the rules outlined for us. I'm very proud of our team that has been able to avoid any medication suspension for the entirety of my career.

“Most countries worldwide run without race day medication or pre-race medication the last week before the race. American horse racing is such a wonderful sport full of incredible history; let's not lag behind. We have constantly been in the media this year, let's turn these headlines into something a lot more appealing like 'Horseracing, a class act' and show the public that we mean it when we say that we believe in the well-being of our horses. Today, the future of horse racing is uncertain and we cannot be thinking about just the well-being of our individual stable, farm, racetrack, etc. but rather need to come together to save the sport that we all love.”

Christophe Clement's successful racing stable has earned over $131 million in purse money. He has campaigned the likes of 3x Eclipse Award Champion Gio Ponti, as well as G1 winners Discreet Marq, Forbidden Apple, Winchester, Voodoo Dancer and many more.

Clement initially acquired his training skills from his late father Miguel, a leading trainer in France. He later worked for the prominent French racing family of trainer Alec Head. In the U.S., he studied under Hall Of Fame conditioner Shug McGaughey before returning to Europe to work as assistant to trainer Luca Cumani in Newmarket, England. Clement's first winner was the first horse he saddled, Spectaculaire, at Belmont Park in 1991.

Christophe's brother Nicolas (who won the 1990 Arc de Triomphe with Saumarez) currently trains in France and his son, Miguel is following in his father's foot steps as a Darley Flying Start graduate and an assistant to his father.

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