Christophe Clement
Trainer Bios

Christophe Clement

Born: November 1, 1965 in Paris, France

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 73

Stakes Wins: 15

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 1994 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland with Danish (IRE)

First Stakes Win: 1992 Gulfstream Park Budweiser Breeders’ Cup (G2) with Passagere du Soir (GB)

First Graded Stakes Win: 1992 Gulfstream Park Budweiser Breeders’ Cup (G2) with Passagere du Soir (GB)

First Career Win: Oct. 20, 1991, at Belmont Park with Spectaculaire

At Keeneland

Won first Keeneland race during the 1994 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 1994 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) with Danish (IRE).

Won the 2010 and 2011 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) with champion Gio Ponti.

Leading trainer of the 2010 Spring Meet with nine wins.


Triple Crown win: 2014 Belmont (G1) with Tonalist.

North American career earnings exceed $126 million with 1,897 wins through Dec. 2, 2018.

Trained Gio Ponti, champion older male and champion turf male in 2009 and champion turf male in 2010.

2017 earnings were $6,968,665 from 95 wins, including stakes victories in the Penn Mile (G2) with Frostmourne, Jaipur Invitational (G3) with Disco Partner and Honey Fox (G2) with Celestine.

2016 earnings were $7,036,658 with 104 wins, including the Frizette (G1) with Yellow Agate.

2015 earnings were $9,218,937 for the most lucrative season of his career. His 100 wins included the Gamely (G1) and Diana (G1) with Hard Not to Like and the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) and Cigar Mile (G1) with Tonalist.

Won two Grade 3 races at Gulfstream on March 28, 2015: Orchid with Beauty Parlor and Appleton with War Correspondent.

2014 earnings were $9,028,113 with 94 wins, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) with Tonalist.

2013 earnings were $6,112,158 with 77 wins, including victories by Discreet Marq in the Del Mar Oaks (G1) and Sands Point (G2), and Grade 3 wins by Za Approval, Summer Front, Lubash and Speaking of Which (IRE).

Saddled 1,000th winner of his career when Vacare won the Dahlia (G2) at Hollywood Park on Dec. 21, 2008.

Three-time winner of the Beverly D. (G1): 2001 with England's Legend (FR), 2007 with Royal Highness (GER) and 2008 with Mauralakana (FR).

Won 2005 Pattison Canadian International (G1) with Relaxed Gesture.


Christophe grew up in racing, exercising horses for his father, Miguel, a leading trainer in France. Among the horses his father trained was Nelcius, winner of the 1966 French Derby. Christophe’s brother, Nicolas, is also a successful trainer in France and conditioned 1990 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner Saumarez.

While taking classes at the University of Assas in Paris, Christophe worked mornings for legendary trainers Alec Head and Christiane “Criquette” Head-Maarek. He graduated with a degree in economics, came to the U.S. in 1986 and went through a six-month intern program at Taylor Made Farm. He then worked for Racing Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey for 1 1/2 years while McGaughey had such horses as Personal Ensign and Polish Navy.

Returning to Europe, Christophe worked for trainer Luca Cumani at Newmarket and was his top assistant for four years. He credits Cumani with teaching him the level of discipline necessary to be a Thoroughbred trainer. By 1991, he was ready to strike out on his own in the U.S.