The Pacific Classic Stakes: Key Information

  • Location: Del Mar Racetrack
  • Inaugural Race: 1991
  • Distance: 1.25 miles (10 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Polytrack
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds and up
  • 2015 Purse: $1 million

Video of the 2014 Pacific Classic Stakes

Check out the footage from the most recent running of the 2014 Pacific Classic Stakes, with horse Shared Belief and Jockey Mike Smith taking home the gold!


A Brief History of the Pacific Classic Stakes

The Pacific Classic Stakes is a 1.25 mile thoroughbred horse race for 3 year and older horses run at the Del Mar Racebtrack in California annually. The race gives a purse of $1 million and is the premier event of the season at one of the nation’s premier race meetings. It switched its main racing surface from dirt to synthetic Polytrack in 2007, perhaps leading to the victory of long shot Student Council that year. In 2008 the Classic became a part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, the winner of the  race automatically earning a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.


Pacific Classic Stakes – Race Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records for the Pacific Classic Stakes:

Speed record

1.59.54
Dullahan – 2012

Most Wins

2
Tied: Tinners Way, Skimming, Richard’s Kid

Most Wins by a Jockey

4
Tied: Garrett K. Gomez, Mike Smith

Most Wins by a Trainer

6
Robert J. Frankel (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001)

Most Wins by an Owner

4
Juddmonet Farms (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001)

Historical Results for the Pacific Classic Stakes

In the Pacific Classic Stakes storied history, there have been dozens of world famous horses and jockeys that have been crowned the winner. In the table below, view a record of the winning trainers, thoroughbreds, jockeys, and times for every Pacific Classic Stakes race.

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainerOwnerTime
2014Shared Belief3Mike SmithJerry HollendorferJungle Racing, KMN Racing et al02:00.3
2013Game On Dude6Martin GarciaBob BaffertLanni Family Trust/Mercedes Stable LLC/Schiappa2:00.69 (*Trakus time, 1:59.26)
2012Dullahan3Joel RosarioDale RomansDonegal Racing01:59.5
2011Acclamation5Pat ValenzuelaDonald WarrenHilvers, Peter and Mary and Johnston, E. W. and Judy02:00.6
2010Richard's Kid5Mike E. SmithBob BaffertZabeel Racing International02:03.3
2009Richard's Kid4Mike E. SmithBob BaffertArnold Zetcher02:02.4
2008Go Between5Garrett K. GomezWilliam I. MottPeter Vegso2:01:18
2007Student Council5Richard MiglioreVladimir CerinMillennium Farms02:07.3
2006Lava Man5Corey NakataniDoug O'NeillSTD Stable/Jason Wood02:01.6
2005Borrego4Garrett K. GomezC. Beau GreelyKelly, Ralls, Foster, et al.02:00.7
2004Pleasantly Perfect6Jerry D. BaileyRichard MandellaDiamond A Racing Corp02:01.2
20034Julie KroneRon McAnally01:59.1
2002Came Home3Mike E. SmithJ. Paco Gonzalez02:01.5
2001Skimming5Garrett K. GomezRobert J. FrankelJuddmonte Farms02:00.0
2000Skimming4Garrett K. GomezRobert J. FrankelJuddmonte Farms02:01.2
1999General Challenge3David R. FloresBob BaffertGolden Eagle Farm02:00.4
1998Free House4Chris McCarronJ. Paco Gonzalez02:00.2
19975Gary L. StevensRichard MandellaRandall Dee Hubbard02:00.4
1996Dare And Go4Alex SolisRichard MandellaLa Presle Farm01:59.8
1995Tinners Way5Ed DelahoussayeRobert J. FrankelJuddmonte Farms01:59.6
1994Tinners Way4Ed DelahoussayeRobert J. FrankelJuddmonte Farms01:59.4
1993Bertrando4Gary L. StevensRobert J. Frankel505 Farms/Ed Nahem01:59.6
1992Missionary Ridge5Kent DesormeauxRobert J. FrankelPeter Wall02:00.8
1991Best Pal3Pat ValenzuelaGary F. JonesGolden Eagle Farm01:59.8