A native of France, Christophe Clement has become a top trainer in North American racing. Born into a family full of racing lovers in Paris, he learned the ropes from his father before working for top French trainer Alec Head. He then came to the United States and worked at Taylor Made Farm before a stint with Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey. After working for Luca Cumani in England, he ventured out on his own in 1991 and won with the first horse he saddled.
Clement has trained graded stakes winners in a number of divisions with his most notable win coming in the 2014 Belmont Stakes (G1) with Tonalist. He’s also well known for training three-time Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti.
His horses are stabled in New York most of the year before moving to Payson Park in Florida for the winter months. His horses have been very successful over the years, winning at a strong 19% clip.
For West Point Thoroughbreds, Clement excelled with the versatile filly Best Performance, who finished second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after making the switch from dirt, on which she was Graded-placed as well.
In 2019, another sharp two-year-old, Decorated Invader, became a Grade 1 winner for West Point and Clement in Woodbine’s Summer Stakes in just his third career start.
The Clement team scored their first Breeders’ Cup win in 2021 when Pizza Bianca won the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T) for celebrity chef Bobby Flay.
Christophe studied economics at the University of Assas, Paris. He is married to Valerie, whom he met at the University, and they have two children, Miguel and Charlotte. Miguel serves as his father’s assistant trainer.
Clement-trained grade 1 winner Decorated Invader: