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Clement L. Hirsch
Born (1914-04-26)April 26, 1914
St. Louis, Missouri
United States
Died March 15, 2000(2000-03-15) (aged 85)
Newport Beach, California
United States
Cause of death Cancer
Residence Newport Beach, California
Occupation Businessman, Thoroughbred racing executive, Racehorse owner/breeder
Known for Founder: Kal Kan Foods & Oak Tree Racing Association
Board member of Oak Tree Racing Association
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
California Thoroughbred Breeders Association
World Affairs Councils of America
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
Chapman University (Life Trustee)
Bank of Los Angeles
Spouse(s) 1)Muriel "Maxine" Jelmeland 2) Edith "Mack" Mcskeinming
3) Claudia Lynn Hill Hutson Mirkin
4) Lynn Allan Barr
Children Six
Honors
  • NTRA Commissioners Cup (1988)
  • Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes at Santa Anita Park
  • Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar Racetrack

Clement Lang Hirsch (April 26, 1914 – March 15, 2000) was an American businessman and a prominent Thoroughbred racehorse owner who co-founded Oak Tree Racing Association.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri to a very successful family of retail merchants, Clement Hirsch moved to California as a young man. During World War II he served with the United States Marine Corps and was part of the Guadalcanal Campaign.

In 1936, Clement Hirsch founded the Dog Town Packing Company in Vernon, California which became a highly successful pet food producer he later renamed Kal Kan Foods, Inc. In 1968, Mars, Incorporated acquired the company and today it forms part of their Pedigree Petfoods division. He also was the founder of Stagg Foods of Costa Mesa which he built into the a major producer of canned chili. He sold Stagg Foods in 1996 to Hormel Foods.

In 1963 Clement Hirsch and his second wife Edith were divorced . She remarried to actor Desi Arnaz. [1] Married four times, Clement Hirsch had six children from his marriages.

Thoroughbred horse racing[]

Clement Hirsch purchased his first Thoroughbred racehorse in 1947. A rarity in the racing industry, during his more than fifty years racing horses, Hirsch employed only two trainers. He first hired Robert H. McDaniel Red McDaniel then after he decided to move to Las Vegas, he hired Warren Stute who remained with him for more than forty years.

A member of The Jockey Club, as an owner Clement Hirsch was successful with a number of horses imported from South America, among them the colt Figonero who won the 1969 Hollywood Gold Cup and set a world record for 1⅛ miles in winning the Del Mar Handicap. He was also successful with the filly Magical Maiden who won the 1991 Hollywood Starlet and the 1992 Las Virgenes Stakes. In 1993, Magical Maiden won the Chula Vista Handicap at Del Mar Racetrack, a race that track officials would rename the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap in his honor. Hirsch retired Magical Maiden to broodmare duty and she is the granddam of the 2009 Kentucky Derby entrant Papa Clem, owned by Hirsch's son Bo Hirsch. The name "Papa Clem" stems from the name Clement Hirsch's grandchildren called him.

While successful racing horses, Clement Hirsch is best remembered in the sport as a co-founder and President of the Oak Tree Racing Association. In 1968 the operators of Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California decided to cancel their fall racing program and to host only a summer meet. Clement Hirsch, along with businessman/racehorse owner Louis R. Rowan, veterinarian Dr. Jack Robbins, and other racing enthusiasts, formed the Oak Tree Racing Association to annually host a fall meet at Santa Anita Park. It would prove to be highly successful and Clement Hirsch would serve as its president from its inception until his death in 2000.

In 1998, Clement Hirsch was awarded the Commissioners Cup by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Following his death in 2000, the Oak Tree Racing Association honored him by changing the Oak Tree Turf Championship Stakes to the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship for the 2000 renewal.

THE WIVES OF CLEMENT LANG HIRSH SR.

[[1. Muriel Maxine Jelmeland, AKA Maxine Hudson & Maxine Jerome [26 Nov 1917-07 Jul 2000] daughter of Samuel H Jelmeland & Mabel M. Lunder [nee’ Mrs. Green]m. 24 Feb 1940, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA div. December 2, 1952 Los Angeles California. Clement Lang Hirsch Sr. Issues: Lynn Carol, Janice Lang, & Clement “Bo” Lang Jr. Hirsch

2. Edith Eyre Skimming Mcskeinming AKA Edith Mack Hirsch [15 Apr 1917- 23 Mar 1985] daughter of James William Mcskeinming & Ethel Aeyre 1st m. 15 Apr 1954 Los Angeles California, USA & div 26 Feb 1963 Jaurez, Mexico Clement Lang Hirsch Sr. Issues: Gregory Lang Hirsch 2nd m. 2 Mar 1963 Clark, Nev Desiderio Alberto Arnez 3rd AKA Cuban Band Leader Desi Arnaz former spouse of Actress Lucille D. Ball EOM Death of Edith. 1985 No Issues:

3. Claudia Lynn Hill AKA Actress & Restaurant owner [20 Jan 1926] daughter of Robert Lee Hill & Mary Ellen Smith 1st m. 27 Apr 1946 Glendale, Los Angeles California, USA EOM: Death of Hugh Clark. Hutson II in a plane Crash 29 November 1961 Fresno California. Issues: Hillary Amanda & Hugh C. Hutson III. 2nd m. 19 Mar 1963 Los Angeles, California div. 17 Apr 1973 Los Angeles Calf Clement Lang Hirsch Sr. Issues: Casey, & Christopher Hirsch. 3rd m. 18 Aug 1978 Los Angeles, Calif, EOM d. 27 Jun 1985 of Morris Jay Morey Mirkin No Issues: 0

4. Lynn A. Allen [5 Apr 1939] daughter of Robert Morton Allan Jr. & Virginia Betty Stoddard [Mrs. Harvey Jones Pearson]. 1st m. 27 Aug 1960, Orange, Calif & div. Oct 1968 David Livingston Barr Issues: Barbara, Tiffany L. & Michelle L Allan. 2nd m. 23 Feb 1976 Del Mar, San Diego, California, USA EOM death of Mr. Clement Lang Hirsch Sr. 2000 No issues: 0

Miss Lynn Allan was Never married to anyone by the name Booth. Obituary Misspelled previous name should have been listed as Barr.]] By Jeannette K. Rook

References[]

References[]

  • The Four Wives of Clement Lang Hirsch Sr. Jeannette's take on life Full detail listed in my blog jeannettestakeonlifeblogspot.com
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