Champion of Champions (horse race)
|Grade 1 race|
|Location||Los Alamitos Race Course
Cypress, California, USA
|Race type||Quarter Horse|
|Distance||440 Yards (1/4 Mile)|
|Qualification||3-year-olds and Up|
The field is determined by the winners of qualifying races held around the United States. The races currently are:
- Los Alamitos Winter Championship,
- Remington Park Championship,
- Vessels Maturity,
- All American Derby,
- Mildred Vessels Memorial,
- Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship,
- Los Alamitos Super Derby, and the
- Bank of America Challenge Championship.
The two fastest times in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials receive the last two berths. The winner of the Go Man Go Handicap qualifies as the first alternate if one of the qualifying race winners does not compete.
- :20.939 - Apollitical Jess (2010)
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer:
- 9 - Blane Schvaneveldt (1978, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
Most wins by a horse:
- 3 - Refrigerator (1992, 1993, 1994)
- 2 - Dash For Cash (1976, 1977)
- 2 - SLM Big Daddy (1997, 1998)
- 2 - Tailor Fit (1999, 2001)
Winners of the Champion of Champions
In 2010, Apollitical Jess set a new track record with a time of :20.939. Prior in 2008, Jess You and I set a new world record, becoming the first Quarter Horse to break the 21 second barrier when he recorded a time of :20.94. The second-place finisher, Little Bit of Baja, also eclipsed the old world record turning in a time of :20.97. In 2009, Freaky ran in 21.06 and in 2013 Last to Fire's time was :21.09. The previous record of :21.13 had been established in the 2007 running won by World Champion Blues Girl Too, which broke Dash For Cash's 1976 track record of :21.17.
2007's victory by Blues Girl Too made her the sport's all-time leading female earner.
2005's renewal saw the first time the first four finishers of the Champion of Champions were three-year-olds.
1993 saw Refrigerator become the sport's all-time leading money earner with his victory.
During the summer of 1986, eight-year-old Sgt Pepper Feature was claimed for $12,500 and immediately retired. The superstar gelding ran fifth in his 62nd race, retiring with just over $900,000 in career earnings. The group who claimed him includes Bob Baffert and Mike Pegram.
1983's running was the first running to feature Grade I status.
1979 saw Mr. Doty Bars win at 22-1.
- "Champion of Champions". www.losalamitos.com. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
- "Matabari upsets Moonist in Los Alamitos Winter Championship". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
- http://www.losalamitos.com/laqhr/stakes/results.cfm?id=662[permanent dead link]