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Champion of Champions (horse race)

Grade 1 race
Champion of Champions
Location Los Alamitos Race Course
Cypress, California, USA
Inaugurated 1972
Race type Quarter Horse
Race information
Distance 440 Yards (1/4 Mile)
Track Dirt, Straight
Qualification 3-year-olds and Up
Purse US$750,000

The Champion of Champions is a stakes race annually held at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California. It is the championship race for Quarter Horses.

The field is determined by the winners of 10 qualifying races held around the United States.[1] These races are: Los Alamitos Winter Championship, Remington Park Championship, Vessels Maturity, All American Derby, Mildred Vessels Memorial, Refrigerator Handicap, Los Alamitos Invitational Championship, Bank of America Challenge Championship, Los Alamitos Super Derby, Z Wayne Griffin Trials and the Go Man Go Stakes winner qualifies as the first alternate.

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Records

Speed record:

  •  :20.94 - Jess You and I (2008)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 4 - Jerry Nicodemus (1976, 1977, 1980, 1981)
  • 4 - Bruce Pilkenton (1983, 1988, 1983, 1984)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 9 - Blane Schvaneveldt (1978, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)

Most wins by a horse:

  • 2 - SLM Big Daddy (1997, 1998)
  • 2 - Tailor Fit (1999, 2001)

Winners of the Champion of Champions

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

2009 Freaky Francisco Rubio Adan Farias Armando Aguirre 21.06
2008 Jess You and I Alejandro Luna Jamie Gomez Double Bar S Ranch  :20.94
2007 Blues Girl Too Saul Ramirez Joe Bassett Lucky Seven Ranch  :21.13
2006 Wave Carver Ramon Sanchez Paul Jones Vaughn Cook, Dan Lucas, Muller Racing and Vessels Stallion Farm  :21.18
2005 Ocean Runaway Alex Bautista Denny Ekins Muller Racing LLC  :21.20
2004 Cash For Kas G. R. Carter Paul Jones E.D. Calvert  :21.28
2003 The Down Side Ramon Sanchez Paul Jones Johnny T.L. Jones, R.D. Hubbard and Toby Keith  :21.19
2002 Whosleavingwho Joe Badilla Paul Jones Jim Geiler and Kim Kessinger  :21.27
2001 Tailor Fit Alvin Brossette Janet VanBebber Betty Jane Burlin  :21.47
2000 A Ransom Carlos Bautista Connie Hall John and Kathie Bobenrieth  :21.46
1999 Tailor Fit Steve Fuller Steve VanBebber Betty Jane Burlin  :21.46
1998 SLM Big Daddy Jacky Martin Don Mourning Steve and Lindsey Mitchell  :21.53
1997 SLM Big Daddy Jacky Martin Don Mourning Steve and Lindsey Mitchell  :21.20
1996 Dashing Folly Tami Purcell Donna McArthur Jaramar Ltd.  :21.70
1995 My Debut Roman Figueroa Blane Schvaneveldt C.R. Potts  :21.74
1994 Refrigerator Bruce Pilkenton Blane Schvaneveldt Jim and Marilyn Helzer  :21.67
1993 Refrigerator Bruce Pilkenton Blane Schvaneveldt Jim and Marilyn Helzer  :21.59
1992 Refrigerator Kip Didericksen Blane Schvaneveldt Jim and Marilyn Helzer  :21.37
1991 Special Leader Kenneth Hart Mike Robbins Joe Kirk Fulton  :21.39
1990 Dash for Speed Kip Didericksen Blane Schvaneveldt Bob Blakeman and Tom Bradbury  :21.32
1989 See Me Do It Larry Layton Bobby Turner Jean Dillard  :21.47
1988 Shawnes Favorite Bruce Pilkenton Bob Baffert Salinas Ranch 21.63
1987 First Down Dash James Lackey Blane Schvaneveldt Vessels Stallion Farm  :21.41
1986 Gold Coast Express Danny Cardoza Bob Baffert Bill and Louella Mitchell  :21.56
1985 Cash Rate James Lackey Blane Schvaneveldt B.F. Phillips Jr. and Minnie Rhea Wood  :21.31
1984 Dashs Dream Danny Cardoza Mike Robbins Joe Kirk Fulton 21.84
1983 Justanold Love Bruce Pilkenton Charles Cascio J.E. Jumonville Jr.  :21.68
1982 Sgt. Pepper Feature John Creager Mike Robbins Tom Neff  :21.59
1981 Denim and Diamonds Jerry Nicodemus Don Farris R.D. Hubbard  :21.74
1980 Lady Juno Jerry Nicodemus Blane Schvaneveldt Ivan Ashment  :21.59
1979 Mr. Doty Bars Robert Adair John Cooper George and Shirley Loeb  :21.78
1978 Miss Thermolark Kenneth Hart Blane Schvaneveldt Ronny Schliep  :21.66
1977 Dash For Cash Jerry Nicodemus Charles Cascio B.F. Phillips Jr. and The King Ranch of Texas  :21.63
1976 Dash For Cash Jerry Nicodemus Charles Cascio B.F. Phillips Jr. and The King Ranch of Texas  :21.17
1975 Easy Date Donald Knight James McArthur Walter Merrick  :21.71
1974 Don Guerro Robert Adair Don Francisco Robert Mitchum  :21.73
1973 Charger Bar James Dreyer Wayne Charlton Ed Allred and Kenneth Wright  :22.15
1972 Mr. Jet Moore Terry Lipham Earl Holmes Bob Moore  :21.86

Notes

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. The previous record of :21.13 had been established in the 2007 running won by World Champion Blues Girl Too.

2007's vistory by Blues Girl Too made her the sport's all-time leading female earner.[2]

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.

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