|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 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 qualifying races held around the United States.The races currently are:
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.
The Champion of Champion was not held in 2014 due to concerns over the widespread use of clenbuterol, a drug not permitted at Los Alamitos.
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer:
Most wins by a horse:
|Year ||Winner ||Jockey ||Trainer ||Owner ||Time |
|2019||He Looks Hot||Vinny Bednar||Scott Willoughby||Ed Allred||21.38|
|2018||Bodacious Eagle||Cody Jensen||Justin Joiner||Johnny Trotter||21.472|
|2017||My Pyc To You||Carlos M. Huerta||Jose Antonio Flores||Flores, Jose Antonio, Van Amburgh, Denise and Van Amburgh, Ronald||21.61|
|2016||Zoomin For Spuds||Jesus Aylala||Monty Arrossa||Jim Walker||21.30|
|2015||Heza Dasha Fire||Cruz Mendez||Jose Antonio Flores||S-Quarter K LLC||21.20|
|2013||Last to Fire||Eduardo Nicasio||Jose De La Torre||Jesus Avila & Jesus Cuevas||21.10|
|2012||Rylees Boy||Ramon Sanchez||Paul Jones||Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez||21.38|
|2011||Good Reason SA||Eduardo Nicasio||Paul Jones||Gianni Samaja||21.44|
|2010||Apollitical Jess||Eduardo Nicasio||Juan Aleman||Rancho El Cabresto||20.939|
|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 N 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|
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 track record, becoming the first to break the 21 second barrier in the race 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.
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