2013 CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS SET FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
Los Alamitos Winter Championship winner Rylees Boy earned the first berth to the 2013 Champion of Champions
Los Alamitos Race Course is proud to host the 42nd running of the Grade 1 $750,000 Champion of Champions at 440 yards on Saturday, December 14.
The Champion of Champions is the richest event for older horses in the nation and it has traditionally impacted several championship divisions over the years. All in all 26 of the 41 winners have been crowned World Champions. Legendary Quarter Horses like Charger Bar, Dash For Cash and Refrigerator have won the Champion of Champions since its inception in 1972.
In addition to the Champions of Champions, Los Alamitos will play host to the $2,000,000 Los Alamitos Two Million and the $30,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile Stakes on Sunday, December 15th. This special website will feature profiles of each of the 10 Quarter Horses that will be part of the 2013 Champion of Champions.
This special website includes color photographs and the history of the Champion of Champions. You will also be able to download FREE past performance lines for the Champion of Champions and Los Alamitos Million Futurity two weeks prior to the running of the races. The past performance lines will be available under the Past Performances menu item at the top of this page. We hope you enjoy the site.
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A LOOK AHEAD AT THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
Saturday, December 14 will see tone of the best fields in the 42-year history of the prestigious Champion of Champions. 10 outstanding Quarter Horse will line up in the $750,000 race and the title of World Champion is very likely on the line. In fact, 8 out of the top 10 ranked 3-year-olds and upward horses in the latest AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll will participate in the Champion of Champions at 440 yards, including the top four ranked older horses.
The field is headed by the nation’s #1 ranked horse, Ochoa, the sport’s all-time leading money winner. An All American Futurity and All American Derby winner in his career, Ochoa was scintillating when he won the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship on October 13. Already, Quarter Horse racing’s richest horse Ochoa can become the sport’s first ever $3 million dollar winner with a victory in the Champion of Champions. Roy Baldillez will pilot the son of Tres Seis. Sleep Gilbreath is the trainer of the rich and talented Ochoa.
Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas, Last To Fire, the nation’s number two ranked Quarter Horse, will also compete in the Champion of Champions. The son of Walk Thru Fire was outstanding in winning the Vessels Maturity and dominant when winning the Go Man Go Handicap. The gelding figures to battle it out with Ochoa for the role of betting favorite in the Champion of Champions.
Reliance Ranches’ Feature Hero is the number three ranked Quarter Horse in the nation and will also see action in this great race. Feature Hero competed in an allowance race at Los Alamitos a few weeks ago and his connection hope that that experience will benefit him in the Champion of Champions. The son of Valiant Hero earned his spot in this race by winning the All American Derby in early September. Ed Melzer’s Priceless Feature won the Remington Park Championship earlier this season and he did so by finishing ahead of the talented Ochoa. He also competed in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship and like Feature Hero, he should benefit from having that racing experience at this track. Priceless Feature is the nation’s number four ranked Quarter Horse.
After winning the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity last season, Balgo Racing and Marlyn Gonzalez’s Matabari won this year’s Los Alamitos Super Derby. She’ll now look to become the first horse to ever win the Two Million, Super Derby and Champion of Champions. She will also hope to become the first 3-year-old filly to win the Champion of Champions since Blues Girl Too in 2007. Matabari is the sport’s number six ranked sprinter.
Rylees Boy became the oldest horse ever to win the Champion of Champions when he came away victorious as a 7-year-old in last year’s running. Racing for Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez, the now 8-year-old Rylees Boy has a chance to break that record again, as he’s been in solid form the entire year. He won the Los Alamitos Winter Championship earlier this season and has also posted several other top efforts in Grade 1 races. Rylees Boy is the 7th ranked older horse in the national poll. Owner Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez also has the multiple stakes winner Check N Fetch in the Champion of Champions. The winner of the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap earlier this season, the super quick mare owns the meet’s two fastest times at 300 yards and also had the fastest 350 yard time earlier this year. Vodka With Ice earned his berth to the Champion of Champions by defeating a strong field in the Bank of America Challenge Championship. Racing for owner Gerardo Prado, Vodka With Ice is could also set a record as the oldest Champion of Champions winner ever as he’s also eight-years-old. The veteran runner is a well traveled star, as he’s competed at Los Alamitos, Lone Star Park, Sandy Downs in Idaho, Gem County Fair, Elko County Fair and Crooked River Roundup just to mention a few of his stops.
Significat Heart will join Matabari as 3-year-old fillies in the Champion of Champions. Owned by Abigail Kawananakoa, she defeated the boys to win the PCQHRA Breeders Derby in October and then beat older horses to win the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors’ Trials on November 25. She has been one of the most consistent performers at Los Alamitos in 2013.
For the second straight year, Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret qualified to the Champion of Champions via the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trial. Runner-up to Significant Heart in the Directors Trials, the son of First Down Dash has always performed well in big races at Los Alamitos and even finished fourth in last year’s Champion of Champions.
What a great field and great race it promises to be - The Champion of Champions on Saturday, December 14.