FORMAT FOR 2015 CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TO BE HELD AT LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE
The following is the format to the 2015 Champion of Champions with eight Grade 1 races offering starting berths to the sport’s most prestigious race for older horses to be held on December 12.
The eight races offering automatic berths into the Champion of Champions are: the Los Alamitos Winter Championship on February 15 (Matabari), The Remington Park Championship on May 30 (Dashin Brown Streak), The Vessels Maturity on July 5 (Far Niente), The All American Derby on September 6 (Apollitical Blood), The Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap on September 27 (Quirky), The Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship on October 17 (Moonist), The Los Alamitos Super Derby on October 31, and The Bank of America Challenge Championship on November 7.
The final starting berths will be offered in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials to be held on November 15. The horses with the three fastest times will advance to the Champion of Champions. The 43rd running of the Champion of Champions will be contested at 440 yards.
If there is a dead heat for first in any of the eight automatic berth races, there will be a shake to determine the Champion of Champions qualifier. In the event that a berth to the Champion of Champions becomes available, the horse that finished in a dead heat would be offered the berth. Regardless of the different possible scenarios, the Z. Wayne Griffin will always have a minimum of two berths to the Champion of Champions.
As in recent years, the Grade 1 $100,000 Go Man Go on September 19 (Moonist) remains part of the Champion of Champions format. If any horse wins more than one race with an automatic berth to the Champion of Champions, that berth will go to the winner of the Go Man Go (as long as there were no dead-heats for first place in any of the other qualifying races). If the connections of a horse with a starting berth decline their spot in the Champion of Champions, that berth would also revert to the winner of the Go Man Go (again as long as there are no dead heats in any of the other qualifying races). Any other available berths would be decided in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials.
Horses are eligible to run in the Z. Wayne Griffin Trials if they finish first, second or third in a Grade 1 race, first or second in a Grade 2 race and first in a Grade 3 race or Restricted Grade 1 race. Races for 2-year-olds or races at 870 yards are not considered. In order to collect purse money a horse must actually start in the Champion of Champions and there will be no also eligible list.
The following are requirements for finalists competing in this year's Grade 1 $600,000 Champion of Champions to be held on Saturday, December 12.
All horses eligible to run in the Champion of Champions must be on the grounds at Los Alamitos three weeks prior to the running of the 440-yard race. In addition, all participants will be hair tested to determine if Clenbuterol has been administered within the last six months.