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Champion of Champions purse a record $1 million in 2007


January 27, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Two-time Champion of Champions winner Dash For Cash
(photo by courtesy Los Alamitos Race Course)
The Champion of Champions, the most prestigious race in the nation for older Quarter Horses, will offer a $1 million purse starting in 2007, announced Los Alamitos Race Course Owner and CEO Ed Allred at the Pacific Quarter Horse Racing Association's annual awards banquet on January 24.

Los Alamitos was already the only track of any breed in the nation to annually offer three races worth $1 million or more. The announcement that the Champion of Champion will reach the magical million dollar level in '07, makes the Orange County track the sport's leader in million dollar races.

The Champion of Champions joins an impressive lineup of million dollar Quarter Horse races at Los Alamitos, which is headed by the $2 million guaranteed Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, the $1 million guaranteed Ed Burke Million Futurity and the $1 million guaranteed Golden State Million Futurity. The Champion of Champions will offer a $600,000 purse this year before going up to $1 million.

"It has always been my dream to see the purse of the Champion of Champions reach the $1 million status," Allred said. "That dream is now a reality. The Champion of Champions has always been one of the races that makes Los Alamitos a special place and this is now accentuated by its $1 million purse.

"Los Alamitos has enjoyed incredible growth in the past few years, first with our three $1 million dollar futurities and now with the Champion of Champions," Allred said. "For that the TVG Network deserves a great deal of credit. Horsemen from all parts of the country can send a horse to run at Los Alamitos and watch their horse run on television. The exposure and coverage that TVG provides us is simply priceless."

The Grade 1 440-yard Champion of Champions has been an institution at Los Alamitos since World Champion Mr Jet Moore won the inaugural running against the likes of Charger Bar and Kaweah Bar in 1972. Back then, and for its first four runnings, the Champion of Champions offered a $50,000 purse. The purse for the Champion of Champions went up to $75,000 in 1976, just in time for World Champion Dash For Cash's famous 440-yard track record victory of :21.17.

The following year the purse reached $100,000 and once again it was Dash For Cash who came home victorious. Lady Juno won the first $200,000 running of the Champion of Champions in 1980 and it wasn't until 1990 that the purse reached $250,000 - with World Champion Dash For Speed the main beneficiary. World Champion Dashing Folly won the first $300,000 Champion of Champions in 1996. World Champion A Ransom won the only $400,000 running in 2000 before Tailor Fit won the first $500,000 running in 2001. As previously mentioned, this year's Champion of Champions will offer a $600,000 purse.

In addition to the Champion of Champions and the three $1 million dollar futurities, Los Alamitos increased the purse for the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap to $250,000 in 2006, making this race the nation's richest for older Quarter Horse mares. Los Alamitos also offers the richest Quarter Horse race at 870 yards in the Marathon National and one of the richest derbies in the nation in the $600,000 estimated Los Alamitos Super Derby.