Los Alamitos Cancels 2014 Champion of Champions
Track plans to bring the Grade 1 race back in 2015.
November 8, 2014
Los Alamitos Race Course has cancelled the 2014 Champion of Champions (G1). The historic classic, first run in 1972, has often determined world champion honors.
It was felt by track management that for several reasons this year’s edition of the race would not draw a representative field of horses from the nation’s leading American Quarter Horse tracks. Los Alamitos owner Ed Allred stated that, “the major Quarter Horse tracks and the American Quarter Horse Association need to standardize and enforce regulations prohibiting clenbuterol and its analogues.”
The Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials will not be run, but a $50,000 Z. Wayne Griffin Invitational for 3-year-olds and up at 400 yards will be carded on Sunday, November 16, 2014.
On December 13, 2014, the date of the cancelled Champion of Champions, a $100,000-added Christmas Invitational will be featured at 400 yards for 3-year-olds and up.
Los Alamitos Race Course will resume the Champion of Champions in 2015 with a purse of at least $600,000.
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