FORMAT FOR 2016 CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS TO BE HELD AT LOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE
The following is the format to the 2016 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 10.
The eight races offering automatic berths into the Champion of Champions are: the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (Moonist), The Remington Park Championship (Moonin The Eagle), The Vessels Maturity (He Looks Hot), The All American Derby (EC Jet One), The Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (Sass Me Blue), The Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship, The Los Alamitos Super Derby, and The Bank of America Challenge Championship.
The final starting berths will be offered in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials to be held on November 13. The horses with the fastest times will advance to the Champion of Champions. The 44th 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 (Heza Dasha Fire) 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 10.
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.