11/08/2014 3:12PM

Los Alamitos cancels Champion of Champions


Los Alamitos has canceled this year’s running of the prestigious Champion of Champions race for older Quarter Horses, the track announced in a press release on Saturday, with track owner Ed Allred citing concerns of clenbuterol testing as the cause.

“The major Quarter Horse tracks and the American Quarter Horse Association need to standardize and enforce regulations prohibiting clenbuterol and its analogues,” Allred said in the press release.

On his Twitter feed, Ed Burgart, the track announcer and linemaker at Los Alamitos, said the track has a “zero clenbuterol tolerance.”

“Look for other major QH tracks to follow the Los Al lead,” Burgart wrote. “Los Al wants to protect the horse and the bettor.”

The Champion of Champions was scheduled for Dec. 13. It was first run in 1972. The field is comprised of winners of major races at tracks throughout the country, including Los Alamitos.

The track also announced that 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 Nov. 16.

On Dec. 13, the date of the canceled Champion of Champions, a $100,000-added Christmas Invitational will be featured at 400 yards for 3-year-olds and up.

Los Alamitos Race will resume the Champion of Champions in 2015 with a purse of at least $600,000, the release said.

russell More than 1 year ago
Isnt it great when horse owners say these horses need all these drugs to be professional. What a scam. No professional athlete is taking as many drugs and supplements as these horses today. They cant even run as often because of it. And guess what... the game hasnt changed. Horses are not getting faster because of the dope.
Rick Baldwin More than 1 year ago
A high profile & smart decision,I applaud,Mr Allred. We need all drugs out of horse racing. Just like we need all drugs to be legal for human adults.
jim lefferts More than 1 year ago
Bravo, Ed Allred.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Tough business
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
Ed Allred or "Doc" as he is known to his cronies....Made his millions murdering babies......Yeah what a "Doc"......I think we should have a zero tolerance for baby killers and Clenbuterol
Marty Brink More than 1 year ago
Robert, this is a Horse racing site. Keep your religious beliefs and political beliefs off of here and to yourself.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
CLENBUTEROL is the least of racings problems but its a start. This sport is in a downward spiral for one reason and one reason only..Dishonesty. In the end it all comes down to that. Trainers that use illegal drugs are dishonest. Jockeys that give horses no shot at running are dishonest. Running sore horses under clenbuterol instead of resting them is dishonest. Having 99% of horses run on Lasix when only 5% of them need it for bleeding is dishonest (because for the others its serving as a masking agent) .Having uncoupled entries and having trainers to play games. Often having the longer part of the entry win. with the shorter odds part of the entry not trying. And that to is dishonest. Having lax testing by unprofessional university labs while telling the public that professional testing is being conducted is dishonest.(you don't see the Olympics or world cup send their samples to be tested in university's).Having stables monitored by $9 an hour amateurs with no law enforcement credentials and publicizing special security measures is dishonest. not having a uniform policy for stewards to follow and having them rule willy nilly on objections and inquiry's like wee see across the nation. From the breeders cup classic fiasco to stewards unwillingness to disqualify horses from top owners in New York to unexplainable decisions at smaller tracks..all that is dishonest because people actually believe there are coherent rules in place....work on fixing the dishonesty and handle will improve. Attendance will improve. Much is made of the fact that young people are not interested in racing well its because they have never seen clean racing.imagine explaining to a new bettor that he should get involved and the explaining that horses are doped on a regular basis that the top trainers all have multiple infractions and get almost no sanctions. That horses are given medicine like Lasix that they do not need. That there is very lax oversight and that cheating is rampant. But lets bet anyway. They would have to be stupid to do so.the die hard fans like us old timers got hooked at a time were we knew there was some cheating but at least there were consequences when the cheats were caught people went to jail and were kicked out. Stewards refused stables to undesirables. The new fans only see dishonesty and impunity.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
and your point is?..........just kiddin Ray! you pretty much nailed it!
russell More than 1 year ago
Another track that should close. QH racing is a bad game and it always has been.
riddick More than 1 year ago
actually it's far more consistent than TB's , except it does not pay as well. Look at the fractional times for the distance. same as with dog racing.
P Cerv More than 1 year ago
I will not support Los Alamitos period. Will not wager there period. The Administration is a stuck up Orange County cess pool of idiots including Allred. Just because he builds it does NOT mean we have to come. Treat people like people. You Allred, your henchmen, and all the rest of your idyllic crew.
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
Hate to say this, but this sounds more like saving purse money than a drug issue. He's had the concerns for awhile right? So why such a late announcement for the cancel? Could this have any doing with Los Al's first year as a TB track and all the cost that comes with that? Not only C of C being canceled but a whole series of trials replaced with one race as an invitational. This will save around half a million dollars in total. So why not worry about the drug issue in the races that you will still run in place of the ones you canceled? Also, they say they will for sure bring this race back next year? How do you know the same problem won't exist then? He didn't announce any plan to clean this all up and why next year will be any different?
Ralph Venuti More than 1 year ago
I was thinking the same thing. First, Doc Allred requires entrants to pay a $12,500 entry fee (it's an invitational, thus it should be free entry), then he drops the purse to $600K, and now he cancels the race? All this on top of the fact that LA overpaid purses in the first TB meet? Seems all too convenient to have a drug problem that causes you to "have" to cancel the most prestigious race for older OH's.
Rick Baldwin More than 1 year ago
Yeah,no doubt this was a well considered decision.
Cliff More than 1 year ago
Do the qualifiers have any recourse?