Champion of Champions Qualifier Profile: Divide The Cash

Learn about the Champion of Champions (G1) qualifiers each day leading up to the race.

By Andrea Caudill
The American Quarter Horse Journal
December 2, 2010

Divide The Cash

Photo courtesy of Los Alamitos Racetrack

The homebred Separatist colt Divide The Cash secured a spot in the prestigious Champion of Champions by winning the second division of the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Stakes, covering the 400 yards in :19.399 and nosing out Good Reason SA for the win. The Champion of Champions will be run December 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course in California.

He will carry the fiery red and yellow silks of his breeder/owner, Abigail Kawananakoa, and represent work by his legendary former trainer, Blane Schvaneveldt, who died July 5. An American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer,  Schvaneveldt guided Divide The Cash’s career until his death. The horse is now trained by Schvaneveldt’s former assistant, Rafael Orozco.

Divide The Cash last year flashed potential, as he was a finalist in the Golden State Million Futurity (G1). This year, he won the 350-yard Make It Anywhere Handicap in a track record time of :17.061, and went on to finish fourth in Good Reason SA’s Golden State Derby (G1) and second to Apollitical Jess in the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1). 

“This horse was a runt when he was a baby and I never paid any attention to him,” Kawananakoa said after the Z. Wayne Griffin Stakes. “It was Blane who saw this horse’s potential – I never did. Blane always believed in this horse and this horse just kept coming along and improving and improving. This guy (Divide The Cash) just keeps surprising everyone.”

Divide The Cash has won five of 14 lifetime starts and earned $303,632. He is by champion and world champion-sire Separatist and out of the Dash For Cash mare Time For Royal Cash, who herself was a three-time Grade 1 winner who earned $313,583.

Kawananakoa is a 20-year cumulative breeder, and her horses’ many victories include the 1993 All American Futurity (G1) with A Classic Dash and the 1995 Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1, now the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity) with Evening Snow.

Los Alamitos Race Course is proud to host the 39th running of the Grade 1 $750,000 Champion of Champions at 440 yards on Saturday, December 11.

The Champion of Champions is the richest event for older horses in the nation, and it has traditionally impacted several American Quarter Horse championship divisions over the years. All in all, 25 of the 38 winners have been crowned racing world champions. Legendary American Quarter Horses, including Charger Bar, Dash For Cash and Refrigerator, have won the Champion of Champions since its inception in 1972.

Fans can watch live racing at Los Alamitos and most other American Quarter Horse tracks throughout the year by subscribing to Q-Racing Video. Q-Racing Video will be offered free of charge the weekend of December 10, so fans can watch the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) and Champion of Champions live from Los Alamitos Race Course in California, plus sample Q-Racing Video’s other features like live chat with professional handicappers. Subscribers have unlimited live access to almost every Quarter Horse simulcasting signal in the United States, plus unlimited access to archived race video. For more information, visit www.qracingvideo.com.