01/19/2006 12:00AM

DM Shicago chosen World Champion


Three-time derby winner DM Shicago was named the 2005 World Champion Quarter Horse on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, Okla., after receiving 16 of 24 possible votes. He was also selected champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old gelding.

Trained by Carl Draper, DM Shicago secured his world championship with Grade 1 wins in the Ruidoso Derby, Rainbow Derby, and All American Derby last summer at Ruidoso Downs, becoming the third horse to sweep the three stakes. He also won the 2004 All American Futurity and is the only horse to win the All American Futurity, Quarter Horse racing's richest race, and return the next summer to win the three derbies.

DM Shicago made his only start against older horses in the Grade 1, $400,000 Championship at Sunland Park on Dec. 30, finishing eighth after a terrible start and losing his running lane.

DM Shicago was owned by breeder Don Moler and Fredda Draper, the trainer's wife, until they sold him to Jim and Marilyn Helzer early this month. DM Shicago is the sport's fourth all-time leading money earner at $1,825,263. The Helzers also campaigned Refrigerator, Quarter Horse racing's all-time leader with $2,126,309.

The Helzers have placed DM Shicago in Heath Taylor's barn. According to Jim Helzer, DM Shicago's first 2006 start could come in the Grade 1 Remington Park Championship on June 1, a race that rewards the winner with a berth in the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions on Dec. 9, DM Shicago's ultimate goal.

Ocean Runaway, the 2004 champion 2-year-old, was the unanimous selection as 2005 champion 3-year-old colt after winning the Grade 1 Champion of Champions. He was second in the Rainbow Derby behind DM Shicago and second in the World Champion voting with seven votes.

Apollitical Time, upset winner of the Los Alamitos Super Derby over Ocean Runaway, was chosen champion 3-year-old filly.

Higher Fire, winner of two $1 million futurities, prevailed over three-time futurity winner Leading Spirit to be named champion 2-year-old. She received 14 votes, nine more than Leading Spirit. Teller Cartel received one vote. Higher Fire won the Ed Burke Million and the Golden State Million before finishing second in the Los Alamitos Million. She was also named champion 2-year-old filly.

Leading Spirit earned the champion 2-year-old gelding title after wins in the West Texas, Ruidoso, and Rainbow futurities.

Teller Cartel was chosen champion 2-year-old colt after winning the All American Futurity and finishing third in the Golden State Million. Catchmeninyourdreams, winner of two Grade 1 stakes in 2005, is a champion for the third straight year after being named champion aged horse and champion aged gelding. In 2003, he also won those two titles, and in 2004 was the champion aged gelding.

Two-time Grade 1 winner Fredericksburg was the unanimous choice as champion aged stallion, and Mini Rock, winner of three stakes from six 2005 starts, was honored as the champion aged mare.

Prankster CF, winner of 5 of 6 starts at 870 yards in 2005, was named champion distance horse with four stakes wins at the distance in 2005. In the human categories, Paul Jones was named champion trainer for the fourth consecutive year and G.R. Carter Jr. was named the champion jockey for the third straight year.

In 2005, Jones sent out the earners of $6.4 million and won 49 stakes, including his first All American Futurity with Teller Cartel.

Last year, Carter's mounts earned $3.7 million and won 20 stakes, including the Los Alamitos Million with Value the Man.