09/06/2004 12:00AM

DM Shicago takes All American Futurity

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Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso News
Dm Shicago(#4) defeats Take Off Jess(#5) by three-quarters of a length to win the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity while setting a new stakes record at Ruidoso Downs on Monday.

DM Shicago benefited from a perfect start to win Monday's $1.9 million for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs, a race marred by a fatal breakdown suffered by Separate Secrets, the 8-5 favorite.

DM Shicago ($12), ridden by Juan Vazquez, ran 440 yards in a stakes-record 21 seconds, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of 15-1 Take Off Jess.

The victory was worth $1 million for co-owners Fredda Draper and Don Moler. DM Shicago, who won his first stakes in the All American, is trained by Carl Draper.

Take Off Jess, one of two starters trained by eight-time All American Futurity winner Jack Brooks, finished a neck in front of Devons Signature in the field of 10.

DM Shicago was second in the Aug. 19 time trials behind fastest qualifier Mighty Invictus who finished fifth in the final. DM Shicago had the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the trials. A gelding, DM Shicago was third in the prestigious Rainbow Futurity in July, and has won 2 of 5 starts and $1,054,506.

Separate Secrets was behind the leaders when he was pulled up by jockey G.R. Carter with 100 yards remaining. Separate Secrets, the second-fastest qualifier, suffered an injury to his left foreleg and was euthanized.