01/14/2010 1:00AM

Freaky achieves improbable rise to top


Freaky, who ran in a $50,000 claimer last winter and rose to win the Champion of Champions in December, was named 2009 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse on Wednesday.

Trainer Adan Farias said it will not be long before Freaky starts a 2010 campaign to defend that title. Farias said on Thursday that Freaky is being pointed for the Los Alamitos Winter Championship trials on Jan. 30. The 400-yard race is worth an estimated $200,000 and has a final on Feb. 20.

"He'll run on Jan. 30, if everything goes well," Farias said.

The announcement of the World Champion title, as well as divisional honors, was made at the Heritage Place Sale in Oklahoma City.

In 2009, Freaky won 6 of 9 starts and $580,860, and won four stakes - the Champion of Champions, Los Alamitos Championship, Vessels Maturity, and Spencer Childers Championship. Along the way, he set track records at 350 and 400 yards at Los Alamitos.

Freaky, now 5, was also named champion aged horse and champion aged gelding, a title he gained unanimously.

Farias said he was surprised that Freaky won the World Champion title, and was worried that the New Mexico stakes winner First Moonflash would attract support. But Freaky won the key race - the Champion of Champions, which brings together the winners of several major stakes over the year.

"That trophy is amazing," Farias said. "I wasn't expecting it."

Freaky began 2009 racing for breeder Ed Allred and trainer Scott Willoughby, and was acquired privately by Armando Aguirre of Surprise, Ariz., and Farias last January.

Freaky's three titles were the most of any 2009 recipient. Other equine titles went to First Moonflash, champion aged stallion; Stylish Jess BR, champion aged mare; Runnning Brook Gal, champion 2-year-old and 2-year-old filly; Tempting Dash, 2-year-old colt; First Klas Fred, 2-year-old gelding; Inseperable, 3-year-old and 3-year-old colt; Alice K White, 3-year-old filly; Time for a Cigar, 3-year-old gelding; and Gone to the Mountain, distance horse.

First Moonflash won 7 of 8 starts and $485,640, including six stakes, in 2009. He holds the 440-yard world record of 20.27 seconds set in the New Mexico Challenge Championship at Sunland Park last April.

Ze Dancer was honored as the outstanding horse in Mexico, while Six Pack of Corona was Canada's top runner. A Tempting Chick, the dam of two Grade 1 winners in 2009, was named Broodmare of the Year.

Among the human categories, Paul Jones earned his eighth consecutive training title, while Ramon Sanchez, closely allied with Jones, was named champion jockey for the second consecutive year. Jones, 44, set a single-season earnings record of $7,425,512 in 2009, surpassing his own record of $6,930,712 in 2008.

Allred, who owns Los Alamitos, was named champion breeder, while A&C Racing and Roping of Albert, Patricia, and Chad Richard of Roosevelt, Utah, was honored as champion owner. The Richards campaigned such stakes winners as Runnning Brook Gal, the winner of the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

Runnning Brook Gal won 6 of 9 starts and $1,318,340, the highest seasonal earnings among the 2009 champions.