Carl Draper Dies

Two-time All American-winning trainer died December 21.

Ruidoso Downs

Carl Draper died December 21.

Two-time All American Futurity-winning trainer Carl Draper, 76, died on Monday evening, December 21, due to a heart attack. Draper died at his home in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.

 “I am glad it was quick, painless and at home,” said daughter Robyne. “He exited very gracefully. I’m pleased that it was not long and drawn out. He was training and helping with the horses up until the end. He was supposed to help me with a 2-year-old when he died.”

Draper is a member of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame.

A longtime fixture on the New Mexico circuit, Draper trained the earners of $12,655,490 with 41 stakes wins (13 Grade 1 wins).

Draper will be best known for training 2005 world champion DM Shicago and two-time champion Heartswideopen, the 2007 champion 2-year-old and 2008 champion 3-year-old filly. They each won the All American Futurity.

 DM Shicago earned $1,873,730 with $1,812,513 coming at Ruidoso Downs. He also won the 2005 Grade 1 All American Derby. He is one of six horses to take the All American Futurity-All American Derby double. The Separatist gelding also won the Ruidoso Derby and the Rainbow Derby before completing his sweep of the three Grade 1 derbies at Ruidoso Downs with his one-length win in the All American Derby.

 “I want everybody to know that Don Moler changed our lives,” said wife Fredda Draper. “He brought us DM Shicago and that was the turning point.” Fredda Draper and breeder Don Moler co-owned Dm Shicago.

Heartswideopen banked $1,885,283 with $1,857,393 earned at Ruidoso Downs. The Feature Mr Jess filly won the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity and Draper passed on the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity to point her towards her winning effort in the Grade 1 All American Futurity. She came back at three to win the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby and Grade 1 Rainbow Derby before finishing second by a neck to champion Noconi in the Grade 1 All American Derby.

A filly out of Heartswideopen topped the 2015 Ruidoso Select Sale at $300,000. The Valiant Hero filly is named Bellissima Chocolata and will race at Ruidoso Downs this summer.

Draper also trained 2012 champion two-year-old filly PJ Chick In Black to win the Ruidoso Futurity after she won the New Mexican Spring Futurity for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.

Draper is survived by his wife of 53 years, Fredda; children Robyne and Dallas; grandchildren Jasmyne Helena Rogers (husband Adam Rogers), Bella Amezcua, Jaxon Draper and Jordan Wright; and great-grandchildren Paige Joy Helena Rogers and Lucas Addison Rogers. Draper always said his success was for his family.

 For more on Draper’s life story, see his recounting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgqs1AK3PH0. It is his video for his Ruidoso Downs’ Racehorse Hall of Fame induction.

Services for Draper are pending.

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