Albert the Great, a son of 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin and Bright Feather by Fappiano, was bred in Kentucky by Albert Clay. Owned by Tracy Farmer, he was trained by Nick Zito who had trained his dad. The handsome compact colt liked to grab the lead and keep it all the way around. He won the 2000 Dwyer and Jockey Club Gold Cup, the 2001 Widener, Brooklyn and Suburban Handicaps, and he finished a close second in several other prestigious races for career earnings of over three million dollars. In other words, Albert combined fierce speed with steely determination.
He went home to Three Chimneys Farm in 2002, where he sired multiple graded stakes winners Albertus Maximus, Moonshine Mullin, and his best son, Nobiz Like Shobiz who now lives at Old Friends. In 2008 Albert moved to Pin Oak Lane Farm in Pennsylvania. He was retired to Old Friends February 1, 2017.
We found Albert a spirited stallion who wanted things his way. He was at his happiest when being served a meal or being left to himself to enjoy sunny days on his own terms. With a fiery horse it’s especially hard having to watch health deteriorate. Albert the Great fought long and valiantly against chronic illness and dwindling quality of life. I think the way he’d want to be remembered is as a winner in his moments of glory. Here are some of them.
Albert the Great winning the 2000 Dwyer Stakes
and the 2000 Jockey Club Gold Cup
and the 2001 Suburban Handicap
photos by Laura