Monthly Archives: October 2022

October 10, 2022

Albertus Maximus
(February 24, 2004 – October 8, 2022)

Albertus Maximus won the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. In 2009 he prevailed in the prestigious Donn Handicap, and he also won the Windy Sands Handicap in 2008. He entered stud at Shadwell Farm in 2012. He was pensioned in 2020 and resided at Shadwell until joining Old Friends in March 2022.

Albertus, a son of Albert the Great (1997-2021), was a chip off the old block in his handsome looks, and like Albert, Albertus had a tough, independent spirit. He did things his own way. He did have a softer side. He liked useful people. Those who brought him meals. Those who gave him carrots. Those who understood that he was a champion to be reckoned with and gave him the respect he was fully aware he deserved.

His fatal paddock accident two days ago shocked us as much as saddened us. For an Old Friends resident, Albertus was young. He was only weeks away from spending his Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile anniversary with us, which we thought would be the first of many together. He was healthy and seemed to have almost endless years before him of enjoying grazing in the warm sun, greeting his fans and munching carrots. He’d earned it, that’s for sure. Sometimes fate just doesn’t seem fair.

In his honor, here is Remembering Albertus Maximus, a collection of Laura’s photos celebrating him in his all too brief time with us.

Beth
photos by Laura

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October 6, 2022

One of the questions I get asked the most these days, whether in person or on social media, is how Special Ring is doing after the passing of his best friend, Popcorn Deelites. Ringy did go through a hard time. His health remained ok, but he was obviously sad. But he’s one strong, smart, resourceful horse, even compared to most horses who seem an optimistic lot, especially when they know they’re loved. Ringy has been getting lots and lots of love.

And this summer, he got a new paddock mate. To our joy and wonderment, he’s formed an enthusiastic partnership with the most unlikely of partners.

Sun King!

For all of you who have asked how Special Ring is doing these days, here they are, Mr. Ring and Mr. King.

Many thanks to Old Friends tour guide Barb Peppin, who filmed the exclusive interview they granted us. Also featured are Milwaukee Brew, Ide and Gorgeous George, longtime buddies Game On Dude and Little Mike, and Little Silver Charm.

Beth

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