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.
photos by Laura