Albert the Great – Chasethewildwind, by Forty Niner
2015 Stud Fee: Complimentary to approved mares
$90,000 ALBERTUS MAXIMUS filly second Highest Price of the Session
Thursday, September 18, 2014
From the first crop of ALBERTUS MAXIMUS came the second-highest price of Session 10 at Keeneland September. The Book 4 filly out of Goodbye Beautiful, by Goodbye Doeny, brought a final price of $90,000. Goodbye Beautiful is the dam of two winners from three of racing age. Hip 3140 was bred by Ponder Hill Farm, consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, and purchased by Preston Stables.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Half-brother Impressive Debut MSW Winner at Belmont
ALBERTUS MAXIMUS' 2-year-old half-brother Daredevil broke his maiden impressively in a six-furlong Maiden Special Weight on the main track at Belmont. Sent off the favorite in his first start, he moved to the front to clear the field and stayed there comfortably. The More Than Ready colt pulled away through the mud to win by 6 1/4 lengths, in hand under John Velazquez, in a final time of 1:09 4/5. Daredevil was a $260,000 Keeneland September purchase for Let's Go Stable. The Todd Pletcher trainee was bred in Kentucky by Marianne and Brandon Chase.
1st Crop ALBERTUS MAXIMUS Filly Sells at OBS Winter Mixed
Friday, January 24, 2014
The first yearling to sell by ALBERTUS MAXIMUS brought $25,000 at the OBS Winter Mixed Sale on Friday. Consigned by Top Line Sales as agent, the bay filly from the first crop of the G1 winner ALBERTUS MAXIMUS was sold to Double G Stables. A half-sister to two winners, she is the third foal from the stakes-placed winner of over $130,000 Goodbye Beautiful and was foaled in Kentucky on March 28, 2013.
G1 Winner and Millionaire ALBERTUS MAXIMUS Retires to Shadwell
Thursday, September 1, 2011
ALBERTUS MAXIMUS, winner of the Donn Handicap-G1 and the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2012 breeding season at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. The 7-year-old son of Albert the Great was retired due to injuries that occurred two years ago in the Dubai World Cup-G1, where he finished sixth as the favorite.
"We realized that Albertus was not going to return to his G1 form, so the decision was made to retire him to stud." said Rick Nichols, vice president and general manager of Shadwell Farm. "He is a strongly-made horse with obvious talent on both synthetic and dirt, and raced successfully on both coasts."
ALBERTUS MAXIMUS made headlines when he won the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on the synthetic surface at Santa Anita and the historic Donn Handicap-G1 on dirt at Gulfstream in back-to-back races. Always a consistent graded stakes contender, ALBERTUS MAXIMUS won or placed in 11 of 17 races and earned over $1.3 million. His victories also included the Windy Sands Handicap at Del Mar. In addition, he was second in the Swaps Stakes-G2 and Affirmed Handicap-G3, and in one of his best efforts placed to eventual Dubai World Cup-G1 winner Well Armed in the Goodwood Stakes-G1.
"He's a very professional racehorse," stated conditioner Kiaran McLaughlin, "winning the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on all-weather and the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on dirt shows his versatility."
ALBERTUS MAXIMUS is out of the Forty Niner mare Chasethewildwind, who has also produced G3-placed Chasethegold. The millionaire's second dam is Grade 1 winner Race the Wild Wind, whose victories include the Santa Maria Handicap-G1. Race the Wild Wind has produced Champion 3-year-old King Charlemagne and G3 winner Meshaheer, as well as the dam of Forego Stakes-G1 winner Here Comes Ben.
Shadwell would like to give every opportunity for success for ALBERTUS MAXIMUS at stud. In view of the fact that he has been out of the public's eye for such an extended period, the 2012 stud fee will be waived for approved mares. In addition, a bonus of $5,000 will be awarded to the breeder of the first winner sired by ALBERTUS MAXIMUS, and a bonus of $10,000 will be awarded to the breeder of the first blacktype winner sired by him. For more information, please contact Kent Barnes at Shadwell Farm. He can be reached by telephone at (859) 224-4585.