Multiple graded stakes winner Albert the Great was euthanized Nov. 19 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm based in Georgetown, KY., where he has been pensioned since 2017.
According to attending veterinarian Dr. Bryan Waldridge, the 23-year-old stallion was euthanized due to chronic sinus infection.
Campaigned by owner Tracy Farmer and trainer Nick Zito, the son of Go for Gin had a short but very prestigious career. He earned his first graded stakes as a 3-year-old capturing the Dwyer Stakes (G2) in 2000 and, later that year, captured the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). At Saratoga that summer he fell just short of victory in the Travers Stakes (G1) as he ran second to Unshaded.
At age 4, he captured the Widener Handicap (G3) at Hialeah Park, the Suburban and Brooklyn Handicaps (G2) at Belmont Park, and ran second in four other Grade 1 contests, including the Woodward and Whitney Stakes.
Albert the Great retired from racing in 2001 following a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) with a 8-6-4 record from 22 starts, 15 of which were made in graded stakes. His lifetime earnings totaled $3,012,490. He entered stud in 2002 at Three Chimneys Farm before relocating to Pin Oak Lane in 2008.
He sired such Grade 1 winners as Moonshine Mullin, Albertus Maximus, and Nobiz Like Shobiz, who is currently retired at Old Friends.
“Albert the Great was aptly named,” said Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen. “He was the master and everyone else was just a serf. He didn’t need you to be his friend, just his servant. He was certainly a unique iconoclast and he’ll be missed. Our thanks to Three Chimneys, Tracy and Carol Farmer, and Nick Zito,” Blowen added. “They raised a great one.”