Albert the Great, shown here winning the Brooklyn Handicap.

Albert the Great, shown here winning the Brooklyn Handicap.

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Albert the Great Retiring After Classic

Albert the Great, a grade I winner of over $2.5 million, will make his final start in the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), then retire to stud at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. Owner Tracy Farmer will retain 100% interest in the 4-year-old Go For Gin colt. No stud fee was announced.

Albert the Great finished fourth in his most recent start, the Oct. 6 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) won by Aptitude. He won the Gold Cup last year, then ran fourth in the Classic.

The bay colt, bought by Farmer as a yearling for $85,000, has won four other graded stakes: the Suburban (gr. II), Brooklyn (gr. II), Widener (gr. III), and Dwyer (gr. II).

In the Widener, Albert the Great set a new track record for the nine furlongs at Hialeah. He covered the distance in 1:45.52. Albert the Great was bred by, and named for, Clay's father, Albert Clay.

Albert the Great, out of the Fappiano mare Bright Feather, has been trained throughout his career by Nick Zito.