11/25/2011 12:24AM

Farewell to the General


A sad farewell to the majestic General Maximus, one of the flashiest and most popular horses on the New York circuit. 

General Maximus (ch. c., 2007 - 2011, by Freud - Modern Toughness, by Good and Tough).  Bred by Jill and Dominique Imperio (NY); owned by Goldmark Farm, Michael Imperio, Elizabeth Loftus; trained by John Terranova.

Fourteen starts.  Five victories, three times second, once third, three times fourth.  Earned $319,640 and won the Times Square and two renewals of the Hudson Stakes.  

Above:  The first time I saw General Maximus - January 29, 2010.  Horseman Karl Keegan had proudly pointed him out.  (Liz Gray is on the accompanying pony)

Above:  On January 30, 2010, with Javier Castellano up, General Maximus won his second race.  He was 1.60-1 in this Gulfstream Park allowance (he broke his maiden in his first start, 9/9/09).

Above and below:  The John Terranova-trained General Maximus with Simon Harris.

Above and below:  General Maximus at Gulfstream Park on February 12, 2011.

Above and below:  General Maximus, below with Corey Nakatani, on New York Showcase Day at Belmont 10/22/11.

Above:  General Maximus' final victory, a powerful performance in the Hudson Stakes on October 22.  Corey Nakatani was aboard.

Above:  General Maximus on October 22, 2011.  He will be missed.

paul More than 1 year ago
I had not seen this blog earlier and hoped there would be some sort of tribute. I know that Michael had to be devastated. When the horses came out to the track Durkin said "Big General Maximus", I thought that was weird at the time. I thought he may have looked a step off in the enclosure and possibly rushed up. But then he smoothed out and was poised to pounce. The head on did show the horse inside of him tap him once and then a little harder and then the misstep. He looked like he was going to collar the leader and fire like he did in his prior race and show a truly big race. Michael I am so sorry for your loss. I know he was like family to you.
Ant More than 1 year ago
I didn't even know this happened. Rest in peace forever, General Maximus
Frank More than 1 year ago
I've been following and betting on horses for more than 38yrs now -- It hurts whenever this happens to a race horse at any level. I dont bet as much as I use to over the years just because of this. I love the horses and the sport -- I wish these things never happened.
Nancy More than 1 year ago
Barbara, Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of the General with us. He was so lovely, such an expressive face. It must have been a tremendous shock to his connections and many fans. He won't be forgotten thanks to your kindness for sharing these special moments of his.
Abigail (Terlingua lady) More than 1 year ago
Barbara: thank you for this lovely tribute. This is just so terribly sad. But the loss is softened a little by these profoundly beautiful and powerful images of a thoroughbred who always did his very best.
Ken More than 1 year ago
What a heartbreaking year for John Terranova- had two of the best sprinters in the country break down. With her speed, Franny Freud was as good as it got.
Linda More than 1 year ago
This is such sad news. What a beautiful horse he was! Thank you Barbara for this tribute to such a magnificent racehorse. RIP General Maximus.
Memphis More than 1 year ago
One of my first days on the track and a champion filly came out and i thought, wow those ankles are so thin to support such beauty. General Maximus was a fine horse and we are all in your debt for such a lovely tribute. You build up a shell , but sometimes it gets dented.
Bellwether More than 1 year ago
wwstp More than 1 year ago
It means so much...to have this tribute for the General. Thank you! So many of these couragous horses go down...unnoticed....without any follow up to watching these break downs happen on the track. Too many times we have to dig to find out what their fate was, and far too many times, it's a loss such as this. General Maximus was such a favorite of mine, and so many others. It's a joy to see his beauty and stature in these photos. Rest in deep loving peace, General Maximus.