11/24/2011 11:24PM

Farewell to the General

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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.