08/31/2011 4:40PM

Albertus Maximus retired to stand at Shadwell

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Albertus Maximus, 2009’s Donn Handicap winner, has retired due to injuries he sustained in the Dubai World Cup that year. He will stand at his owner’s Shadwell Stud in Lexington, Ky., in 2012.

Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum privately purchased Albertus Maximus, now 7, from his breeders, Marianne and Brandon Chase, after he won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2008. He won the Donn in his next start but came out of a sixth-place finish as favorite in the Dubai World Cup with a tendon injury. He returned to training late in 2009 but injured a splint bone.

“We realized that Albertus Maximus was not going to return to his Grade 1 form, so the decision was made to retire him to stud,” said Shadwell general manager Rick Nichols. “He is a strongly-made horse with obvious talent on both synthetic and dirt and raced successfully on both coasts.”

Shadwell will waive Albertus Maximus’s 2012 stud fee for approved mares and also will offer a breeders’ bonuses: the breeder of the first winner by Albertus Maximus will receive $5,000, and the breeder of the horse’s first black-type winner will receive $10,000.

Trained by Vladimir Cerin and Kiaran McLaughlin, Albertus Maximus won 6 of 17 lifetime starts and finished second or third in five other races, for career earnings of $1,328,230. In addition to his Donn Handicap and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victories, he also won the 2008 Windy Sands Handicap ay Del Mar.

Albertus Maximus is out of the Forty Niner mare Chasethewildwind, making him a half-brothert to stakes-placed Chasethegold.