Albert the Great, a son of 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin and Bright Feather by Fappiano, was bred in Kentucky by Albert Clay. Owned by Tracy Farmer, he was trained by Nick Zito who had trained his dad. The handsome compact colt liked to grab the lead and keep it all the way around. He won the 2000 Dwyer and Jockey Club Gold Cup, the 2001 Widener, Brooklyn and Suburban Handicaps, and he finished a close second in several other prestigious races for career earnings of over three million dollars. In other words, Albert combined fierce speed with steely determination.