MAX A MILLION 2000-2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jules - King's Sweetest, by Rollicking

Nov. 12, 2014 - This weekend we were saddened by the loss of Max A Million. On Saturday morning Max showed colic symptoms. Dr. Bryan Waldridge quickly administered treatment and Sallee generously spared a van from their full sales schedule to rush Max to the hospital. Max A Million did everything right. No horse could have tried with a steadier, more cooperative determination to survive. Though horse and humans worked hard together, the efforts to save his life did not succeed.

Max A Million, a 14 year old gelded son of Jules out of King’s Sweetest by Rollicking, was stakes placed. He ran third in the 2004 Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes and held his own on the track for years. When his racing days were over, Topcat Stables and Francis Vitale did right by the horse who had campaigned his whole career for them and ensured his future. Max A Million came to Old Friends in 2008. He lived at the main Kentucky farm.

Max was a compact bay, not flashy, not big, but handsome. He came as close to the perfect resident as it gets. Max A Million was always kind, always willing and beautifully behaved. Oh, one time he was a little bad when he joined his best buddy Discreet Hero in pestering A. P. Slew. Just once in all his six years with us. Day in and day out, Max a Million was a sociable citizen of his herd and a pleasure to be around.

He and Discreet Hero were always fast friends, and when Max colicked it was Discreet Hero who stood by him until help arrived. Hero is not the only one who will miss Max. In his many good days of retirement and in his final hours, Max A Million showed unfailing heart and kindness. We will all miss him.

Racing as a homebred for owner/trainer Francis J. Vitale, Max A Million was a stakes-placed competitor at Delaware, Tampa Bay, Gulfstream Monmouth, Calder, Rockingham and Penn National. As a two year old he ran third Tyro Stakes at Monmouth, and as a four year old he showed again in the Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes. In a career that spanned 2002 through 2008 Max started 41 times with 4 wins, 4 seconds and 6 thirds for total earnings of $101,951.
Max came to Old Friends in January 2009. Old Friends thanks Francis Vitale for recompensing this equine athlete’s hardworking, successful years on the track with the secure and comfortable retirement he has earned.

Max A Million has the same sire as Peace Rules.  He enjoys the company of his pals Discreet Hero and Easy Grades.

Bred in FL by Francis Joseph Vitale. Foaled May 31, 2000

41 Starts, 4 Wins, 4 Places, 6 Shows. Career Earnings: $101,951

Racing Owners: Topcat Stables
Trainer: F. J. Vitale
Jockeys: several

Most notable races: 3rd in the Tyro S at Monmouth Park 2002, 3rd in the Florida Charities Thoroughbred Stakes
Raced at: Rockingham, Monmouth, Calder, Delaware, Tampa Bay Downs, Ocala Training Center, Gulfstream and Penn National

Joined Old Friends January 2009

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