OwnerGeorge E. Hall and SportBLX Thoroughbreds Corp.
TrainerSteven M. Asmussen
Jockey (from last start)
BreederK & G Stables
DamFools in Love
Max Player keeps good company. The only member of his generation to compete in all three Triple Crown races during the rearranged 2020 schedule, Max Player is guaranteed a spot against the best of the best on Nov. 6 at Del Mar. He earned that ticket to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) by capturing the “Win and You’re In” Suburban Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park in July. Max Player is conditioned by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who recently became the winningest Thoroughbred trainer in North America when he notched his 9,446th triumph on Aug. 7.
Max Player followed up on his Suburban triumph by posting a 4-length victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Saratoga on Sept. 4. The Jockey Club Gold Cup also was a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race.
“He’s kind of a funny horse,” said Toby Sheets, Asmussen’s New York-based assistant, immediately after Max Player won the Suburban. “He always has more, but sometimes he doesn’t give it. He had a clear trip today and that helped so much. He finished well.”
Max Player demonstrated an affinity for an off track when he gained his initial victory on a sloppy track at the end of 2019. He had the same conditions in the Suburban.
“He needed a little confidence builder and he got one today,” Sheets said.
Max Player is from the first crop of Honor Code, the Eclipse Award champion older dirt dmale of 2015 and third-place finisher in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Honor Code is a son of 1992 Classic winner and Hall of Fame member A.P. Indy.
Max Player races for George E. Hall and SportBLX Thoroughbreds Corp. He was bred in Kentucky by K & G Stables.
|September 04, 2021||Jockey Club Gold Cup S.||SARATOGA||1||1|
|July 03, 2021||Suburban S.||BELMONT PARK||2||1|
|May 14, 2021||Pimlico Special Match Series S.||PIMLICO||3||6|
|February 20, 2021||Saudi Cup||KING ABDULAZIZ RACECOURSE||1||11|
|December 17, 2019||PARX RACING||1|
|November 12, 2019||PARX RACING||2|
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