Martha Maxine p,5, 1:49.2 ($731,079), who became a stakes winner in open mare events but later was determined to be an anatomical male, died on the track at Mohawk on Saturday night while competing in a $30,000 claiming race for trainer Richard Moreau. He was 8 years old.
Martha Maxine, an offspring of Park Place-Another Agenda (by Cole Muffler), won the 2009 Cape & Cutter final at the Meadowlands, a couple of legs of the Classic Distaff, and finished in a dead heat for second in the $250,000 Betsy Ross. During an examination by a veterinarian for a possible sale, it was discovered the mare was not a mare, but had male genitalia.
Martha Maxine was bred by Steve Morrison of Indiana, but blossomed as a racehorse when conditioned by Tony Alagna and his mother, Donna Lee Ozment. Ozment revealed that when they sold Martha Maxine, the horse was "vet examined twice and found to be normal before purchasing. She was turned down by a couple people because she did not scope well, not because of anything else."
In early June 2009, following examinations by veterinarians and consultation, the U.S. Trotting Association changed Martha Maxine's sex to "a genetic male" and ;thereafter the horse was required to race against males, but continued to be a tough competitor, earning more than $250,000. This year the veteran overnight horse had already made 23 starts and compiled five wins and five seconds, good for $71,124 in earnings.