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General Quarters in the winner's circle
General Quarters in the winner's circle with owner/trainer Tom McCarthy at his hip after the 2009 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland
© Terence Dulay
Winning owner-trainer Thomas McCarthy said, "He trained like a champion all week, and after that breeze last week (a bullet 5 furlongs in 58.20) I knew I had him right where I wanted him. I think he exhibited the tenacity to go on to the (Kentucky) Derby."
McCarthy, a 75-year-old retired schoolteacher, claimed General Quarters out of his debut for $20,000 from Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Wesley Ward on May 30, 2008.