McCarthy back at Fair Grounds as General Quarters finds new home

Updated: December 6, 2013

New Orleans, LA ( – Senior citizen trainer Tom McCarthy
made a name for himself in 2009 by winning the Blue Grass Stakes with the only
horse in his stable.

General Quarters became a Kentucky Derby contender that year for the former
high school principal and went on to win other stakes before retiring.
However, McCarthy is still saddling horses for races and currently doing so
at Fair Grounds Racecourse.

“It’s good to be back here in New Orleans,” said the 78-year-old trainer
earlier this week. “I couldn’t make it down last winter because my wife Pat
and I were both (seriously) injured in a car accident and were still
recovering throughout the year. But I’m back now and looking forward to the
new Fair Grounds season. Hopefully, we can have some luck with these three
horses I’ve brought with me this winter.”

McCarthy’s former trainee, General Quarters, is retired from racing but is at
a new home for breeding purposes. The 7-year-old stallion is now living at
Crestwood Farm in Lexington, Ky.

“We are thrilled to get General Quarters. He was both a talented and versatile
runner,” according to Crestwood Farm’s Pope McLean, “He is an extremely
handsome individual, and I know people will be impressed when they see him.”

General Quarters earned more than $1.2 million for McCarthy who both owned and
trained the horse, along with anything else that needed to be done in a one-
horse operation.

General Quarters also won the Sam F. Davis Stakes in 2009 and the 2010
Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes. He finished in the money in the Stephen
Foster Handicap, WinStar Kentucky Cup Stakes, New Orleans Handicap and
Mineshaft Handicap.