Thomas McCarthy, Owner-Trainer Of General Quarters, Dies

by | 07.21.2016 | 11:24am
Tom McCarthy was the owner & trainer of General Quarters, winner of both the G1 Toyota Blue Grass and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (photo courtesy Churchill Downs Twitter feed)

Thomas R. McCarthy, the retired high school principal that owned and trained 2009 Kentucky Derby contender General Quarters, passed away Thursday morning. He was 82.

The sad news was reported by several sources, including journalist Jennie Rees, via Twitter –

According to the Kentucky HBPA's Facebook page, McCarthy died after battling stage 4 melanoma.

McCarthy made national headlines in 2009 as the owner and trainer of General Quarters, who won the G1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes and G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes. The 3-year-old colt, who was the only horse in McCarthy's one-horse stable, became McCarthy's first starter in the Kentucky Derby, finishing tenth to Mine That Bird.

The following year, General Quarters notched his second G1 victory when he captured the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs.

McCarthy earned a degree in biology prior to serving in the U.S. Army. Upon being discharged, he pursued a career in education, becoming a science teacher and eventually serving as principal of Seneca, Durrett and Valley High Schools in Louisville, Ky. He retired from the educational field in 1990.

Read more on the Kentucky HBPA's Facebook page and Daily Racing Form

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