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 –
Sad news: Tom McCarthy, trainer of BG and WR Turf Classic winner General Quarters, died this AM, friend/owner Jerry Hills confirms. @KyHBPA
— Jennie Rees (@TracksideJennie) July 21, 2016
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.
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