General Quarters

General Quarters heads for Washington Park ‘Cap; owner McCarthy bounces back from health scare

PRESS RELEASE Tom McCarthy’s GENERAL QUARTERS (Sky Mesa), a Grade 1 winner on both turf and Polytrack, will return to that latter surface for the first time since his 2009 Blue Grass S. (G1) victory for Arlington’s Washington Park H. (G3) next Saturday. The Washington Park ‘Cap, which will be observing its 77th renewal on […]

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General Quarters, Strike Impact head July 4th Firecracker

Press Release Owner-trainer Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters, a versatile Grade I winner on both turf and synthetic surfaces, drew the rail post when a field of eleven older horses was entered Friday to compete in the 21st running of the $175,000-added Firecracker Handicap Presented by GE (Grade II) on Monday, July 4, the closing day […]

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Get Stormy, General Quarters head list of nominations for Firecracker Handicap

PRESS RELEASE The winners of the two most recent runnings of the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters, who won the race in 2010, and Sullimar Stable’s 2011 winner Get Stormy head a list of 55 nominations for the 21st running of Churchill Downs’ $175,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII). The one-mile race […]

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General Quarters pointing to G-2 Firecracker Handicap

PRESS RELEASE: All continues to go well for owner/trainer Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters since the dual Grade I stakes winner returned to action on following a nearly 10-month layoff and he continues to be pointed to the $175,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) at one mile on the Matt Winn Turf Course on July 4. General Quarters […]

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Arlington Notes: General Quarters may return to grass, Nakatani wins two Friday

Arlington Park Barn Notes for Saturday, June 11, 2011   GENERAL QUARTERS MAY GO BACK ON GRASS FOR NEXT START Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters, who loomed a threatening third entering the lane during last summer’s Grade I Arlington Million before stopping suddenly, returned to competition for the first time since that outing on Friday over […]

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General Quarters prepares for comeback

General Quarters worked Sunday over the Churchill Downs track in preparation for a return to racing Friday.  The son of Sky Mesa was last seen finishing seventh in the Arlington Million in August.  He’ll face six rivals, including Wise Dan, in Friday’s allowance race – a seven furlong dirt sprint.

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS

Arlington Park, in suburban Chicago, presents the signature day of its racing season on Saturday when the Arlington Million and its sister race, the Beverly D., along with the Secretariat are run. They are all Grade 1 stakes taking place on the grass. In addition, the G3 Stars and Stripes is on the card, a […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: NTRA SIMULATES TOWARDS SUCCESS

By Bradford Cummings Did you think Desert Party was the best horse in the 2009 Kentucky Derby field? Still stinging over Rip Van Winkle’s lackluster performance in the Breeders’ Cup? Maybe you thought Super Saver should have gone into the Belmont Stakes as a Triple Crown hopeful? Or perhaps you’d like to make a compelling […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

  Kentucky Derby preps are in full swing across the country with more than a few contenders from the 2007 foal crop hoping to emerge as stars. Gulfstream Park will present two graded stakes for 3-year-olds, the Hutcheson, at seven furlongs, and the 1 1/8-mile Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth, both Grade 2. In the Hutcheson, […]

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PAULICK PREAKNESS INDEX by AmWest Entertainment: ALEXANDRA THE GREAT?

It has been almost two weeks since Mine That Bird and jockey Calvin Borel shocked the sports world with their improbable long shot victory in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. And as with any Derby aftermath, the question lingers in the air; will this be the year we end the Triple Crown drought? If […]

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