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posted by Kalina on Apr 28

Geberal Quarters in first, Hold Me Back in second, with Massone in third.

General Quarters in first, Hold Me Back in second, with Massone in third.

Tom McCarthy is the 75 year old owner/trainer of the former claimer, General Quarters. He claimed the colt for $20,000 in a maiden claimer last May in Kentucky. General Quarters broke his maiden in that race, then went without winning in his next 5 races in Kentucky. He was moved to Tampa Bay Downs at the end of his 2-year old racing season. He placed a good second Dec. 27, in the Inaugural Stakes (gr. III), then came back three weeks later to finish in second to Musket Man in the Pasco Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race. The colt finally had a breakthrough when her pulled away to win by 3 ½ lengths in the Sam F. Davis (gr. III). After General Quarter’s disappointing fifth place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby, McCarthy took his horse to Keeneland. The colt needed graded stakes earnings to make it to the Derby. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Kalina on Apr 28

Papa Clem (number 2) rallies to beat Old Fashioned in the Arkansas Derby

Papa Clem’s name has a story behind it, of course. Owner Bo Hirsch named him for his father, who’s grandchildren called him ‘Papa Clem’. Hirsch said he considered the name ‘Cement’ for the fast colt, because in the 1950’s and 60’s Clement, his father, had shared a rented beach house with Jimmy Durante, comic legend. Durante called Clement ‘Cement’, instead of pronouncing it correctly. “I thought it (Papa Clement) was better than Cement,” Hirsch says. “That doesn’t seem very fast.” Read the rest of this entry »

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