General Quarters is bound to be a big Bluegrass favorite on Derby Day.
Photo of General Quarters with trainer Tim McCarthy courtesy of Photos by Z
A previous stakes winner, he won the Grade I Bluegrass Stakes by surging past the wonderfully-named pacesetter Join in the Dance to surprise the Keeneland crowd and take the honors.
General Quarters is a Sky Mesa colt owned and trained by Tim McCarthy and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux. His mare, Ecology, is a daughter of Grade I stakes winner Unbridled’s Song.
McCarthy’s story will likely be one of those slow-mo video clip stories sure to tug at our heartstrings on Derby Day. As a cancer survivor, a retired Louisville school principal, and an owner/trainer who hotwalks his own horses and is hands-on with every aspect of the colt’s handling, McCarthy is the kind of guy everyone loves.
The naval term "General Quarters." When the call to General Quarters (GQ) is made, the crew prepares the ship to join battle. Off-duty or sleeping crewmembers report to their stations and prepare for action. Watertight doors between bulkheads are shut and security is increased around sensitive areas such as the bridge and engineering rooms.