Ticker
  • Disco Partner (5-2) rolls last to first to win the Elusive Quality on the Belmont lawn.Posted 1 day ago
  • Battalion Runner and Malagacy will NOT run in the Kentucky Derby, per Todd Pletcher.Posted 1 day ago
  • Thunder Snow confirmed for the Kentucky Derby by Godolphin.Posted 1 day ago
  • Quiet Business (16-1) powers home to win the Bewitch at Keeneland.Posted 2 days ago
  • Celtic Chaos (7-1) gets up on the wire to win the Affirmed Success.Posted 2 days ago
  • Girvin, the Kentucky Derby points leader, has a quarter crack, via Byron King.Posted 3 days ago
  • Party Boat (7-2) takes the Memories of Silver on the Aqueduct turf.Posted 7 days ago
  • Dolphus (6-5), Rachel Alexandra's half-brother, wins AQU allowance; Shagaf lastPosted 7 days ago
  • Multiplier (4-1) kicks it in late to get past Hedge Fund in the Illinois Derby.Posted 8 days ago
  • Collected (3-5) rolls home much the best in the Californian.Posted 8 days ago
Breeders Cup 2015
Kentucky Derby 2017

General Quarters Looking Sharp

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters, one of the favorites for Saturday’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap, breezed a half-mile in 49.40 Sunday morning in a move that left his owner-trainer’s Irish eyes smiling while he cooled out his colt following the encouraging work.

 

“It was the way he finished up that really was so encouraging,” said McCarthy of the breeze accomplished with jockey Jamie Theriot in the irons. “He went the first three-eighths in 37 and change, but I got him coming home the last eighth in 11 flat.  Jamie said the track was really dead – it had no spring to it at all – but my horse felt really strong under him and seemed really happy out there. Jamie loved being on him.

 

“I would have to say this horse is doing better right now than I’ve seen him do all winter,” concluded McCarthy. “Maybe that little break in his training last week was just what he needed.”

 

General Quarters did not go to the track for three days last week after sustaining a bruise on his left front just above the fetlock.

 

In his last trip to the post, General Quarters finished second by a neck in the Grade III Mineshaft Handicap as the final major local prep for the New Orleans Handicap that was run Feb. 20.

 

Giant Oak Breezes Five Furlongs in 1:01 Sunday


Virginia Tarra’s Giant Oak, a highly regarded candidate for Saturday’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap who finished third in the $100,000 Mineshaft Handicap Feb. 20, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Saturday morning in preparation for his upcoming assignment.

 

“(Giant Oak) was on an exceptional roll this morning,” said trainer Neil Pessin shortly after the breeze, accomplished with James Graham in the irons. “He did the last eighth in 11 and change and when he came back to the barn he couldn’t blow out a match. We have no excuses now going into Saturday’s race. He couldn’t be doing any better.”


Pessin also breezed Lothenbach Stables’ Mister Marti Gras five-eighths in 1:02 in possible preparation for Saturday’s $750,000 Louisiana Derby at nine furlongs. 

 

“We’ll discuss it with his owners whether we end up going in that race or in another spot,” said Pessin, “and make a final decision later in the week.”


  Read More

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories