General Quarters, a thoroughbred owned by Norwich native Tom
McCarthy, was slightly injured in a freak accident this week and may
miss horse racing’s year-end championships as a result.
The 4-year-old gray was coming off the Churchill Downs surface
following a Monday workout. Another horse was in front of General
Quarters. The front horse reared up and General Quarters, panicking,
did likewise. General Quarters kicked himself coming down, suffering an
injury to his left front leg, his trainer/owner said.
“It was the darndest thing,” McCarthy said by phone from
Louisville, Ky., where he lives and trains at Churchill Downs. “He’s OK
but he’s going to need some time off.”