Thomas R. McCarthy

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Thomas R. McCarthy (1934 – July 21, 2016) was an American thoroughbred racehorse owner and trainer from Louisville, Kentucky, best known for the 2009 Blue Grass Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby runner, General Quarters. From a racing family, his grandfather was a jockey in Ireland and both his father and uncle trained horses at racetracks in New England.

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McCarthy has been a racehorse owner and trainer since 1960 and is unique in the racing industry in that he does all the work of maintaining and conditioning his horses. He is also a former high school teacher and school principal. [1]

McCarthy died on July 21, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky due to melanoma. He was 82. [1] [2]

Louisville, Kentucky City in Kentucky

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  1. 1 2 Staff (2016-07-21). "Thomas McCarthy, Owner-Trainer Of General Quarters, Dies". Horse Racing News | Paulick Report. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  2. Lerner, Danielle (July 21, 2016). "Horse trainer Thomas McCarthy dies at age 82". Courier Journal. Retrieved 2016-07-26.