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.
The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered "hot-blooded" horses that are known for their agility, speed, and spirit.
Horse racing is an equestrian performance sport, typically involving two or more horses ridden by jockeys over a set distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports, as its basic premise – to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance – has been unchanged since at least classical antiquity.
A horse trainer is a person who tends to horses and teaches them different disciplines. Some of the responsibilities trainers have are caring for the animals’ physical needs, as well as teaching them submissive behaviors and/or coaching them for events, which may include contests and other riding purposes. The level of education and the yearly salary they can earn for this profession may differ depending on where the person is employed.
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.
McCarthy died on July 21, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky due to melanoma. He was 82.
Louisville is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th most-populous city in the United States. It is one of two cities in Kentucky designated as first-class, the other being Lexington, the state's second-largest city. Louisville is the historical seat and, since 2003, the nominal seat of Jefferson County, on the Indiana border.
Melanoma, also known as malignant melanoma, is a type of cancer that develops from the pigment-containing cells known as melanocytes. Melanomas typically occur in the skin, but may rarely occur in the mouth, intestines, or eye. In women, they most commonly occur on the legs, while in men they are most common on the back. Sometimes they develop from a mole with changes such as an increase in size, irregular edges, change in color, itchiness, or skin breakdown.
Aristides (1872–1893) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that won the first Kentucky Derby in 1875.
Robert B. "Bob" Lewis was an American businessman who owned a number of champion Thoroughbred racehorses during the 1990s and 2000s.
Lucas Martin "Luke" Kruytbosch was an American Thoroughbred horse racing announcer. He was best known as the on-track public-address voice of Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby from 1999 until his death. He also called races at Turf Paradise, Ellis Park Racecourse, Kentucky Downs, Hollywood Park, Sunland Park, Northlands Park and Ruidoso Downs during his career.
Donald MacBeth was a Canadian jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing.
Steven Mark Asmussen is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. He is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2016. His horses have won the Breeders' Cup Classic, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Breeders' Cup Distaff, Kentucky Oaks and Dubai World Cup.
Kenneth G. McPeek is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.
Master Derby was an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 1975 Preakness Stakes.
Bold Venture, was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
General Quarters is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who was a contender for the 2009 U.S. Triple Crown. He was sired by Sky Mesa, winner of the 2002 Grade I Hopeful Stakes, a son of the 1997 Blue Grass Stakes winner, Pulpit. His dam is Ecology, a daughter of the 1995 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, Unbridled's Song.
Clyde Van Dusen (1926–1948) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and the winner of the 1929 Kentucky Derby.
Neil Steere McCarthy was an American corporate and film industry lawyer, and a Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder.
Homer Chesley Pardue was an American trainer and owner of Thoroughbred racehorses.
Ballydoyle was a Thoroughbred racehorse who sold for a record-setting $3.5 million as a Yearling in 1981. He showed average ability on the racecourse, winning one race in Ireland as a two-year-old.
The ownership of California Chrome during his racing career was held by two entities. The first was DAP Racing, a horse racing partnership between Perry Martin from Yuba City, California, and Steve Coburn of Topaz Lake, Nevada, along with their spouses, Denise Martin and Carolyn Coburn. DAP stands for "Dumb Ass Partners"—a tongue-in-cheek response to a passerby who questioned their wisdom in purchasing the partnership's first racehorse, the mare Love the Chase, who became the dam of 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, her first foal. Coburn owned a 30% interest in the horse and in July 2015 sold his share to Taylor Made Farm. Following the sale, Martins and Taylor Made each sold "a few" shares in the stallion to "select breeders who would support the horse," forming the ownership syndicate California Chrome, LLC. The DAP partnership had jointly owned other horses, including California Chrome's full siblings and his dam, Love the Chase.
Robert Tucker was a trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses best known for winning the 1905 Kentucky Derby and the Tennessee Derby with the colt Agile for owner Samuel S. Brown.
Donald Lawrence "Don" Meade was an American jockey. Called the "Bad Boy" of the sport by Time magazine because of his numerous suspensions and fines, he is widely know to this day as a result of his win on Brokers Tip in the 1933 Kentucky Derby.
Henry Ernest McDaniel was an American Hall of Fame and national Champion trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses. He was the brother of trainer William Lee McDaniel. Their father was the prominent New Jersey trainer Col. David McDaniel who won three straight editions of the Belmont Stakes and who bred horses at his Stony Brook stud farm at Princeton, New Jersey.
William E. Applegate was an American turfman, involved in the horse racing industry for over fifty years. He was known as a bookmaker, breeder, racer and track owner. At one time, Applegate was owner of Churchill Downs, Latonia and one of the builders of Oakley Racetrack in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Maximum Security is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the Florida Derby and Haskell Invitational Stakes in 2019. He is trained by Jason Servis for breeders and owners Gary and Mary West. Maximum Security finished first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but was disqualified for interference.
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