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Saturday, May 2, 2009
My Derby Pick
I have a truly scientific way of picking my Kentucky Derby horse - I always bet on the gray horse or the filly. This year it will be #12, General Quarters.
At age 75, Tom McCarthy, a retired biology teacher and high school principal, on the fringes of horse racing for five decades, has his Derby horse. McCarthy claimed General Quarters - a gorgeous gray colt - last year for $20,000, and the colt has already won the prestigious Blue Grass Stakes, which earned McCarthy $460,000. Before General Quarters, the trainer had career earnings of $229,020.
There is one very strong factor that could given General Quarters an edge: That's the weather. With a 70 percent chance of rain and a sloppy track, General Quarters is one of only a handful of horses that has performed well on muddy tracks.
Isn't he beautiful? And he loves the slop! A gray horse that can run on an off track - what could be better?
I am a married mother of 3 grown daughters and I have 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. I currently have a gardening column in the Sunday's Advocate Messenger and I freelance for Kentucky Monthly magazine and Examiner.com.