Horse Trainer's Kentucky Derby Hopes

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Thomas McCarthy is a retired high school principal who has owned and trained a handful of thoroughbred racehorses over the past 50 years. He has never had much success. His horses rarely finished in the money, and the only way he could get into the Kentucky Derby was to go to Churchill Downs from his Louisville home and buy a ticket.

He won't have to do that this year. When the starting gates for this year's Derby spring open, Thomas McCarthy will have his eyes fixed on General Quarters, the 3-year-old colt that he has lovingly trained himself.

Guest host David Greene speaks to the independent trainer about the derby and his horse.



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