General Quarters Pulls Upset At Blue Grass Stakes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - General Quarters is heading home to the
Kentucky Derby.
The 3-year-old colt overtook pacesetter Join in the Dance at the
top of the stretch, then held off favorite Hold Me Back by 1½
lengths to win the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at
General Quarters, owned and trained by retired Louisville
educator Thomas McCarthy and ridded by Eibar Coa, covered the 1 1/8
miles on Keeneland's Polytrack in 1:49.26 and paid $30.60, $11 and
Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane's End three weeks ago, rallied
six wide in the stretch but couldn't reel in General Quarters in
the final yards and paid $4.20 and $3.00. Massone was third and
paid $7.20 in one of the final prep races for next month's Derby.

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