Princeville wins Diliberto; General Quarters second in return
Off as the 7-1 seventh choice among 10 betting interests, Princeville Condo paid $16.80, $8.40 and $6 and increased his lifetime earnings to $172,670 with his sixth career victory. Pick Six (Dynaformer) closed from last for runner-up honors as the 9-2 second choice as part of an entry, and it was a length back to 23-1 outsider Swains News (Swain [Ire]), who held for third after setting early fractions of :24 4/5, :50 2/5, 1:15 1/5 and 1:41 1/5.
"We'll keep him here for the season and keep going with the turf stakes series here," said Geier, who will eventually turn the horse back over to Boyce.
Earlier on the program, Blue Grass (G1) winner and Triple Crown veteran GENERAL QUARTERS (Sky Mesa) returned to the races with a half-length second to the heavily-favored Tempo Five (Five Star Day) in a six-furlong allowance/optional claiming test. Unraced since a ninth in the Preakness (G1), the gray colt pressed the pace before being outfinished late by the Tom Amoss-trained winner. Tempo Five, who was exiting a good second to Euroears (Langfuhr) in the Thanksgiving H., stopped the teletimer over the fast track in 1:10 2/5 with jockey James Graham, notching his first stakes win in the process. The 3-5 choice returned $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10.
General Quarters, who is owned and trained by 76-year-old former high school principal Tom McCarthy, also captured the Sam F. Davis S. (G3) earlier this season and finished second in both the Pasco S. and Inaugural S. He was 10th of 19 runners in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
"This race today was too short for him," said Jose Riquelme, who rode General Quarters for the first time on Saturday. "He needs two turns."
The $75,000 Louisiana H. on January 23, the Mineshaft H. (G3) on February 20 and the New Orleans H. (G2) on March 27 are all possible targets for General Quarters.
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