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General Quarters exits Arlington 'Cap with ankle problem

General Quarters will undergo X-rays (Four Footed Fotos)
A couple of hours after finishing sixth in Saturday's Arlington H. (G3), Tom McCarthy's GENERAL QUARTERS (Sky Mesa) was showing some discomfort in his left front, alternating from heel to toe as he stood otherwise placidly in his stall.

Although by Sunday morning the handsome gray colt was standing flatfooted once more some 10 minutes before being loaded on a van back to Louisville, Kentucky, owner-trainer McCarthy confirmed that there was a problem which will rule him out of the August 21 Arlington Million (G1).

"He came up with a bum ankle," McCarthy said. "The jock (Rafael Bejarano) said he thought the ground was too hard for him, but the ankle was probably already bothering him during the race. 

"I thought we'd be a long time cooling him out after the race because it was such a hot, muggy day, so I drove my wife back to the hotel (adjacent to Arlington) right after the race and came right back to the track while (trainer) Cory (Patton) hot walked him.

"By the time I got back 10 minutes later, Cory already had him cooled out. So that means the horse didn't even try.

"We'll take some X-rays when we get him home to see what they show," McCarthy said, "but I would say the Arlington Million is out. To try and come back in five weeks is too quick for us, even if nothing shows up on the X-rays."

General Quarters, who captured the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) two starts back, was an honorable third to Blame (Arch) back on the main track in the June 12 Stephen Foster H. (G1) last time.

The winner of the 2009 Blue Grass S. (G1) and Sam F. Davis S. (G3), General Quarters has compiled a record of 20-4-7-2, $1,140,380.


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