11/18/2016 6:35PM

General Quarters sold, will continue stallion career in Turkey

Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs
General Quarters, shown training in 2011.

Grade 1 winner General Quarters, who was sold to bloodstock agent Omer Aydin for $50,000 on Friday at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, will continue his stallion career in Turkey.

The 10-year-old son of Sky Mesa previously resided at Crestwood Farm in Lexington, Ky., where he was advertised for a fee of $5,000. He debuted at HallMarc Stallions in Florida for the 2012 breeding season before moving to Kentucky in 2014.

Aydin said the Turkish breeding program’s respect for the U.S. product was a large factor in the purchase of General Quarters, noting that the country has stood Kentucky Derby winners Strike the Gold and Sea Hero, as well as notable stallions Lion Heart, Victory Gallop, and Unaccounted For.

“I think this horse will work in Turkey because he won races both on the dirt and the turf, so we are hoping to benefit from him,” he said. “The American horse has a big influence on the improvement of racehorses. I like European racing, actually, but I believe U.S. Thoroughbreds are the best.”

Bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. David Randal, General Quarters was a $20,000 purchase by Ken and Sarah Ramsey out of the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale. He was claimed in his debut start at Churchill Downs for $20,000 by retired teacher Tom McCarthy, who campaigned the horse for the rest of his career as owner and trainer. McCarthy died in July at age 82.

General Quarters won four of 27 lifetime starts for earnings of $1,226,655, highlighted by wins in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes, as well as the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes. He placed in four additional graded stakes, and ran in the 2009 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

He has sired two crops of racing age, with 15 winners and combined progeny earnings of $588,442. His only black-type earner is Mia Torri, who finished second in this year’s Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks.

General Quarters was the first foal out of the unplaced Unbridled’s Song mare Ecology, whose five winners from six runners also includes Japanese multiple Group 2 winner A Shin Top and stakes-placed New Wave. He is from the family of Grade 2 winner Unitarian and Grade/Group 3 winners Honoria and Strict Compliance.

Pope McLean’s Crestwood Farm consigned General Quarters at the Keeneland November sale, as agent.