06/16/2010 12:00AM

General Quarters will prep in Arlington Cap


Tom McCarthy and his one-horse stable, General Quarters, will show up at Arlington Park sooner rather than later, if all goes well in the next three weeks or so. McCarthy, who owns and trains General Quarters, has long been pointing the 4-year-old to the Arlington Million, and General Quarters will prep for the Million in the Arlington Handicap on July 17, McCarthy said Monday evening.

General Quarters came out of his third-place finish behind Blame and Battle Plan in the Stephen Foster on Saturday in satisfactory physical condition, although that wasn't apparent immediately after the race, which was contested on a sweltering afternoon.

"He just got so hot," McCarthy said. Jockey Alex Solis "told me at the sixteenth pole that he could feel the difference with him. It took us over 2 1/2 hours to get him cooled out. But he ate all his supper, ate all his breakfast the next day, and he seems fine. I'll give him another few days off to recuperate."

McCarthy said he wanted General Quarters to get in a gallop over the Arlington grass course before racing in the Arlington Handicap, and will probably ship General Quarters here from Louisville several days before the race. General Quarters won the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill in his only grass start since 2008.