Bred: Hare Forest Farm (Ky.)
Sire: Roman Ruler
Dam: Dynamite Eyes, by Dynaformer
A winner in his first start, General a Rod finished second in an optional claimer in his second start as a 2-year-old but avenged that loss with a win in the Gulfstream Park Derby, his first stakes attempt.
In his graded stakes debut, General a Rod came up a head short against Wildcat Red in the Fountain of Youth Stakes on Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park. He then ran third in the Florida Derby and 11th in the Kentucky Derby after a poor trip.
General a Rod exited the Derby well and finished fourth, a head behind Social Inclusion, in the Preakness Stakes.