Country House won't run in Preakness

Country House won't run in Preakness

The last Derby victor to skip the Preakness was Grindstone, who missed the second jewel of the Triple Crown in 1996 because of a bone chip in his right knee.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott confirmed reports May 7 that Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve victor Country House will miss the May 19 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course because he has developed a cough and seems to be harboring a virus.

Maximum Security, who led the Derby from wire to wire and crossed the finish line 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Country House, was disqualified for interference while turning for home. Officials decided that Maximum Security impacted the progress of War of Will, which in turn interfered with Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress.

"He's off the training list and will miss the Preakness", Mott said about the son of Lookin At Lucky, who is still stabled at Churchill Downs.

According to Privman, trainer Bill Mott said Tuesday that Country House has "developed a little bit of a cough".

"He doesn't have a fever". He's off the training list, and if he's off the training list he's off the Preakness list.

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Mott added that Country House's illness is "probably a little viral thing" and that the horse is "not seriously sick right now". However, the race stewards ruled that Maximum Security had improperly impeded several horses and disqualified him.

The Preakness Stakes are scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is May 18 in Baltimore, and it remains to be seen if the Kentucky Derby victor will race.

Court pointed out that the infraction was between two of the race's youngest riders, Luis Saez (27) and Tyler Gaffalione (24), and he believes that other riders took unnecessary chances during the running of the 145th Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert-trained Justify and American Pharoah have each won it since 2015.

The co-owner of Maximum Security says his horse will not run in the Preakness following Saturday's disqualification; analysis from crisis management consultant Eric Dezenhall. It was the first time the horse who crossed the finish line first was not declared the victor.

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