Country House out of Preakness

Even the allure of a prospective Triple Crown will not be enough to get Kentucky Derby winner Country House to the Preakness Stakes.

Country House, Maximum Security
Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from the Daily Racing Form, Country House has been pulled from the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown due to illness.
Country House won the Derby last Saturday when Maximum Security, who had crossed the finish line first, was disqualified.
Trainer Bill Mott said Tuesday that Country House started to show signs of becoming ill at Churchill Downs.
“He developed a little bit of a cough this morning,” Mott said in a phone interview with DRF. “His appetite is good. He doesn’t have a fever. But he’s coughing. We drew blood. He’s acting like he’s going to get sick. He’s off the training list, and if he’s off the training list he’s off the Preakness list.
“It’s probably a little viral thing,” Mott said. “Hopefully it doesn’t develop into anything serious. Usually when something like this happens a horse misses a couple weeks of training. He’s not seriously sick right now. But he’s showing indications that something is going on.”
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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