Country House out of Preakness after horse shows signs of illness

11 May, 2019, 06:58 | Author: Isabel Grant
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Country Horse is the first Kentucky Derby victor not to enter the Preakness since Grindstone in 1996.

American Pharoah and Justify won Triple Crowns in 2015 and 2018, respectively.

This year's Arkansas Derby crown was won by Omaha Beach, who will graciously appear in the Triple Crown showdown (including the Preakness Stakes).

The chestnut colt, who was tapped as the Kentucky Derby victor following a disqualification of Maximum Security, won't be running in the May 18 Preakness State, according to his trainer, William Mott.

War of Will (War Front)'s owner Gary Barber issued a press release Tuesday night in response to what he says are claims Gary West made on Fox News accusing War of Will of causing the interference in Saturday's Kentucky Derby that led to Maximum Security (New Year's Day)'s disqualification.

Mott told Jay Privman the horse "developed a little bit of a cough". "His appetite is good", Mott said. He doesn't have a fever. But he's coughing. We drew blood. "Other than that, he doesn't actually act sick". On Monday, trainer Jason Servis announced that Maximum Security would also skip the Preakness.

"He told me this horse had a chance to be in the Kentucky Derby, depending on how it did in some races leading up to it", Timson said.

Is Country House really getting sick, or is this simply a cover for what the trainer wanted to do in the first place?

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Maximum Security #7, ridden by jockey Luis Saez crosses the finish line during 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on May 4, 2019.

Regardless of how it went down, Country House is the Derby victor.

With Country House out of the Preakness Stakes, this means that there will not be a Triple Crown victor this year. Now that opportunity has been lost. The third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, will be June 8 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. This is beyond winning the Kentucky Derby. The dollar amounts in play were nowhere near back breaking, as even though the Kentucky Derby is popular, it doesn't come remotely close to something like the Super Bowl or the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

In the most famous horse race in the world, the favorite, Maximum Security, was the first horse to cross the finish line. The Preakness Stakes, the second round of the Triple Crown, is set for May 18.

"I agree with the stewards 100 percent", Guilfoil said.

But not everyone is going to be upset by these results.

The winner's share of this year's Kentucky Derby purse was $1.86 million.

This is one of the strongest pre-derby races, which has produced a lot of Triple Crown holders.



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