There will be no Triple Crown this year in horse racing. Country House, the winner of a controversial Kentucky Derby, will not race in the Preakness Stakes later this month.
The news comes courtesy of Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman, who spoke with Country House’s trainer Bill Mott. According to Mott, the horse has been “acting like he’s going to get sick.”
Since winning the Kentucky Derby following a replay review on Saturday, Country House has remained at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.
“He developed a little bit of a cough this morning,” Mott told Privman. “He 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.”
BREAKING NEWS: Country House out of Preakness, per Mott, who said he's coughing, "acting like he's going to get sick" https://t.co/c4gBLBHRWI
— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) May 7, 2019
Maximum Security, which appeared to win the Kentucky Derby before being disqualified, also won’t be running in the upcoming Preakness Stakes.
The 2019 Preakness Stakes is set for Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. As usual, it is the second of the three major American races, followed by the Belmont Stakes in June.
Justify won the 2018 Preakness en route to earning the Triple Crown. American Pharaoh won the Triple Crown back in 2015, becoming the first horse to do so since Affirmed in 1978.