Bill Mott, the trainer of Kentucky Derby victor Country House, said on Tuesday that his colt wouldn't be at Pimlico on May 18. "He was coughing this morning so we had blood work done and got right on it.
So, to them it probably seems as though the best horse lost the race", Mott said. "He's acting like he's going to get sick", Mott was quoted as saying.
Country House won the Derby last Saturday when Maximum Security, who had crossed the finish line first, was disqualified.
And Tuesday's announcement that he won't run in the Preakness, ending any chance this year of another Triple Crown victor, likely won't elevate his profile. Country House was a 65-1 longshot to win the Kentucky Derby. West's horse, and not mine nor my jockey Tyler Gaffalione, denied him the Derby victory and it is wrong for him to deflect blame anywhere else.
FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, Flavien Prat on Country House reacts after the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Country House, a long shot with 65-1 odds, was then declared the victor. "Acknowledging the horse's removal from Triple Crown consideration because of the disqualification, the owner said there is "really no need" to run a horse back in two weeks". Maximum Security's team claimed there wasn't a lot of evidence.
As I said earlier, though, but how much did they win? "I don't think he minds that".
A tired Maximum Security arrived Tuesday at Monmouth Park, where his trainer plans to race the colt in the $1 million Haskell Invitational in July.
The Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of the U.S. Triple Crown Series, will grace on May 18 in the dirt track of Pimlico Park.
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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday denied an appeal by Maximum Security's owners over their horse's disqualification in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. That's about $9 million that bettors lost after their horse was the first to make it across the finish line. This what makes Roadster earn his ticket to the Kentucky Derby and his trainer Baffert will also let him partake the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Even his Derby performance was a surprise.