This year’s controversial Derby winner will not try its luck at the Triple Crown. Country House is apparently coughing and “acting like he’s going to get sick,” according to the horse’s trainer, Bill Mott. He added Country House is 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 – hopefully, it doesn’t develop into anything serious,” Mott said. “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.”
Maximum Security’s team has also said their horse will not participate in the Preakness – which will take place Saturday, May 18 – but the Country House news officially extinguishes any lingering hope for a rematch.
The folks at NBC Sports, which is set to broadcast the Preakness, can’t be happy about the latest developments – I can literally see the ratings dropping.