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Country House will NOT run in the Preakness

Jamie Rhodes, USA TODAY Sports

Jamie Rhodes, USA TODAY Sports

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.


Article written by Maggie Davis

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9 Comments for Country House will NOT run in the Preakness

  1. cats646
    1:32 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

    If I was in charge of the Preakness I’d be pissed lol. There goes their ratings.

  2. Keith Biggins
    1:54 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

    Do any horse racing people know the last time the Kentucky Derby winner didnt run in the Preakness? I cant think of one

  3. wes720
    2:09 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

    Chicken !^?\

  4. vkcjsf34
    2:10 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

    I say a 1 vs. 1 duel

  5. Ridge Runner
    3:34 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

    Luckiest horse around getting out while he can? -My first thought after reading the headline.

  6. unbridled
    12:22 am May 8, 2019 Permalink

    Good decision by trainer Mott. County house isn’t built for the shorter Preakness. The Belmont is more his style. Hopefully he gets a clean bill of health and is ready to run in New York.