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I can’t think of a good reason to watch the Preakness now

With interest in horse racing as high as it has been in a long time (thanks, controversy!), the sport’s next big race is very un-interesting.

Horse racing’s two biggest stars at the moment — Maximum Security and Country House — will both skip the second leg of the Triple Crown, each for different reasons. Maximum Security sees no reason to rush into another race without a Triple Crown on the line, while Country House’s owner announced Tuesday that Country House has a cough and will sit out the Preakness Stakes.

Now I know very little about owning, training, riding or being a horse, so I will be careful with my criticism here…. but a cough? Country House is skipping the Preakness over a cough? How can the Derby winner bail on the Preakness over something a little NyQuil and a good nap during a Netflix marathon will easily cure? Forgive me for calling a thoroughbred horse soft but the Derby winner has to run in the Preakness. It’s like a rule I think. He owes it to the game. Champion horses run. They don’t take a sick day.

But no, Country House bowed out of its Triple Crown chase with a cold. With everyone eager to see how Country House will run in a follow-up to its controversial Derby win, Preakness fans instead get (insert the name of the other horses because I don’t know any other horses). Country House isn’t taking a chance. No flu game for the Derby winner. Not even going to attempt a ’97 Michael Jordan Game 5 performance.

And now nobody cares about the Preakness. If either Maximum Security or Country House were running, the casual observer would tune in to see how they respond. With neither making the trip to Pimlico, I can think of a billion other things to do on Saturday, May 18 at 6:48 p.m.

Good for Country House on the victory though. I’m still a fan, I completely agreed with the objection, and I can’t hate on the lifetime of horse sex he has ahead of him. So much horse sex in his future. It’s just too bad he won’t even attempt the Triple Crown. Horse racing had a huge opportunity and a horse cough will destroy its ratings and public interest in two Saturdays.

Maybe we’ll get Maximum Security’s redemption run at the Belmont? What about a 1-on-1 at Churchill Downs on pay-per-view?

(Editor’s note: I’m kind of kidding about the cough because I don’t know what I am talking about but I am all the way serious about the Preakness sucking now and about all of the Country House sex.)

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

20 Comments for I can’t think of a good reason to watch the Preakness now



  1. Ridge Runner
    8:54 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

    No reason to watch.. agreed.



    • josephMD
      11:17 am May 8, 2019 Permalink

      If favorable odds isn’t a good reasons to bet/watch on the race then you probably shouldn’t.

      It’s similar to how I keep finding less and less reason to look at this website. Drew you admittedly don’t know anything about horse racing so stick with pointless top ten tweets and shamelessly promoting your restaurant.



    • njCat
      11:37 am May 8, 2019 Permalink

      Sounds like someone’s got a stick jammed somewhere it not ought to be. Jeez



  2. ClutchCargo
    9:09 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

    Come to think of it, watching to see how the Derby winner would do is the only reason I have ever cared at all about the Preakness and Belmont.



    • unbridled
      12:14 am May 8, 2019 Permalink

      The Preakness is a silly race anyway. Country house had two quick turn arounds prior to the derby and he isn’t a horse built for a mile and an 1/8th. He should rest up and return like s champion in the mile and a 1/2 Belmont. Good decision by bill mott.



    • CahillsCrossingNT
      6:38 am May 8, 2019 Permalink

      The Preakness is 1 3/16 miles, not 1 1/8 miles.



    • unbridled
      10:15 am May 8, 2019 Permalink

      I stand corrected.



  3. StillBP
    9:36 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

    I thought betting was a hobby of yours. That typically makes it interesting enough to watch.



  4. gasman01
    9:39 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

    With no standout, should be a decent betting race.



  5. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    10:29 pm May 7, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not sure about horses, but with top bulls they don’t get all the sex you would imagine. They get an electrode shoved up their pooper and ejaculate into containers so their genetics can be spread through artificial insemination. Technology….

  6. There ever was a reason to watch horse racing?



  7. bobbyneckbrace
    1:53 am May 8, 2019 Permalink

    Flavien Prat must have sprained his labia…



  8. Al B. Frank
    8:46 am May 8, 2019 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure I heard that the “official” 2nd place Derby horse, Code of Honor, will be skipping the Preakness as well. So, another reason to skip it.