Published 1: 56 p.m. ET May 7, 2019| Updated 10: 08 p.m. ET May 7, 2019
After being declared the winner of the Kentucky Derby by disqualification, Country House will not run in the Preakness since of illness, ending any opportunity of a Triple Crown effort this year.
Fitness instructor Costs Mott stated Tuesday the long-shot winner of horse racing’s greatest occasion was no longer being considered to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown after it looked as if Nation Home was getting sick. After the horse began coughing, which Mott called uncommon, blood work showed he was harboring some sort of virus.
” Hopefully just rest and a little time is going to be what the physician ordered,” Mott informed The Associated Press. “Besides that, he does not actually act ill. He’s sort of a huge, hard horse, but there’s signs that things are not going in the right direction with him.”
Country Home was elevated to the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Derby in careless conditions Saturday after Optimum Security was disqualified for hampering other horses. His absence at the Preakness suggests there will not be a possibility for the sport to have a Triple Crown winner for the 3rd time in five years. Bob Baffert-trained Justify and American Pharoah have each won it given that 2015.
Nation Horse is the first Kentucky Derby winner not to enter the Preakness because Grindstone in1996 Grindstone, who was found to have bone chips in among his knees, was the first Derby winner to be retired immediately after that race since Bubbling Over in 1926.
Due To The Fact That of how the Kentucky Derby went, Mott stated he and those around the horse were not as disappointed as they would’ve been under typical scenarios.
” I guess it’s been an unusual trip anyway,” Mott stated of his first Derby success. “I do not think it hit any of us as tough as what it might have. I believe we’re grateful to have the win we had and hopefully he bounces back for some races in the future.”
Country Home joins Maximum Security in avoiding the Preakness.
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The 1 3/16- mile Preakness is May 18 at Pimlico in Baltimore. Though shorter than the Kentucky Derby, the race requires a fast two-week turn-around. Maximum Security owner Gary West didn’t wish to concern his colt with the Triple Crown off the table.
West on Monday appealed the decision to disqualify the horse from the Derby, which was rapidly declined by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission due to the fact that the stewards’ choice isn’t based on appeal.
Nation Home was 65 -1 to win the Derby, the second-longest chances in the 145- year history of the race. It was the very first time the horse who crossed the goal first was not stated the winner.
With trainer Mark Casse’s War of Will and other contenders expected to enter the Preakness, Country Home likely would not have actually been preferred to win. Even his Derby performance was a surprise.
” I believed he showed fantastic enhancement from his previous race,” Mott stated. “Even his running, he was up in the race, he appeared like a different horse the first half of the race.”
In a statement, the Maryland Jockey Club and The Stronach Group that owns Pimlico said Country House not running “doesn’t remove from the excitement” which they anticipate more interest from owners and trainers to go into the race.
While the stakes barn behind Pimlico will not have a Derby champ for the very first time in more than twenty years, Mott stated Country House is a possibility to run in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes in New York City on June 8. Keeping him out of the Preakness, however, was a no-brainer for the 65- year-old trainer.
” I have actually never liked training a horse that’s provided an indication that he’s sick,” Mott said. “We will monitor him and he’s off the training list.”
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