Country House won't run in Preakness

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Trainer Bill Mott said Tuesday the long-shot victor of horse racing's biggest event was no longer being considered to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown after it looked as if Country House was getting sick. He remains in Louisville. "His appetite is good". He doesn't have a fever. "If that jock (Flavien Prat) wasn't smart and saw there was something going on at the head of the stretch and figured he could get pushed up, if he doesn't claim foul, the official sign is going up".

Bourbon War, fourth in the Grade I Florida Derby in his most recent start, is likely for the Preakness, trainer Mark Hennig said.

Country House went off at 65-1 in the Derby and was credited with the victory following the disqualification of race victor Maximum Security.

The horse's absence at the Preakness - the first leg of the Triple Crown - means there won't be a third Triple Crown victor in five years. "I don't think he minds that". Country House was named the victor of the Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security was disqualified. 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.

Since then, 11 of the 22 Preakness races have been won by the Kentucky Derby victor.

The Preakness Stakes are scheduled for Saturday, May 18, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

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Regardless of how it went down, Country House is the Derby victor.

On Monday, Gary West, the owner of Maximum Security, had said his colt wouldn't run in the Preakness.

"When you see what happens and after you do your homework, it's probably the right call", Bravo said.

Beyond the Triple Crown, NBC Sports broadcasts some of the most important and prestigious events in all of horse racing. In the latest news released by horse racing experts, this year's edition of the "Run for the Roses" will be attended by strongest three-year-old thoroughbred races in the region.

Maximum Security led the Kentucky Derby virtually wire-to-wire on Saturday. American Pharoah's ended a 37-year run without a Triple Crown victor going back to Affirmed, who won all three races in 1978.

"I think this is something that's big enough that the entire racing world is looking at this, and I think they deserve an opportunity to really know what was going on", West said. "We will monitor him and he's off the training list".

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