Kentucky Derby victor Country House will not run Preakness Stakes, report says

Kentucky Derby victor Country House will not run Preakness Stakes, report says

Bob Baffert which is a Hall of Fame Trainer is always a consistent victor in Santa Anita Derby and most colts joining this race will head on to Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He remains in Louisville. "His appetite is good", Mott said. He doesn't have a fever. But he's coughing. We drew blood. I don't feel like we've got any pressure to go other than the fact that the Derby victor usually goes to the Preakness and people are looking forward to seeing him there. On Monday, trainer Jason Servis announced that Maximum Security would also skip the Preakness.

Mott's announcement means there will be no Triple Crown victor in 2019 after Justify pulled off the feat previous year and American Pharoah did it in 2015.

So much for the thinking that Country House would validate his controversial Kentucky Derby triumph in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

The only bigger long shot in the Kentucky Derby's history to win was Donerail at 91-to-1 odds in 1913.

Maximum Security finished first in the 145th Run for the Roses, 1 3/4 lengths in front of Country House.


It has been more than 20 years since a Derby victor skipped the Preakness, with Grindstone ruled out in 1996 due to a bone chip in his knee.

And Tuesday's announcement that he won't run in the Preakness, ending any chance this year of another Triple Crown victor, likely won't elevate his profile. Ultimately, Country House remained and won the Kentucky Derby. Though Mott understood the significance of running the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, he noted that it would have marked the colt's fourth race in eight weeks.

Saez has not spoken to the media since race day, but during the broadcast said Maximum Security "ducked out a little" after hearing the roar of the crowd, 150,00 strong, at the turn for home. I am not a racing guy, so I couldn't tell you the exact rules, but I do know that while there will naturally be some contact between horses in a race, there is some contact and there are some moves that are not permitted for safety reasons.

Given the fact that most Kentucky Derby winners will take part in running for the upcoming Preakness, determining the possible Preakness victor will still entail a hard task to do.

The 2019 Preakness Stakes is set for Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

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