Kentucky Derby Winner Announces Decision On The Preakness

Country House out of Preakness Stakes in Triple Crown debacle

Kentucky Derby victor Country House will not run in the Preakness Stakes, trainer Bill Mott told CNN on Tuesday, meaning that there will be no Triple Crown victor this year.

"Usually when something like this happens a horse misses a couple weeks of training, " Mott told the Daily Racing Form. He is hopeful the illness isn't anything serious.

"He's off the training list and will miss the Preakness", Mott said about the son of Lookin At Lucky, who is still stabled at Churchill Downs.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission didn't take long to deny the appeal of Maximum Security's disqualification as Kentucky Derby victor for interference, saying hours after it was filed Monday that the stewards' decision is not subject to appeal.

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It is the first time a Derby victor has been disqualified because of a foul on the track. "He's not seriously sick right now". Maximum Security had led start-to-finish and Country House finished second before the former was disqualified.

West said he was disappointed by the KHRC decision, but added the matter is not settled.

The Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is May 18 in Baltimore, and it remains to be seen if the Kentucky Derby victor will race. "He ran a really good and a really hard race on Saturday". Country House was declared the victor.

"We are going to file a lawsuit in the appropriate jurisdiction", West said. Though shorter than the Kentucky Derby, the race requires a quick two-week turnaround. Bob Baffert-trained Justify and American Pharoah have each won it since 2015. The Triple Crown includes wins at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah's ended a 37-year run without a Triple Crown victor going back to Affirmed, who won all three races in 1978.

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