‘Need To Give Him A Rest’: Country House Won’t Race Again In 2019

by | 06.16.2019 | 12:18pm
Country House at Churchill Downs the day after the Kentucky Derby

Trainer Bill Mott told drf.com that the 2019 Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not race again this season, because he has been unhappy with the colt's progress since being moved up via the historic disqualification of Maximum Security on the first Saturday in May.

Country House was originally ruled out of the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes due to a minor illness, which was treated at the clinic. The 3-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky resumed training at Churchill Downs several weeks ago, then shipped North to Saratoga.

“We're just going to give him a little extra time,” said Mott, adding that the owners intend to race Country House as a 4-year-old. “We brought him back, and he was happy. When we began seriously training, he wasn't as eager to begin his work. I think we just need to give him a rest.”

After breaking his maiden in come-from-behind fashion at Gulfstream in January, Country House ran second in the G2 Risen Star, fourth in the G2 Louisiana Derby and third in the G1 Arkansas Derby. His record stands at two wins from seven starts, with earnings of $2.1 million.

Read more at drf.com.

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