The official Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been ruled out of the G1 Belmont Stakes, according to the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Bill Mott confirmed that the 3-year-old had been sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington after becoming slightly ill earlier this week.
“We sent him to the clinic to get thoroughly checked out,” Mott said. “He'll have a tracheal wash, they'll make sure he's being treated with the proper antibiotics, make sure whatever bacteria is in there is being properly dealt with. He seems to be responding well. It's not an emergency. We just wanted to get him over there and get him examined.”
Mott expects Country House to miss just a week or two of training, but added “we don't have to rush” because there are a lot of good races later in the summer and fall seasons.
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