After all the drama in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, there will be no Triple Crown bid for the 65-1 winner put up by disqualification. The Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman reported Tuesday that Country House has been taken out of consideration for the Preakness Stakes because trainer Bill Mott believes the horse is getting sick.
“He developed a little bit of a cough this morning,” Mott told Privman. “He appetite is good. He doesn't have a fever. But he's coughing. We drew blood. He's acting like he's going to get sick. He's off the training list, and if he's off the training list he's off the Preakness list.
Mott said he believes it's likely a small viral issue and the horse isn't seriously ill but is showing signs he might be developing something. He said potential illnesses like this one generally keep a horse out of a training for a couple of weeks.
The Preakness Stakes is set to be run May 18 at Pimlico Race Course.
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