Country House, the 65-1 longshot who was handed a Kentucky Derby victory by disqualification, will not run in the May 18 Preakness Stakes because of a developing illness, the first time in 23 years that the Derby winner will not compete for the second jewel in the Triple Crown.
Kentucky Derby notebook: He’s the Derby contender Bob Baffert claims to fear most, and you could have bought him for $16,000 the week before Christmas. Maximum Security has galloped one of the most unlikely paths to this year’s Derby starting gate.
Kentucky Derby notebook: Trainer Mark Casse has retained his faith in War of Will through a poor final prep performance and a tough draw for Saturday's race. Meanwhile, jockey Mike Smith looks for a ride after Omaha Beach's scratch.
With morning-line favorite Omaha Beach out of the Kentucky Derby, rival trainers forecast a wide-open scramble among top contenders. Meanwhile, the scratched favorite's trainer, Richard Mandella, licked his wounds from an epic disappointment.
Pimlico, Laurel Park and other tracks to phase out Lasix, an anti-bleeding medication. Tracks signing onto the initiative also include Churchill Downs and Belmont Park, hosts of the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, respectively