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Bill Mott

Derby winner Country House won't run in the Preakness Stakes, in another blow to Pimlico

Derby winner Country House won't run in the Preakness Stakes, in another blow to Pimlico

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.

“He developed a little bit of a cough this morning,” trainer Bill Mott told the Daily Racing Form on Tuesday. “His 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’s announcement means there will be no Triple Crown winner in 2019....