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He remains in Louisville.

"He appetite is good", Mott told Privman. He doesn't have a fever.

Trainer Bill Mott said the horse coughing and his blood profile is not normal. "Other than that, he doesn't actually act sick".

Country House was elevated to the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby in sloppy conditions Saturday after Maximum Security was disqualified for impeding other horses.

"I think he ran very well", Baffert told Pimlico media staff Tuesday. Maximum Security was disqualified and placed seventeenth, elevating Long Range Toddy to sixteenth in the official order of finish. Worth noting is there might be mightier entries who will take part in Preakness who didn't join in the Kentucky Derby, which will make the betting game more exciting and interesting. Though shorter than the Kentucky Derby, the race requires a quick two-week turnaround.

"We anticipate an outstanding group of horses who will race in this year's Preakness Stakes, and we anticipate there will be more interest from owners and trainers, who have until Wednesday, May 15 to make a final decision on whether to race".

Regardless of how it went down, Country House is the Derby victor.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday denied an appeal from the owner of Maximum Security, the horse that made history by being disqualified from Saturday's Kentucky Derby for a rules infraction. "I went back and watched the entire race and noticed that we were bothered not just in the main event, but we were herded prior to that".

Country House's status for the the Belmont Stakes (June 8) hasn't been announced.

"You get shamed into it", Mott said. Though Mott understood the significance of running the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, he noted that it would have marked the colt's fourth race in eight weeks.

"Having the Derby victor, you're pretty much forced to go into the Preakness", Mott said to reporters outside his barn at Churchill Downs. But he acknowledged the race's importance and added, "The challenge of the Triple Crown is that there's three races really close together, and it takes a champion". Keeping him out of the Preakness, though, was a no-brainer for the 65-year-old trainer.

"It's like winning the Arc, but even better", he said in a reference to the storied Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, France's premier horse race.


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