Country House, the winner of last week’s controversial Kentucky Derby, will skip the Preakness Stakes and not make a bid for the Triple Crown due to illness, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.
Trainer Bill Mott told the racing publication that Country House is coming down with a cold.
He’s a familiar foe to some of the Derby contenders, finishing second to Derby runner-up Code of Honor in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and fourth behind Maximum Security, Bodexpress and Code of Honor in the Florida Derby.
The dirt oval where Seabiscuit and War Admiral faced off head-to-head would be gone, torn up and relegated to history, as would the creaky grandstands and clubhouse where fans cheered on greats like Secretariat, American Pharoah and Justify, all eventual Triple Crown winners.
Under a new $424 million plan put forth in a report by the Maryland Stadium Authority, Pimlico Race Course would remain up on Old Hilltop, but everything would be razed and a new multi-use complex would be built on the 110-acre parcel. The new track, 15/16 miles in length on the dirt, would be rotated 35 degrees clockwise, and there are plans for an all new state-of-the-art clubhouse for the massive crowds that turn out for the Preakness Stakes.
In March of 2010, Anthony Graber was charged with felony violation of the Maryland wiretapping law. Mr. Garber was confronted by a plain-clothes police officer, Joseph David Ulher, for speeding and recklessly driving his motorcycle. Mr. Garber had a video recording device on his helmet, recording his drive. When Mr. Garber was confronted by Officer Ulher, he neglected to tell him that the device on his helmet was recording the interaction.
I’ve had a problem with Kegasus, the half-human, half-horse Preakness mascot, since his debut in 2011. But it wasn’t his low-brow, irresponsible vibe. It was mostly that despite his punning name, he isn’t a pegasus; he’s a centaur. (Come on, people!)