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May072019

Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not race in Preakness Stakes due to health

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This year's Kentucky Derby winner, Country House, will not race in the Preakness Stakes due to health concerns, according to his trainer.

The champion horse is currently coughing and his blood profile is not normal, his trainer, Bill Mott, told ABC News. The Preakness Stakes, the second round of the Triple Crown, is set for May 18.

Country House was determined the Derby winner when a controversial decision disqualified Maximum Security, the first horse to cross the finish line, after a review found Maximum Security veered out of his path on the final turn.

An appeal filed by Maximum Security's owners was denied by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Additional details on Country House's health were not immediately available.

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