After being declared the winner of the Kentucky Derby by disqualification, Country House will not run in the Preakness because of illness, ending any chance of a Triple Crown this year.
Trainer Bill Mott said Tuesday the long-shot winner of horse racing’s biggest event was no longer being considered to run in the second jewel of the Triple Crown after it looked like Country House was getting sick. After the horse started coughing, which Mott called unusual, blood work showed he was harboring some sort of virus.
“Hopefully, just rest and a little time is going to be what the doctor ordered,” Mott said. “Other than that, he doesn’t actually act sick. He’s kind of a big, tough horse, but there are signs that things are not going in the right direction with him.”
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.
Country Horse is the first Kentucky Derby winner not to enter the Preakness since Grindstone in 1996. Grindstone, who was found to have bone chips in one of his knees, was the first Derby winner to be retired immediately after that race since Bubbling Over in 1926.
to clay-court swing
Roger Federer looked as comfortable as ever on his return to clay after three years away.
Showing no signs of rust after skipping clay-court tournaments the past two seasons, Federer cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Richard Gasquet at the Madrid Open on Tuesday.
Federer, seeded fourth, needed less than an hour to win his first match on clay since 2016 and reach the third round in the Spanish capital.
“It feels good to be back on the clay,” Federer said. “I enjoyed it. Some of these rallies, where you get pushed to the side, you slide. You can play in a different manner than you do on the hard courts or the grass.”
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is preparing to make his first French Open appearance since 2015.
Earlier, top-ranked Novak Djokovic started with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Taylor Fritz.
On the women’s side, top-ranked Naomi Osaka defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 in the second round.
Motor sports: Denny Hamlin suffered from nausea and double vision from carbon monoxide that seeped into his Toyota at the end of Monday’s NASCAR race at Dover. Hamlin said he felt fine Tuesday and was ready to race this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
College baseball: Christian Robinson went 4-for-4 with three RBIs as third-ranked Stanford (35-8) rolled to a 5-1 victory over visiting Santa Clara (11-35).
• Darren Baker had two hits, drove in two runs, scored twice and stole two bases — including home — as Cal (28-15) picked up a 10-5 win at USF (27-22). The Bears have won 17 of their past 21 games. They host a three-game series against Stanford beginning Friday night.
— Steve Kroner
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