Country House, Maximum Security head to the sidelines

Country House, Maximum Security head to the sidelines
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For Maximum Security, it was one day to the racetrack and done. Country House didn't get to that point before connections pulled him out of training.

Don't expect to see either of the Top 2 across the wire in last weekend's Kentucky Derby during the rest of the Triple Crown series.

The Asbury Park Press' Stephen Edelson reported Friday that Maximum Security was due for an X-ray after he jogged Thursday at Monmouth Park. 

"I wasn’t happy with him on the track yesterday," trainer Jason Servis told Edelson. "It wasn’t the same horse I saw before the Derby and after the Florida Derby. My guess is that, when Doc (Bill) Keegan and I get together he might need some time off now."

Maximum Security, who finished first by 1 3/4 lengths but was disqualified due to interference before the top of the stretch, also exited the race with cuts on his hind legs. His owner, Gary West, considers the abrasions evidence that the trailing War of Will interfered with Maximum Security before the colt veered out and is seeking the overturn the stewards' ruling placing him 17th.

The July 20 Haskell Invitational (G1) sets up as a longer-term target for Maximum Security.

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The beneficiary of that call, Country House, was promoted to the Derby win but won't participate in either of the final legs of the Triple Crown. Trainer Bill Mott told the Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman on Friday that the colt, who was said to be coming down ill earlier this week, shipped to the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., "to get thoroughly checked out."

“He’ll have a tracheal wash, they’ll make sure he’s being treated with the proper antibiotics, make sure whatever bacteria is in there is being properly dealt with," Mott told Privman. "He seems to be responding well. It’s not an emergency. We just wanted to get him over there and get him examined.”

With Mott basing in New York in the summer, races like Saratoga's July 27 Jim Dandy (G2) and Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (G1) could be next.

And so while neither setback is believed to be serious, it likely counts out for Maximum Security and definitely means no Belmont Stakes for Country House.

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