According to the report, Mott said Country House has developed a cough, saying “it’s probably a little viral thing.”

“He’s acting like he’s going to get sick,” Mott said to the Daily Racing Forum. “He’s off the training list, and if he’s off the training list he’s off the Preakness list.”

CNN has reached out to Mott for comment.

State horse racing commission denies Maximum Security's appeal of Kentucky Derby disqualification

In an interview with CNN earlier Tuesday morning, Mott was noncommittal about his horse running the Preakness, saying at the time: “If he’s doing very well, we will. I don’t feel like we’ve got any pressure to go other than the fact that the Derby winner usually goes to the Preakness and people are looking forward to seeing him there. We’re going to monitor his progress in the next week and 10 days and then decide.”

Country House was declared the winner of the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday after Maximum Security, who led the Derby from wire to wire and crossed the finish line 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Country House, was disqualified for interference while turning for home. Officials decided that Maximum Security impacted the progress of War of Will, which in turn interfered with Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress.

Barry Stilz, an attorney for Maximum Security’s owner, Gary West, told CNN on Tuesday they intend to seek out additional legal options after an appeal was denied on Monday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

West said on Monday that Maximum Security won’t run in the Preakness. The race, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is May 18.

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