Maximum Security’s Preakness status unclear after Derby DQ

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The next stop in the chase for the Triple Crown is the Preakness, though both Maximum Security and Country House remain noncommittal for the May 18 race following Maximum Security’s disqualification from the Kentucky Derby.

Owner Gary West says he is unsure whether to enter Maximum Security in the Preakness as he ponders appealing the historic decision.

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West realizes the appeals process could extend well beyond the race at Pimlico in Baltimore. And with Kentucky racing stewards’ ruling that Maximum Security interfered with other horses that led to his disqualification, there might not be a point to racing the colt in the Triple Crown series’ middle jewel.

Maximum Security was first to finish Saturday’s muddy Derby before becoming the marquee race’s first winner to be disqualified for interference. Stewards elevated long shot runner-up Country House to the winner’s circle.

Country House trainer Bill Mott said the colt was in good shape after the Derby but remained noncommittal about the 1 1/8-mile Preakness. It would mark Country House’s fourth race in eight weeks.

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