The debacle which was the Kentucky Derby meant 2019 was never going to be an outstanding Triple Crown year. First past the post Maximum Security skipped the second Triple Crown leg, the Preakness Stakes as did Country House who was awarded the race (at odds of +6500!) by the stewards.
As neither horse ran in the Preakness and it was seventh-placed Kentucky Derby finisher, War Of Will, who landed that middle jewel of the Triple Crown. War Of Will will attempt to take the third and final Triple Crown leg, the Belmont, this Saturday. Once again Maximum Security and Country House will stay in their stables.