Country House (horse)

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Country House
SireLookin at Lucky
GrandsireSmart Strike
DamQuake Lake
DamsireWar Chant
FoaledMay 8, 2016
CountryUnited States
BreederJ. V. Shields, Jr.
OwnerShields, Jr., Mrs. J. V., McFadden, Jr., E. J. M. and LNJ Foxwoods
TrainerBill Mott
Record7: 2–2–1
Major wins
Triple Crown classic race wins:
Kentucky Derby (2019)

Country House (foaled May 8, 2016) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse best known for winning the 2019 Kentucky Derby.

Country House's win came as result of an objection call from jockey Flavien Prat.[1] Even though Maximum Security crossed the finish line before Country House, Maximum Security was disqualified for interference with several horses and causing a near-spill. At odds of 65–1, Country House had the second highest odds of any Kentucky Derby winner, after Donerail in 1913.[2]


Country House is a chestnut colt bred in Kentucky by Joseph V. Shields Jr. He was sired by Lookin at Lucky, the winner of the 2010 Preakness Stakes.[3] Lookin at Lucky first entered stud as a four-year-old in 2011 and since then has resided at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. He is also the sire of Accelerate, the 2018 American Champion Older Dirt Male Horse, Peter Pan Stakes winner Madefromlucky, and 2017 Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin at Lee.[4]

Country House's dam Quake Lake, a daughter of War Chant, was an allowance winner who won two of her six races.[5] She is a half sister to Prince of Wales Stakes winner Breaking Lucky, who was also sired by Lookin at Lucky and is therefore a close relative of Country House.[6]

Country House was born at Three Chimneys Farm on May 8, 2016. Quake Lake died shortly after giving birth to him, and so he was raised by a nurse mare. He moved to Lane's End Farm as a weanling to prepare for sale as a yearling. Due to his late birth date, he needed more time to develop physically, but was "always a correct, balanced and athletic individual" according to Andy Howard, the assistant yearling manager at Lane's End. Country House was entered in the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale because owner Shields usually sold his yearling colts. However, he was withdrawn from the sale and kept.[6]

Original owner Joseph Shields died in October 2018, shortly after Country House's first race, and Country House's ownership was taken over by Shields' wife, Maury, and his nephew, Guinness McFadden.[6] Country House is trained by William I. Mott.[7]

Racing career[edit]

Country House's first race was on turf at Belmont Park on October 6, 2018, in which he was never a factor.[6] Country House won his first race in his third start, a maiden special weight race at Gulfstream Park on January 17, 2019.[3] After his maiden victory, LNJ Foxwoods purchased an interest in him.[6] He finished 2nd at Risen Star, 3rd at the Arkansas Derby, and 4th at the Louisiana Derby.

In the Kentucky Derby on May 4, Maximum Security crossed the finish line first, but was judged to have impeded War of Will and Long Range Toddy when he swerved into their path, causing them to check strides.[8] As a result, Maximum Security was disqualified, and Country House, who had crossed the finish line second, was declared the winner.[9][10]

On May 7, Country House was ruled out of running in the 2019 Preakness Stakes, due to his trainer detecting a virus.[11] This marked the first time the Kentucky Derby winner did not race in the Preakness Stakes since 1996.


Pedigree of Country House, chestnut colt, foaled May 8, 2016[12]
† Dagger indicates inbreeding
Lookin At Lucky
bay 2007
Smart Strike
b. 1992
Mr. Prospector
b. 1970
Raise a Native
Gold Digger
Classy 'n Smart
b. 1981
No Class
Private Feeling
b. 1999
Belong To Me
dkb/br. 1989
Danzig †
Regal Feeling
b. 1986
Clever Trick
Sharp Belle
Quake Lake
gray or roan 2006
War Chant
dkb/br. 1997
b. 1977
Northern Dancer
Pas de Nom
Hollywood Wildcat
dkb/br. 1990
Kris S.
Miss Wildcatter
Shooting Party
gr/ro. 1998
Sky Classic
ch. 1987
No Class †
gr. 1991
Jade Hunter
Al's Charm (Family 9-f)

Country House is linebred 4 x 3 to Danzig, meaning this sire appears once in the fourth generation of the pedigree and once in the third generation. Country House is also linebred 4 x 4 to No Class, meaning this dam appears twice in the fourth generation of the pedigree.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cody, Benjamin (May 4, 2019). "Kentucky Derby 2019 results: Country House emerges with victory after Maximum Security disqualified". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Koon, Anthony (2019-05-04). "Country House Becomes Second Biggest Kentucky Derby Longshot Ever". Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  3. ^ a b "Country House profile". Equibase. May 4, 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  4. ^ "Lookin At Lucky on Stallion Register Online". Stallion Register Online. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  5. ^ "Quake Lake profile". Equibase. May 4, 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Tales from the Crib: Country House". Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  7. ^ Moore, Josh (May 4, 2019). "Kentucky Derby trainer after unique win: They'll be talking about this for 'a long time.'". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  8. ^ Cody, Benjamin (May 4, 2019). "Kentucky Derby 2019 results: Country House emerges with victory after Maximum Security disqualified". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Hammonds, Evan. "Country House Awarded the Kentucky Derby Via DQ". Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  10. ^ Layden, Tim. "Inside the historic decision that shocked the Kentucky Derby". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  11. ^ Mitchell, Eric (May 7, 2019). "Kentucky Derby Winner Country House to Miss Preakness with Illness". Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  12. ^ "Country House pedigree". Equineline. May 4, 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-05.